Experience Prior experience preferred
Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the United States, marketing approximately 3 million hogs per year. Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, the company operates throughout the Midwest with facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota. Christensen Farms owns four feed mills, manages 145,000 sows on 44 farms, and oversees more than 350 nurseries and grow-finish sites. The company employees nearly 1,000 people and maintains 1,500 contract partnerships.
The company is vertically integrated with a strong presence across the pork value chain – from farm to fork. Christensen Farms is the largest shareholder of Triumph Foods LLC, a producer-owned primary pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. In turn, Triumph Foods members own 50 percent of Daily’s Premium Meats, a specialty pork processor of bacon and other premium pork products. Triumph Foods also holds a 50 percent partnership in Seaboard Triumph Foods, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa, a primary pork processing plant.
Position Overview & Responsibilities:
This position will be responsible to work with production leadership to support farms by ensuring quality controls are in place to uphold CF and regulatory standards. The Animal Welfare Auditor will provide classroom training to animal caretakers, conduct on-farm assessments/audits, support development of corrective action items and ensure follow up and completion of identified non-compliances. Individuals in this role will be expected to develop strong working relationships with leaders and caretakers to implement solutions ensuring compliance.
Major Areas of Accountability:
- Conduct CF Welfare Program Training for Contract and Employee locations (fulfills PQA Plus requirement)
- Conduct, document and communicate outcome of site assessments/audits of CF welfare standards including but not limited to; animal handling/welfare, euthanasia equipment, food safety, caretaker safety and environment (fulfills PQA Plus requirement).
- Participate in 3rd party audits as a representative of the Animal Welfare team, differentiating site vs. systemic non-compliances.
- Support farms in the development and implementation of corrective actions identified in internal or external audits, and provide follow up to ensure completion.
- With production leadership, participate in monthly, internal animal welfare assessments.
- Support farms by providing specialized training as requested/needed regarding animal welfare practices.
- Identify and appropriately communicate areas of opportunity beyond the scope of the audit contributing to the continuous systemic improvement.
Management Scope and Level of Responsibility:
Contributors: Positions without supervisory responsibility
Supervision of Others:
- Direct: None
- Indirect: None
Director of Animal Care
Position requires occasional overnight travel to accomplish training and audit requirements for all live animal operations. Additional travel to achieve certification or continuing education may also be required. Estimated overnight travel 2 nights per month.
Education, Training, and Experience Requirements:
Professional, two or four-year degree required. TQA, PQA Plus Advisor and PAACO Swine Welfare certification is not needed upon hire but is required to perform job. Livestock and/or relevant industry experience preferred. Bi-lingual (Spanish) speaking preferred.
Individual must demonstrate strong communication and presentation skills to engage caretakers, ensuring comprehension and ultimately influencing behaviors. A successful individual will exercise sound judgement to appropriately identify and escalate issues to ensure compliance at all times. Individual must possess personal organization and time management skills with the ability to adapt and function effectively in a fast paced, changing environment.
Specialized or Motorized Equipment and/or Tools:
This position will require operating a company vehicle, or occasional mileage reimbursement. Any employment offer for this position is contingent upon the review of your motor vehicle record (MVR). The MVR will be reviewed to determine insurability based on CFF’s insurance carrier and company policy.
Vehicle Licensing Requirements: Class D and proof of insurance