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Animal Handler/Receiver Team Leader

Company: Johnsonville Sausage
Location: Holton
Posted on: November 27, 2022

Job Description:

At Johnsonville, we use our business to build our people. 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 enjoyed in 45 countries. Founded in 1945 by the late Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, our company is 2,000 members strong and remains privately owned today. Come join our family-owned company!

Animal Handler/Receiver Team Leader

Why This Is A Great Job for A Person Who Accepts Nothing Less Than Personal Greatness

Your contribution will ensure that Johnsonville products are of the highest quality and meet our defined standards of safety. You'll learn about a variety of processes, expanding your existing knowledge for application into the business of making sausage. There is unlimited opportunity for growth as you become an active contributor to the Johnsonville Team and assist your team in the quest for continual improvement.

Position Overview

The successful candidate will be a proactive team builder in the hog barn facility and provide support and direction to Members of the department. The Animal Handler/Receiver Team Leader will be expected to lead, motivate, and provide learning opportunities for Members to achieve professional animal handling, improve individual skills, and enhance teamwork. In addition, this Member will ensure compliance with safety, animal welfare, and sanitation requirements as well as function as a technical and business resource in areas of system operations and production requirements. This Member will work towards continuous improvement of hog barn operations by leading projects and initiatives; and establish and sustain effective relationships with all Members in order to foster an environment where innovation and cooperation are used to solve problems.


Ensure Johnsonville animal welfare guidelines are met by all animal handlers by monitoring the proper handling of livestock on the premises. This includes completing humane handling feedback documentation.
Coach and guide Members through deliberate personal and professional development.
Lead a progressive disciplinary process whenever disciplinary action is needed.
Partner with scheduling, processing and harvest to determine daily run order and schedule which maximize processing efficiencies.
Manage budget and resource allocations for the hog barn.
Ensure that all livestock received into the facility are handled and held in accordance with USDA, NAMI, and Johnsonville animal welfare guidelines.
Effectively manage member schedules to ensure fair and equitable work hours and time off for all members.
Effectively conduct team meetings.
Complete daily production performance reports and shift paperwork.
Effectively communicate information to Members.
Identify and lead process improvement initiatives for the hog barn.
Create and promote a team environment, coach through conflict, and resolve interpersonal issues
Be a role model to all Members.
Ensure livestock lots are ready to accommodate plant schedule.
Ensure that all animals are inspected by USDA.
Lead initiatives and develop strategies to maximize profits. Identify concerns and opportunities professionally when dealing with internal and external customers.
Ensure the confidentiality of our business at all times.
Must complete in-house animal welfare training.
Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Competencies

Ability to perform responsibilities with minimal supervision
Computer skills required
Strong self-motivation
Excellence in livestock evaluation/handling
Written and Verbal communication skills required
Ability to take on future learning opportunities
Knowledge of animal welfare policy
Knowledge of packers and stockyards regulations.


High School Diploma or equivalent


This position involves working indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Conditions include exposure to moderate noise levels, odor and presence of animal blood. This position is exposed to wide variations in temperature.


Johnsonville Holton

Positions Available:



4:00 am - done.
(Overtime as production demands including possible weekends)

How to Apply:

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Keywords: Johnsonville Sausage, Topeka , Animal Handler/Receiver Team Leader, Other , Holton, Kansas

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