MadisonRecruiter Since 2001
the smart solution for Madison jobs

Continuous Improvement Manager

Company: Johnsonville Sausage
Location: Watertown
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

At Johnsonville, our members are responsible for everything! If you're passionate about making a difference, we want you to help make our products, our processes, our communities and each other better. Wisconsin-based Johnsonville is the No. 1 national sausage brand, featuring bratwurst, Italian, snack and breakfast sausages in fresh and fully cooked varieties. Founded in 1945 by the late Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, the company employs 1,800 members and remains privately owned today. Come join our family-owned company!

Position Overview:

The successful candidate will be involved in creating the CI roadmap and implementing it for our Watertown Facility. This work will help us get closer to our vision - "Best Company in the World". The focus of projects and initiatives for this position will include safety, quality, people and productivity initiatives. The skills, talents, knowledge and leadership of the successful candidate will be utilized by creating necessity to learn, around continuous improvement tools and practices, which will widen the circle of engagement and ownership within the facility.


Champion the PDCA methodology for problem solving and lead efforts to formalize use in the facility
Analyze data to find improvement opportunities and plan actions around safety, quality, people and cost improvement initiatives
Work with members and the Continuous Improvement Coach to execute the vision for best in the world continuous improvement
Be the expert on Lean manufacturing and overall continuous improvement concepts, as well as providing learning opportunities to members
Set goals and objectives, both personal and as a member of the Core Team, to acquire "superlative" performance to support the Johnsonville Way
Facilitate the productivity pipeline (cost savings) process using Loss Analysis tools to drive to Zero Loss
Collaborate and lead cross-functional teams to drive out process variation


Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business Administration or Food Science or related field required.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred


Minimum of 5 years' experience in driving Lean manufacturing and/or Six Sigma initiatives with measurable results which includes a minimum of 3 years of experience in a leadership role within a manufacturing environment
Preferred minimum of 3 years' experience coaching Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing tools, techniques (including Kaizen) and methodologies
TPM experience preferred

Skills and Competencies:

Strong written and verbal communication skills required
Demonstrated experience of implementing improvements with front line Members
Strong leadership and facilitation skills with the ability to widen the circle of engagement within the membership
Strong project management skills with demonstrated success on safety, quality, people and productivity
Must be proficient with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Minitab

Other Requirements:

Willing to travel up to 10% of the time using CI expertise to work on shared projects with other plants and/or projects

Posting Date: 11/2/22

Coach for this position: Felipe Vasquez, Plant Coordinator

(We don't have bosses at Johnsonville. We have Coaches. They are there to help you develop your talents. They cannot make you run laps.)

Travel: 5-15%

Location: Watertown, WI

Member Status: Fulltime, Salaried

(At Johnsonville, you are not an employee. You are a Member and, yes, Membership has its privileges - like the ability to buy sausage at great discounts. Our more traditional benefits are great, too.)

Reason for Posting: Member Leaving Organization

Referral Bonus: Refer a new member and you're BOTH eligible for a $1,000 referral reward (paid out in increments over the new hire's first 6 months of service)!

How to Apply:

Internal Members: Log into Home Page - The Grill ( Click on the MemberCentral app (left maroon sidebar) then click on the "Home" drop down and click "Careers" to apply for the position titled " Continuous Improvement Coordinator." Please apply by November 11, 2022.

External candidate: Apply online only at:

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.%12769985%

Keywords: Johnsonville Sausage, Madison , Continuous Improvement Manager, Executive , Watertown, Wisconsin

Click here to apply!

Didn't find what you're looking for? Search again!

I'm looking for
in category

Log In or Create An Account

Get the latest Wisconsin jobs by following @recnetWI on Twitter!

Madison RSS job feeds