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Jack Link's Maintenance Supervisor in Mankato, Minnesota

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.

As a working Supervisor, this position will provide direction, establishing priorities, assigns tasks, coordinates work projects and the work of other maintenance personnel to ensure safe and effective use of manpower. Ensures reliable operation of plant/warehouse and equipment.


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


  • Supervises repairs, maintenance, cleaning and installation of machines to ensure continuous production.

  • Supervises general maintenance of building and grounds.

  • Inspect machines and equipment for conformance with operational standards

  • Ensures that the building, the machinery, and all areas are fully functional and safe for use. Responsible for all projects related to facilities maintenance.

  • Ensures all plant/DC systems are operating as required and within the specification limits for plant operations. (air compressors, ammonia systems, HVAC, etc.)

  • Observes, documents and offers suggestions for equipment modifications, changes and upgrades that improve production processes.

  • Develop preventative maintenance plans for all equipment

  • Requisition tools, equipment and supplies for required operations.

  • Responsible for monitoring completion of assigned Preventative Maintenance tasks and returns completed documentation to Maintenance Coordinator.


  • Ensure proper staffing is maintained, including interviewing and hiring new team members.

  • Responsible for coaching and disciplining employees. Responsible for appraising employee performance.

  • Train maintenance associates in all aspects of their job responsibilities

  • Ensure that all employees are adequately and properly trained in safety, sanitation procedures, and chemical handling, etc.

  • Develop a workforce that trains line leads to be responsible for all aspects of their lines and are capable of performing preventative maintenance procedures.

  • Maintain attendance records, counsel employees with poor attendance, and follow up with coaching/discipline as appropriate.

  • Appraise work performance: conduct appropriate reviews for team members; give coaching/discipline as appropriate in a consistent and timely manner.

  • Review, correct, and approve timekeeping tool to ensure team members are paid correctly each pay period.

  • Ensures all procedures, polices, and work rules are followed.


  • Maintains a safe and healthy working environment in accordance with all safety, USDA and OSHA regulations.

  • Maintains a clean work area and follows all safety procedures and instructs Maintenance Technicians, i.e. Lock-out/Tag-out, to maintain a safe working environment.

  • Documents all on-site employee accidents and reviews preventative measures with employee.

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


  • Provide hands on leadership to the facility maintenance team

  • Build and support a culture which values Personnel Safety and Food Safety.

  • Encourage team member initiative and innovation, and show recognition for effort and achievement.


  • Communicate with peers, subordinates, and leaders in an effective, timely manner.

  • Confer with management and suppliers to resolve maintenance problems and recommend measures to improve operations and conditions of machines and equipment

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as necessary.


Required Education: High School Diploma or GED*

Required Experience: 2-3 years of equipment maintenance in manufacturing, including hydraulics, pneumatics, & electronics

Preferred: 1 year of Lead or prior supervisory experience, preferably in the food industry

*A high school diploma or GED is equivalent to two years of relevant experience


  • Solid verbal and written communication skills; must work effectively with all levels of management and employees

  • Must demonstrated effective leadership, problem solving, presentation, and employee motivational skills.

  • Proficient in Internet navigation, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Exceptional mechanical aptitude and facility maintenance skills.

  • Knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, and/or electrical/mechanical

  • Ability to maintain and handle multiple functions/ tasks relating to the day to day operations for Jack Links

  • Proactive style that ensures the completion of projects despite obstacle

  • Actively seeks to utilize a “Collaborative Team Approach” in all situations

  • Continually strives to influence a positive company culture and leads by example

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: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 EmployerJack 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.

E-VerifyJack 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.