1st Shift Material Handler


Watertown, WI, US

Shift:  First Shift
Requisition ID:  50415

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!



1st Shift Material Handler (Shipping Department)

Watertown, WI


Position Overview

The successful candidate will ensure compliance with safety, quality, and attendance requirements.  In addition, this candidate will establish and sustain effective relationships with all Members so that they may work together to promote innovation and cooperation in order to solve problems.



Essential Duties / Responsibilities

  • Driving PIV standing forklifts to move materials within the facility. This includes spending a significant time in the freezer rotating product for storage and shipment
  • Using handheld scanning devices to move materials within the SAP system
  • Consistently handle “great tasting” sausage and raw material goods
  • Have an impact on customer success by productively assembling customer orders and keeping order pickers supplied with necessary product
  • Maintaining the highest standards of detail as it relates to product specifications and quality
  • Actively participate in daily meetings and project teams
  • Work as a team by helping fellow team members who may need help
  • Communicate with other departments regarding schedule changes
  • Pull spice and stage for the next day’s run
  • Communicating and working with truck drivers for delivery and pickup of goods




  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred


Experience / Skills

  • Experience working in a shipping/warehouse environment utilizing PIVs
  • Ability to obtain forklift certification and maintain a good safety record
  • SAP experience preferred but not required



Skills and Competencies

  • Possess an unending commitment to personal and professional development thru technical/non-technical training efforts
  • Set goals and objectives; both personal and as a team member to acquire "superlative" performance to support The Johnsonville Way
  • Ability to cross-train within different areas of the shipping department
  • Member must be highly motivated, willingness to provide/share ideas and solutions, and possess a high level of expectations
  • Owning the safety of oneself and fellow team members


Physical Demands

  • Must be willing to work in very cold working conditions pulling product (our freezer gets as cold as -20°F)
  • Must be able to lift 60 pounds
  • Walking and/or Standing throughout the shift
  • Bending and/or Reaching throughout the shift


Other Requirements

  • External Candidates Only:  Ability to pass a pre-employment, post offer drug screen, physical and background check.




Location:   Watertown, WI

Coach for this position:  Destiny McGowan, Shipping Team Leader (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.)

Member Status:  Full Time, Hourly  (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.)

Starting Hourly Rate:  $22.92 per hour starting pay

Hours:  1st Shift; 5:30am - 2:30pm (Overtime as production demands)

Referral Bonus:                                



How to Apply:     

External candidates:  Apply online at http://careers.johnsonville.com


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.