Production Manager


Momence, IL, US

Shift:  First Shift
Requisition ID:  51232

Momence Packing is a harvest and manufacturing facility and exclusive supplier to Johnsonville, LLC, the No. 1 national sausage brand. Momence Packing members earn more than a paycheck. Our members enjoy competitive wages, generous benefits and growth and development opportunities.  


Momence Packing Company


Production Harvest Manager


Position Overview:

Momence Packing has a commitment to become the best company in the world by offering the highest quality products and maintaining a work environment that requires personal growth and superlative performance by each member. As the Production Harvest Manager, you will be responsible for coaching and developing Harvest, Deboning, and Processing coaches, team leaders and members. This position is involved in the planning and execution of manufacturing objectives to achieve company/facility goals in four end-states (safety, quality, cost, and service). You will leverage your skills and experience in the areas of leadership, continuous improvement, project management, and building people to develop strategies and tactics that will ensure successful production of the most craveable sausage in the world. You will act as a role model and educator of the Johnsonville Way thus facilitating this as “a way of life” within the Momence Packing facility.



  • Own the safety, quality, and productivity results in the areas you are focused
  • 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
  • Work closely with the Operations Coordinator to develop budget and strategic plans for the area
  • Lead efforts to create and sustain readiness pipelines within the operation
  • In conjunction with Coaches and Team Leaders, lead hiring teams and processes as it relates to new member and new position hiring and onboarding
  • Have dual ownership with Coaches on performance, reviews, development, Personal Development Commitments, and disciplinary issues that occur on the production floor
  • Lead efforts for Animal Welfare and Humane Handling Best Practices, Sanitary Dressing Processes, and Harvest Best Practices
  • Widen the circle of engagement and ownership with members in the areas of safety, food safety/quality, cost of goods manufactured, customer service, member development and BPTW (Best Place to Work)
  • Facilitate and lead new product and new technology implementation teams across the Harvest departments
  • Promote and instill a culture of personal learning and professional development that will ensure the successful development of all Members within the business
  • Coach your area and its Members to deliver continuous improvement in the four organizational end-states (safety, quality, cost, and service)
  • Facilitate and drive goal and objective planning with teams that this position is responsible for
  • Enhance partnerships with our raw materials suppliers through creation of feedback mechanisms regarding cost, quality, and delivery and identifying efficiency opportunities as relates to delivery times and the operations
  • Identify and share best practices across the facility and network
  • Work with Scheduler and Coaches on weekly product scheduling for your area of responsibility
  • To enhance flexibility within our operation, occasionally spend time on other shifts and in other areas within the plant



  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; experience and business knowledge will be considered in lieu of degree completion



  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a leadership/coaching role with significant involvement in developing members to greater levels of responsibility
  • Experience in the food industry is preferred
  • Experience in Meat Harvest Facility preferred
  • Bi-lingual English and Spanish preferred


Skills and Competencies:

  • Proven ability in developing and coaching others to greater levels of responsibility
  • Experience using continuous improvement methodologies (5S, lean, Six Sigma, etc.) to improve products and processes
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in budgeting, capital planning, capacity planning and productivity pipeline projects
  • Demonstrated communication and listening skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve effectively and efficiently
  • 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 motivate others and affect change; drive to achieve results
  • Willing to take calculated risks
  • Learning agility


Date:                                                February 9, 2024

Coach:                                            Operations Coordinator

Location:                                         Momence, IL (Our facility is about a 1 hour south of Chicago)

Member Status:                              Fulltime, Salaried

Travel:                                              About 5-10% of your time


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 Candidates:

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.