Assistant Food Safety and Quality Coordinator


Holton, KS, US

Shift:  Second Shift
Requisition ID:  51248

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. Since 1945, Wisconsin-based Johnsonville has proudly made our products in the U.S.A.! Our family-owned company has grown from a small butcher shop to the No. 1 national sausage brand. We employ 3,000+ members. Johnsonville products are enjoyed in 45 countries and served in 130 sports stadiums throughout the U.S.


Johnsonville, LLC


Assistant Food Safety & Quality Coordinator

Holton, KS


Position Overview:

This is a great job for a person who has passion and drive for food safety and quality. In this role you can leverage your expertise and experiences related to food safety and building people to develop strategies and tactics that will help the organization accomplish its goal of becoming the Best Company in the World. Your passion for continuous improvement efforts will enable Members in the organization to meet the goals of making gold standard products. You will function as a role model and educator of the Johnsonville Way thus facilitating this as “a way of life” within the Holton facility.



  • Drive continuous improvement efforts that will facilitate the creation of “safety as a way of life” which will lead us towards our goal of 0 IFR year after year
  • Exemplify and advocate the Johnsonville Way every day
  • Identify trends and process variation within food safety/quality and execute corrective actions with the help of plant operations and continuous improvement to optimize the safety and quality of our products
  • Work with plant operations to define food safety and quality performance metrics
  • Lead or co-lead third party audits (SQF and customer) and maintain required programs
  • Function as a liaison for plant operations on food safety and quality policies as they relate to both internal and external customers and third-party vendors
  • Be a plant representative to the USDA and other regulatory agencies, while ensuring compliance to GMP standards, USDA, and other regulatory requirements
  • Aid with coordinating and troubleshooting of day-to-day food safety and quality opportunities to help the teams define comprehensive and proactive solutions
  • Use your technical expertise to educate members on animal handling, food safety and quality applications and systems
  • Be a resource to the plant operations and to represent food safety and quality on cross-functional project teams
  • Develop future leaders as a pipeline for food safety and quality roles and/or operational leadership positions
  • Coach the food safety and quality team leader
  • Coach and drive ownership with members in the areas of safety, food safety and quality, cost of goods manufactured, customer service, member development and BPTW
  • Develop and sustain relationships with teams from outside the facility (such as R&D, FSQ, Engineering, Thought Leadership, and other facilities)
  • Back up the Food Safety and Quality Coordinator in their absence



  • Bachelor’s degree in food science, Microbiology or a related field required
  • Graduate degree preferred (Experience and business knowledge will be considered)



  • Three years’ experience in a leadership/coaching role with significant involvement in developing Members to greater levels of responsibility is preferred
  • Harvest experience is preferred
  • Experience in the food industry is preferred, but not required
  • Experience in strategic planning processes


Skills and Competencies:

  • Knowledge and understanding of food safety, HACCP systems, USDA/FDA, Animal Handling and Welfare programs and regulatory requirements and have established regulatory relationships
  • Experience with fresh product shelf life and microbiology
  • Knowledge of GMPs
  • SQF Practitioner certification desired
  • Experience with SAP desired
  • Demonstrated communication and listening skills
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Ability to lead by example and involve others in the decision-making process
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and be flexible by adjusting priorities
  • Proven ability to “widen the circle of engagement” and ownership
  • Proven ability to innovate, motivate and affect change
  • Willing to take calculated risks
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team and drive to achieve results
  • Learning agility


Date:                                 May 24, 2024

Location:                          Holton, KS

Coach:                               Food Safety Quality Coordinator

Member Status:              Full Time, Salaried

Travel:                               Not a ton, 5-10% of your time

Hours:                               11:00 am to 8:00 pm (flexibility depending on team/plant needs)


Benefits:                           Members have potential for a monthly bonus, 401k with a company match and profit sharing. Members also have access to terrific benefits including affordable medical, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; disability and life insurance; and fertility and adoption assistance. Johnsonville also offers competitive paid time off, including paid parental time off and tuition reimbursement! 


About our Company

Since 1945, our family-owned band of sausage-makers has invented better ways to make, eat and prepare crave-able sausage. Today, we are 3,000 Members strong. We sell our famous sausage in all 50 United States and more than 40 countries. We have a culture built on the idea that if we make developing your talents our top priority, great business results will follow naturally. We call it The Johnsonville Way. It has been our secret sauce for decades, and we hope you get to experience it for yourself!


How to Apply:  


External candidate:  Apply on-line only at:


Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.


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.