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Research Site 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: Critical to the success of all research trials, this position has immediate responsibility for the implementation of research protocols and the maintenance and management of Christensen Farm’s research nursery. Research and development is a critical area of the Christensen Farms organization in our continuous strive for excellence.

The research site manager will have the opportunity to manage Christensen Farm’s newly built nursery research site in SW Minnesota. The site capacity is 7,000 head with 4 rooms and state-of-the-art technology and research capabilities. The site has the ability to remotely mix and deliver feed of any quantity, from any bin, to any pen in the barn. The research facilities have capabilities to weigh pigs individually and by large groups/pens. All of these key features allow us to evaluate the effect of the environment, water treatments, and nutrition on Christensen Farms’ pigs.

The duties of this job require a high degree of skill in maintaining established standards of quality and accuracy. Motivation, determination and a self-disciplined approach to achieving results that meet these established criteria are a necessity for successful job performance. 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.

Major Areas of Accountability:

General Production

  • Accurate and timely ordering and monitoring of feed in accordance with research protocols
  • Ordering of supplies, medications, vaccinations and disease diagnosis
  • Cost control and keeping site expenses under control
  • Monitoring bio-security issues and maintaining bio-security control
  • Maintenance, site care, manure control and informing field operations of needed repairs
  • Completing weekly and monthly checklists
  • Barn preparation for new group of pigs
  • Loading and unloading pigs for transport
  • Power washing as required
  • Safe Data call in of production related information
  • Laundry and office care
  • Report information as requested (weekly, month end reports, etc.)
  • Timely euthanize pigs as needed and management of incineration system
  • Perform preventative maintenance of all equipment
  • Respond to barn alarms in a timely manner
  • Organize and give direction to labor as needed
  • Assist the research animal caretakers with animal care as needed
  • Work closely and communicate frequently with the research animal caretakers to ensure the site has exceptional pig care and high caliber research data
  • Keeping the research manager informed on a timely basis in regards to scheduling, issues, time frames, commitments, production and human resource issues
  • Working closely with current research site manager and provide additional support or labor to those sites as needed
  • Occasional work for other needs of the department, namely field trials, may be required
  • Willingness to take on new projects and support testing of new equipment or concepts
  • Upholding company image and promoting it inside and outside the organization
  • Supporting and promoting company policies, procedures, and values.


  • Implement research protocols as defined
  • Use and knowledge of research equipment
  • Counting pigs
  • Manage data sheet in an organized, detailed, and accurate manner
  • Weigh pigs on a regular basis as indicated in the research protocol
  • Input collected information into Excel and perform basic data summarization
  • Organize all trial information and ensure quality and accuracy of data collection
  • Oversee research processes that include, but are not limited to: Setting up trials, allotting pigs, and managing transportation loads
  • Report events that deviate from normal operation and may affect results to research staff


  • Provides accurate and timely correspondence as required by research manager


  • Directly supervise the research animal care workers to ensure exceptional pig care and high caliber research data

Minimum formal education required: Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

Minimum number of years of prior job experience required: Minimal, 1-3 years. Previous swine or livestock Production experience preferred. Prior management experience is also preferred.

Specialized Training requirements: Basic computer proficiency, especially in Microsoft Excel.

Other Technical Skills required: None

Specialized or Motorized Equipment and/or Tools:

This position may require operating a company vehicle, or receiving regular mileage reimbursement, any offer 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 CF’s insurance carrier and company policy.

Vehicle Licensing Requirement: Class D

How to apply:

Apply online by clicking HERE or call 1-800-889-8531 for more information.
Or click on the BLUE “Apply for this Job” button to email your resume. Please state Christensen Farms and the job title as the subject of your email application.

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