Research Site Manager - St. James, MN

Christensen Farms Saint James , MN 56081

Posted 3 months ago

Position Overview & Responsibilities:

Critical to the success of all research trials, this position has immediate responsibility for the implementation of research protocols and the daily care, maintenance and management of a wean-to-finish farm. 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 one of Christensen Farms' two research facilities, both located in Southcentral Minnesota. One of these research facilities is a double-white tunnel-ventilated barn with 96 test pens and two separate air spaces, while the other is a triple-long curtain-sided barn with 112 test pens. Four separate lines deliver water to each pen in each facility. Each site has the ability to remotely mix and deliver feed of any quantity, from any bin, to any pen in the barns through either a 12-bin or 16-bin system. The newest research facility is the first in the U.S. to utilize the new, state of the art, AP EDGE controller. 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 feed on Christensen Farms' pigs.

The duties of this job require a high degree of skill in maintaining established standards of quality and accuracy. Drive, 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

Responsible for the care, maintenance and management of sites to include the following but not limited to:

  • Ordering and monitoring accurate timely feed transportation in accordance with research protocols

  • Ordering and administration of 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

  • Keeping the Production Service Managers informed on a timely basis in regards to scheduling, issues, time frames, commitments, production and human resource issues

  • Inventory control feed, water, etc.

  • Upholding company image and promoting it inside and outside the organization

  • Supporting and promoting company policies, procedures, and values.

  • Barn preparation for new group of pigs

  • Loading and unloading pigs for transport

  • Counting pigs

  • Power washing as required

  • Safe Data call in of production related information

  • Dead removal

  • Laundry and office care

  • Monitor and adjust ventilation as needed

  • Report information as requested (weekly, month end reports, etc.)

  • Timely euthanize pigs as needed

  • Perform preventative maintenance of all equipment

  • Organize and give direction to labor as needed


  • Implement research protocols as defined

  • Maintain research equipment

  • Collect data 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

  • Report events that deviate from normal operation and may affect results to research staff


  • Provides accurate and timely correspondence as required by Production Service Manager
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Research Site Manager - St. James, MN

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