Continuous Skills & Development Specialist in Laurens IA

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Continuous Skills & Development Specialist
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Laurens IA
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Continuous Improvement Manager

Company Description

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&##39;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&##39;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&##39;s Protein Snacks family of brands includes Jack Link&##39;s, Lorissa&##39;s Kitchen, World Kitchens Jerky, Bifi and Peperami.

Job Description

The Continuous Skills Development Specialist is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Continuous Skills Development (CSD) process while following all Good Manufacturing Practices and USDA guidelines in a plant location. This role will work closely with plant operations to define and document the one best way to perform a specific task and ensure that these methods are embedded in the training documentation.


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

  • Assess the knowledge and skills needed to effectively perform jobs within the facility.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of CSD training materials for all job tasks.
  • Ensure plant location CSD processes meet the Corporate CSD process requirements.
  • Work with CI and CSD team members across the company as required ensuring consistency and continuous improvement.
  • Amend and revise programs as necessary, in order to adapt to the changes that occur in the work environment.
  • Ensuring that statutory training requirements are met.
  • Train certified trainers (subject matter experts) and supervisors in techniques and skills for proper training methods and giving feedback to team members.
  • Lead group and individual training sessions to include orientation, required continuous developmentand other adhoc training needs.
  • Organize and catalogue training materials and resources and effectively communicate how to access resources.
  • Keep accurate records of completed team member trainings and certificates.
  • Facilitate and lead meetings with all levels of team members, while ensuring CSD methods and procedures are used.
  • Follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) along with company pre-requisite programs, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP s), and Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures (SSOP s).
  • Audit CSD Methods for compliance with company standards
  • Support Team Member engagement.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as necessary.


Required Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred

Required Experience:

  • One to three years of experience working in a direct or staff function within a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in the development and creation of training documents such as SOPs, work instructions, procedures or job aids
  • Project management experience


  • Previous experience as a trainer, training project SME and/or training designer
  • Knowledge of plant operations processes


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; must work effectively with all levels of management and team members.
  • Ability to build interpersonal relationships within a manufacturing environment
  • Proven ability to build consensus across functions and shifts in a plant
  • Microsoft Office Skills - Strong Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills; experience working with graphics
  • Project management experience / ability to manage multiple projects
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Able to organize and prioritize in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Able to read and write legibly.
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.

Additional Information

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&##39;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&##39;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).

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