Communications Manager


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!

Position Details

Communications Manager
Northeast Wisconsin
Sheboygan Falls, WI

Position Overview:

Founded in 1945 by the Stayer family, Johnsonville has grown from a small-town butcher shop, to become a leading global sausage business with sales in more than 40 countries. The Communications Manager plays an important role keeping the company’s more than 2,000 members informed, engaged and inspired. This position is a great opportunity for someone who thrives in an organization that prioritizes learning, superlative performance and teamwork.

At Johnsonville, you will:

  • Lead and execute the internal communications function, including member and executive communication
  • Be a champion of our company culture, The Johnsonville Way, which prioritizes learning for life and “loving your neighbor.”


  • Develop and implement communication strategies to help Johnsonville achieve its enterprise priorities
  • Own internal communication channels, including content planning and creation, as well as results measurement, with a focus on Johnsonville’s intranet and mobile app, called The Grill
  • Partner with CEO and Strategy (leadership) Team on executive communications, including regular Town Hall meeting preparation and content development, as well as critical company-wide announcements
  • Collaborate with PR and social media teams to learn about external campaigns and promotions and create relevant, engaging content for Johnsonville members
  • Oversee internal communication partners and external agency support to achieve communications objectives
  • Manage annual internal communications budget
  • Partner with talent acquisition and marketing teams to create impactful employment branding awareness and recruitment campaigns
  • Lead internal communication related to crisis planning and response, including partnering with external communicators and agencies


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, Marketing, PR or related discipline required


  • Minimum five years’ experience in a communications, public relations (PR) or similar role
  • Excellent writing, communication and editing skills
  • Experience writing for a variety of digital platforms


  • Cultivating networks and partnerships
  • Customer focus
  • Driving for results
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Valuing differences
  • Positive approach


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