Plant Director


Sheboygan Falls, WI, US

Shift:  First Shift
Requisition ID:  51236

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


Plant Director – Multi Site


Johnsonville is a leading food manufacturing company with multiple manufacturing facilities across various locations. We prioritize the safety of our members, our product quality, and the growth and development of our members. Our culture is built on trust, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence.


We are seeking a dynamic and strategic manufacturing Plant Director to lead our Countryside and Meadowside manufacturing facilities who has a proven track record of creating an environment of ownership, fostering a culture of trust, and achieving superlative results.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the performance and coaching of the Meadowside and Countryside manufacturing facilities.
  • Foster a culture of trust, collaboration, and accountability, empowering teams to take ownership of their work, pursue continuous improvement, and achieve exceptional outcomes.
  • Establish clear performance expectations and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for each plant, consistently offering feedback and recognition to enhance member engagement and drive motivation.
  • Optimize operational processes and align standards of work, while enhancing manufacturing agility.
  • Provide coaching, mentorship, and professional development opportunities to team members, fostering their growth and advancement within the organization.
  • Oversee safety, quality, and compliance with regulatory requirements, instilling a strong sense of responsibility and integrity among all staff members.
  • Lead manufacturing Reliability Excellence initiatives and Continuous Improvement (CI) efforts to optimize processes and enhance operational efficiency.
  • Cultivate robust relationships with cross-functional teams and corporate leadership, ensuring alignment of multi-site operations with overarching company strategy and objectives.
  • Lead regular communication channels to keep members informed, engaged, and connected across all plant locations, fostering a cohesive sense of belonging and unity within the organization.



  • Minimum of 8 years in a senior operations leadership role with responsibility overseeing a sizable manufacturing facility with strong focus on superlative results and team leadership, required
    • Multi-site experience preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of meat industry or food commodity experience preferred
  • Proven track record of driving and sustaining meaningful, productive change that creates long-term value
  • Knowledge of governance, risk, compliance and legal issues relevant in the industry



  • Bachelor’s Degree in manufacturing, business, or related field, required
    • Master's Degree preferred


Skills and Competencies:

  • Operates with transparency and unquestionable integrity and builds trusting relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead high performing teams through trust, collaboration, and empowerment
  • Leads with confidence and has a motivating executive presence; has outstanding interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
  • Strategic Thinking - Demonstrates a keen ability to think from the outside in
  • High level of autonomy in planning, executing, and developing contingencies
  • Demonstrated drive to achieve results and take calculated risks
  • Confidently adapts and adjusts to changes and challenges while maintaining a positive outlook
  • Record of cross-functional project management leadership
  • Proficiency in utilizing data for informed decision-making and process optimization


Other Requirements:

  • Flexibility to work across shifts as well as across departments
  • Willingness to travel (up to 10%)


Date:                            May 22, 2024


Location:                      Countryside and Meadowside Plants; Sheboygan Falls, WI

(Our office is about an hour north of Milwaukee)


Coach:                          Sr. Director of Operations


Member Status:           Full Time, Salaried


Travel:                          Not a ton, less than 10% of your time


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, as well as access to the 24/7 onsite fitness center, onsite medical clinic 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:


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.