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Nursery Production Manager

About this Job:

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 Nursery Production Manager is responsible for the oversight and performance of wean to finish swine production barns within a designated region. Ability to manage timelines and identify opportunities as well as solutions as they arise is critical to be successful in this role. The Production Manager will be expected to represent Christensen Farms at a highly professional level when interacting with all employees, independent contractors and producers. While geographically focused the successful candidate will be part of a team which is focused on system-wide improvement objectives.

Major Areas of Accountability:

  • Responsible for the oversight of swine production sites within a region under the direction of a Service Manager.
  • Identify, diagnose and respond to health, environmental and nutritional requirements of pigs in the designated geographical area.
  • Ensure Standard Operating Procedures are upheld at all times.
  • Prepare service reports for each visit that provides an accurate assessment of the site and agreed upon solutions; delivering value to both CF and the producer/contractor.
  • Work in partnership with producers, contractors and staff to ensure animal wellbeing standards are upheld.
  • Ensure vaccine and medications are administered according to established protocols
  • Manage medication, vaccine and supply inventories according to schedules.
  • When appropriate assist a producer or contractor in the identification and treatment of pigs in need
  • Prepare and manage a weekly schedule that provides objectives for each farm visit or scheduled meeting
  • Interact with others in a way that expedites resolution to conflict, promotes positive outcome and builds credibility and rapport.
  • Closely communicates and reports on results with the Service Manager.
  • Understand basic principles of contractual arrangements with contractors and producers.
  • In coordination with the Service Manager, actively participates in the group close out review and discussion with a producer or contractor.
  • Work with producers, contractors, employees and local communities in a professional manner to uphold CF standards and enhance CF’s reputation.

Management Scope and Level of Responsibility:

Contributor. Position without supervisory responsibilities.

Supervision of Others:

  • Direct: None
  • Indirect: None

Reports to:

NGF Service Manager

Requirement:

Education, Training, and Experience Requirements:

Minimum formal education required: Some College within an agriculture-based major is preferred.

Minimum number of years of prior job experience required: Minimum 1-3 years previous livestock experience.

Other Technical Skills required: Requires an individual that has outstanding detail and organizational ability. Basic computer skills/knowledge required. Ability to manage time and priorities in a fast paced changing environment. Display a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build effective working relationships with a variety of personalities. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Ability to exercise independent thinking and judgment.

Physical Requirements:

Frequent, 34-66% Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

Frequent, 34-66% Bending or stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.

Frequent, 34-66% Kneeling or squatting.

Occasional, 6-33% Overhead reaching.

Unlimited, 67-100% Standing, particularly for sustained periods of time.

Occasional, 6-33% Sitting, particularly for sustained periods of time.

Unlimited, 67-100% Walking.

Frequent, 34-66% Pushing and pulling.

Unlimited, 67-100% Lifting: Medium. Lifting up to 50 pounds occasionally with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Frequent, 34-66% Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.

Unlimited, 67-100% Motions of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers (i.e. typing, grasping, or gripping).

The worker is required to have the visual ability to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned (i.e., custodial, food services, general laborers, etc.) or to make general observations of facilities of structures (i.e., security guard inspection, etc.).

Specialized or Motorized Equipment and/or Tools:

This position will require occasionally operating a company vehicle or mileage reimbursement. Any

employment offer extended for this position will be 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.

Vehicle Licensing Requirement: Class D

Other: Powerwasher

Environmental Working Conditions:

Subjected to environmental conditions. Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.

Subjected to outside environmental conditions. No effective protection from the weather.

Subjected to extreme cold. Temperatures typically below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for periods of more than one hour.

Subjected to extreme heat. Temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for periods of no more than one hour.

Subject to noise. There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level.

Subjected to vibration. Exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body.

Subjected to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

One or more of the following conditions that affects the respiratory system of the skin: fumes, odors, dust, mists, or gases.

Subjected to common allergens including: penicillin, latex, and/or dust.

None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work.)

Salary:
How to apply:

Apply online by clicking HERE or call 1-800-889-8531 for more information.
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