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: The Field Research Technician has immediate responsibility for the implementation of field research protocols and management of Christensen Farms’ research equipment. Research and development is a critical area of the Christensen Farms organization in our continuous strove for excellence.
This position will be focused on health research. However, other topic areas may include nursery grow finish production, sow production, management and marketing. Drive, determination and a self-disciplined approach to achieving results that meet these established criteria are a necessity for successful job performance. The field research technician is expected to represent Christensen Farms at a highly professional level when interacting with all employees and site visitors.
At times, the work will require technical problem solving while working within approved organizational systems and technology. New ideas and concepts are important but will be carefully analyzed and tested before communication and adoption
Key areas of Responsibility:
Process Oriented Requires the ability to recognize process improvement opportunities collaborate to define and implement process enhancements to achieve consistent, standardized results
Follow Through Must possess the drive and ability to see work through to the point of completion without prompting
Analytical ability Requires the ability to gather and summarize data/ information for reports, present findings and suggest mode of action.
Problem Solving Must be able to gather and analyze information skillfully and identify and resolve problems/ improve process in a timely manner
Planning/Organizing Must be able to manage and prioritize multiple competing tasks and demands, and plan work activities to ensure most efficient use of time.
Oral Communication Must speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations and demonstrate group presentation skills. Must be able to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization to yield desired outcome.
Written Communication- Must deliver quality work free of spelling and grammatical errors, present numerical data effectively and read and interpret written information.
Quality Control Must demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness and monitor own work to ensure quality
Flexibility- Must excel in a fast paced, dynamic environment, perform well under pressure and respond to change without significant stress.
Confidentiality- Requires demonstrated tact and diplomacy in handling confidential and sensitive information.
Self Awareness- Recognize boundaries of decision making as well as recognizing perspective and knowledge base
Appearance Must Maintain a profession, well groomed appearance
Supervision of Others:
Education, Training, and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required
Previous swine or livestock production experience preferred.
Prior research knowledge preferred
Specialized Training requirements: Basic computer proficiency, especially in Microsoft Excel and Word. PowerPoint preferred.
Basic understanding of statistical methods and models
Specialized or Motorized Equipment and/or Tools:
This position will require occasionally operating a company vehicle. Any employment offer extended for this position will be is contingent upon the review of the candidate’s motor vehicle record (MVR). The MVR will be reviewed to determine insurability based on CFF’s insurance carrier and company policy.
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