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Food Safety/Quality Leader - Watertown, WI

Johnsonville Sausage

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We are committed to providing only the highest-quality products. As a member of our quality team, youíll ensure Johnsonville meets or exceeds all standards set by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other regulatory agencies. Of course, thatís just for starters. What outside organization could care more about our quality than we do? Our commitment to quality must be unparalleled. We treat every Johnsonville product like it will be served at our own family table.

Food Safety/Quality Leader

Watertown, WI

Position Overview

Your contribution will ensure that Johnsonville products are of the highest quality and that we continue to produce premium products. You will learn a variety of manufacturing processes and expand upon your existing knowledge for the application of making world class sausage. There is unlimited opportunity for growth as you interact with other members of the company in the quest for continuous improvement to drive a best in the world quality culture.

Why This Is A Great Job For Anyone Who Wants To Accept Nothing Less Than Personal Greatness

You get to:

  • Perform HACCP verifications as written in the HACCP plan.
  • Coach the day to day operations of the Food Safety / Quality laboratory.
  • Ensure the daily HACCP and quality documentation is accurate, complete, pre-shipment reviewed and proper follow-ups are documented in SAP.
  • Train members in Food Safety and Quality programs.
  • Conduct Food Safety / Quality inspections and audits for adherence to established standards.
  • Identify, define and solve issues.
  • Responsible for daily SSOP and GMP monitoring and reporting.
  • Represent Food Safety / Quality in plant and company-wide cross functional teams.
  • Develop, teach and implement statistical trending applications.
  • Work with the sanitation team to ensure compliance to established company standards.
  • Perform daily lab tasks such as swabbing, plating, shelf life, sensory and result reporting.
  • Maintain/promote the management of change program for the Watertown facility.
  • Develop your skills by backing up the Assistant Food Safety / Quality Coordinator and Food Safety/Quality Coordinator.
  • Interact with USDA-FSIS inspectors on a routine basis.
  • Play an active role during outside audits.
  • Stretch and grow your current skill sets to the next level and beyond.
  • Be challenged to learn and grow on a daily basis.
  • Participate in incident/defective product tracking, decision-making and ensure proper documentation
  • Assist in managing hold database in SAP
  • Coordinate and assist with weekly Finished Product audits.
  • Update product procedures as needed in PLM.
  • Update SOPs as needed.
  • Learn to lead special projects involving human error reduction, standard work, continuous improvement, Company-wide initiatives, etc.
  • Perform audits of Animal Handling and Welfare program.
  • Develop, monitor, and train members on Quality metrics.


What You Bring To The Job:

  • Bachelorís degree in Biology, Microbiology or a related field preferred
    • Internal candidates without a Bachelorís degree must be currently enrolled in a Bachelorís degree program or willing to pursue.
  • 2 years of experience in the food industry preferred
  • Desire to become a future leader (potential replacement for Food Safety / Quality Coordinator position or other positions within the company)
  • Knowledge of food safety, HACCP, GMPís and SSOPís preferred
  • Experience working under a regulatory system, USDA preferred
  • HACCP trained or certification desired
  • SQF Practitioner certification desired
  • Understanding of quality and sanitation systems with ability to execute against them
  • Working understanding of statistical quality tools
  • Detail oriented, responsible, self- motivated individual
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member without direct supervision
  • Strong problem solver
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with SAP desired
  • The ability to work weekends or second or third shifts
  • Willingness to relocate to other facilities within the organization
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Location:
     Watertown, WI
  • Hours: Full-Time: Mid shift hours with some flexibility. 12PM-8PM.

We value the diversity of our workforce and we embrace the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment. M/F/Vet/Disability

Johnsonville values the service Veterans and their family members have given to our country. We support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.


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