Launched in 2020, Village Gourmet brings together specialty producers of fine meat and snacking options to help America eat better. With a dedication to quality, Village Gourmet supports its specialty food brands with the resources they need to grow operations and bring their products to consumers across the country.

Comprised of four SQF-certified facilities across the USA and a national marketing and sales network, companies within Village Gourmet share the same commitment to using time-honored recipes and high-quality ingredients, from fresh sausage, classic charcuterie, accompaniments, snacks, and more. 

Longhini Sausage is Seeking a Production Manager, 1st Shift!



Village Gourmet brings together and invests in specialty producers of fine meat and snacking options to help America eat better. With a dedication to quality, Village Gourmet supports its specialty food brands with the resources they need to grow operations and bring their products to consumers across the country. The 5 entities (3 Little Pigs, Longhini Sausage, Fabrique Delices, Uncle Charley’s Sausage and Esposito’s Sausage) within Village Gourmet share the same commitment to using time-honored recipes and high-quality ingredients, from fresh sausage, classic charcuterie, accompaniments, snacks, and more.

Longhini Sausage has been handcrafting Italian sausage and other Italian specialties in New Haven, Connecticut since 1950. Longhini takes pride in sourcing all-natural ingredients and maintaining the highest quality standards set forth by its founder almost 70 years ago.  


The Production Manager provides overall leadership for the production department in the areas of productivity, safety, quality, cost, equipment, and engagement. The Production Manager will spend approximately 80% of his/her time on the production floor and monitoring and evaluating the production processes and recommending methods to optimize product yields, equipment operation, and process control while reducing waste and overtime. Engages all employees in continuous improvement and fosters a positive work environment while developing a culture of ownership and accountability. This position is responsible for a staff of 25-30.


$90,000 - 100,000 per year, depending on experience and qualifications.


  • Manages and directs activities of assigned shift, ensuring product adheres to the company’s standard of safety, quality, and throughput.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with team members through open communication, visibility, and involvement to promote a positive working environment that maximizes safety, employee engagement, productivity, and throughput.
  • Analyzes the production schedule prior to shift start and adjusts team member assignments to meet production targets.
  • Manages department KPIs. Identify deviation root causes and establish/implement corrective actions.
  • Works with QC to ensure all food safety procedures and documents are completed, reviewed, and approved by the appropriate personnel.
  • Partners with QC and production to investigate customer complaints and responds in timely manner while completing all necessary documentation.
  • Responsible for team member coaching and development, employment decisions, and resolving issues through conflict resolution.
  • Hires, trains, coaches, and reviews performance of team members. Partners with Human Resources and Director of Production for recruitment, corrective actions, and terminations.
  • Implementation of progressive discipline and coaching as needed.
  • Collaborates with the Maintenance Department to resolve downtime occurrences and preventative maintenance on all production lines.
  • Completes shift reports for production numbers, downtime, attendance, coaching, and overtime.
  • Conducts walkthroughs throughout the shift to ensure safety and throughput compliance by team members.
  • Collaborates with plant leadership and shift team members to champion a world-class safety culture.
  • Conducts weekly and daily production meetings.
  • Adheres to the highest standards of company and plant safety programs, guidelines, rules, and regulations.
  • Abides by the company’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Safe Quality Food (SQF), and Food Safety Standards always. Develops, recommends, and implements measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of the product.
  • Suggests changes and follows through on working conditions and use of equipment to increase the efficiency of shift team members.
  • Monitors and reviews assigned team members’ time and attendance for accuracy.
  • Modifies goals based on changing business needs.
  • Provide feedback to the Director of Production on Continuous Improvement Opportunities and Identified Non-Conformances.
  • Oversee logistics & warehouse operations in conjunction with direct manager of those areas

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering or a related field OR equivalent work experience
  • 5+ years protein or similar manufacturing environment experience
  • 2+ years management experience
  • HACCP, SQF Certifications preferred
  • Bilingual – English/Spanish


  • Knowledge of GMP regulations
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Values the ideas and opinions of others and routinely collects their input as part of the decision-making process
  • Training, conflict resolution, and people management experience
  • Basic math skills
  • Microsoft Office and PC skills


This role is a regular employee, full-time salary position that is normally scheduled: 
1st Shift - Monday through Friday, 6:00 am – 3:30 pm

Overtime work may be required based on the needs of the business. 


  • Eligible for quarterly bonus
  • Paid sick/personal days
  • 401K with employer match
  • Paid vacation
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Company paid life insurance and long-term disability
  • Paid company holidays

On the floor environment:  Majority of work is on the floor with exposure to moderate levels of noise in a well-lit, well-ventilated, and moderately paced environment. Approximately 15% of the shift will be working on metrics, emails, reports etc. Some exposure to outdoor conditions when required but limited. 

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