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Production Leadership Program

About this Job:

Production Leadership Program

We believe in developing employees and providing them with the tools, resources and training needed to grow and be successful. In fact, over 75 percent of our farm managers began as technicians and worked hard to develop their skills to advance their careers and take on bigger challenges.

It’s not uncommon to meet a manager of a 4,200 sow farm leading a 12-person crew who began her career as a part-time technician, or a finishing supervisor managing 7,500 pig spaces who began his career as an intern with Iowa Select Farms. This is part of the Iowa Select Farms’ culture—we help train and develop employees, establish a pathway for growth and celebrate their success.

Though each has their own unique work history, job skills and leadership experiences, employees who successfully advance within Iowa Select Farms share common traits:

  1. They are dependable and reliable
  2. They are hard-working
  3. They focus on achieving goals
  4. They are accountable for their performance
  5. They are good communicators
  6. They care about their farm, their fellow employees and the company

Simply put, the Production Leadership Program is designed to help employees advance from their current position to a higher position. For instance, a day one lead may join the program and become a farrowing manager, or similarly, a farrowing manager may join the program to become a farm manager.

Potential Pathways for Growth in Sow Production:

– Intern > Day One/Breed Lead > Dept. Head > Farm Manager

– Technician > Day One/Breed Lead > Dept. Head > Farm Manager

On the finishing side, the Production Leadership Program has the “Junior Finishing Supervisor” pathway to allow a nursery or finishing farm manager to take on a small finishing region while training to become a full-fledged finishing supervisor.

Potential Pathways for Growth in Nursery and Finishing Production:

– Intern > Jr. Supervisor > Supervisor

– Nursery or Finishing Site Manager > Jr. Supervisor > Supervisor

Prospective employees with swine experience and technical knowledge may also apply for the Production Leadership Program and progress through a similar path.


Here’s how the Production Leadership Program works:

Members of the human resources and production management teams will begin by working with you and your supervisor to 1) identify what skills are needed in order to move you into the next position 2) establish a training plan and 3) assign a trainer(s).

We understand that every employee will progress and learn at his or her own pace, which is why there is no set timeline for training; however, there will be a set training plan for you that includes specific production competencies you must master, along with completion of shorter training courses exposing you to other areas of the company.

It may take three months of training or up to two years to complete the program depending on what role you are trying to learn. Success will not be measured in days or weeks, but in your accountability to become proficient in specific skills, be accountable for your results and gain the respect of your trainer and team members.

Compensation and Benefits

Recently ranked a Top Iowa Workplace, all Iowa Select Farms employees are compensated competitively in addition to receiving a tremendous benefits package that includes health, vision, dental, 401(k), vacation, sick pay, flex spending…and much more!

Physical Requirements

Physical requirements include the ability to lift up to 40 pounds and to climb over gates up to 48 inches in height as well as pushing, pulling, bending and kneeling. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and stand, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, controls, or animals. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk or hear.

How to apply:

Click on the BLUE “Apply for this Job” button to email your resume. Please state Iowa Select Farms and the job title as the subject of your email application.

Or visit www.iowaselect.com/employment to apply.

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