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Jack Link's Production Team Lead - Cold Craft 1st Shift in Laurens, Iowa

Running with Sasquatch is more than just a clever marketing campaign. As a Jack Link’s team member, Running with Sasquatch means we roll up our buffalo plaid sleeves and do the hard work first. We don’t shy away from challenges. In fact, we push hard and take risks. True to our North Woods roots, we're a bunch of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things by driving results with innovation, creativity and a clear sense of urgency. Like our awesome protein products, we have an unwavering passion for quality, and you won’t find anything artificial here. What you see is what you get… authentic, humble and fun people who Run with Sasquatch!

Running with Sasquatch takes a team. We invite you to run with us, succeed with us, and celebrate with us. Most importantly, Feed Your Wild Side with us on our journey to be the dominant global leader of branded protein snacks!

Jack Link's Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Still family-owned and operated with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and operates a total of 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities in four countries. Jack Link’s produces high-quality, great-tasting protein snacks that feed the wild sides of consumers around the world. Jack Link's Protein Snacks family of brands includes Jack Link's, Lorissa's Kitchen, World Kitchens Jerky, Bifi and Peperami.

Lead a team of Production Workers within a production area (Formulation, Stuffing, or Packaging). Produce product, completing tasks, or receiving and shipping product.  Keeps crew on task to meet production demands.


The duties and responsibilities of this position shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following:


  • Manage start-up to ensure proper materials are available throughout the shift.

  • Perform necessary checks at start of shift and at each new product; document on paperwork, code date, correct label, etc.

  • Follow daily production schedule and achieve specified goals.

  • Prevent and minimize rework and/or inedible.

  • Works closely with Supervisor to plan and schedule work for team.

  • Update foreman/supervisor on a regular basis about progress on the daily production schedule. 

  • Monitor workflow and adjust personnel and resources to maximize production efficiencies.

  • Recognizes and performs duties which need to be performed, although not directly assigned.

  • Completes reports and reviews for management. Handles and deals with customer, carrier, and employee issues. 

  • Complete all daily production paperwork completely and monitor others for for accuracy

  • Perform inventories and reporting in a timely manner

  • Ensure products are correctly labeled and identified for proper disposition, and FIFO rotation.

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as necessary.


  • Maintain a safe, clean and organized work area.

  • Immediately report all accidents and deficiencies to the foreman/supervisor.

  • Ensure safety devices are installed and working properly.

  • Monitor work environment for general food safety hazards and ensure all workers are following company safety policies.


  • Keep foreman/supervisor informed daily of problems incurred during the shift.

  • Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.

  • Maintains great communication with all departments.


  • Follow good manufacturing practices and HACCP training, along with company SOP’s, and SSOP’s.

  • Assists in training all new personnel hired into the department

  • Address employee concerns and coach employees on proper behaviors and performance.

  • Contribute to the employee performance appraisal process by providing behavior and performance feedback to the foreman/supervisor.

  • Directly supervises the performance and efficiency of all Team Members, relaying necessary personnel information to the Department Supervisor.

  • Ensure team members are properly attired and ready to start production promptly at start time, and after authorized breaks.


Required Education: None

Required Experience: 6 months of relevant lead or manufacturing experience

Preferred: High School Diploma or GED and experience in the food industry


  • Ability to work un-supervised

  • Computer knowledge; Outlook, Excel, SAP

  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Deals proactively with work-related problems

  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to recognize and deal with priorities on the plant floor.

  • Must have ability to understand production quotas and labor efficiency. 

  • Solid verbal and written communication skills; must work effectively with different levels of management and employee groups.

  • Must demonstrate leadership, problem solving, and employee motivational skills.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to be successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is a plant / office setting with varying degrees of temperatures and noise levels. Exposure to manufacturing equipment movement and wet / slippery floors. Travel may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Jack Link's is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Jack Link's provides the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new Team Member’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. IMPORTANT: If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, we are required to provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. We do not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. In order to determine whether Form I-9 documentation is valid, we use E-Verify’s photo screening tool to match the photograph appearing on some permanent resident and employment authorization cards with the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) photograph. If you believe that Jack Link’s has violated our responsibilities under this program or has discriminated against you during the verification process based upon your national origin or citizenship status, please call the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515).

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.