Department Manager
Seaboard Foods - Liberal, KS

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SUMMARY: Attends to swine and assists in supervising people, as assigned, in either the Breeding or Farrowing Department of a 12500 Sow farm under the direction of the Sow Farm Manager by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate employees.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Following Proper Department Procedures by:
  • Adhering to procedures outlined in Seaboard training manual and procedures outlined by supervisors.
  • Strive to reach weekly goals for numbers bred.
  • Strive to maximize the percentage of multiple mating of sows and gilts.
  • Strive to reduce non-productive sow days.
  • Moving sows, gilts and boars to appropriate areas at proper times.
  • Completing all records accurately and timely.
  • Adhere to all safety procedures and utilize equipment provided for employee protection.

    Maintaining High Herd Health and Bio-Security through:

  • Feeding proper amounts and maximizing lactation feed intake to gilts and sows.
  • Monitoring feed quality and informing supervisors of any changes observed.
  • Ensuring fresh water is available in proper quantities at all times.
  • Providing and monitoring proper animal comfort with ventilation and heating management.
  • Timely medication and care of sick or injured swine.
  • Following approved vaccination programs.
  • Maintaining clean disinfectant foot baths in designated areas.
  • Showering thoroughly before entering production units.
  • Proper disposal of dead animals daily.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting buildings according to schedule.
  • Follow proper load-in, load-out procedures.
  • Following bio-security downtime chart.

    Maintain Proper Department and Farm Appearance by:

  • Scraping manure and sweeping aisles as needed.
  • Washing buildings and equipment as scheduled.
  • Keeping all trash items picked up and disposed of.
  • Assisting in cleaning and maintaining office and all farm areas.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervises employees in the department under the direction of the Farm Manager. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees, planning, assigning, directing work and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the work environment, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required or preferred. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Associate’s Degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school preferred; or minimum one year swine production experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be a Utility or achieve a Utility within 90 days.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents in the English language such as safety files, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Bilingual skills preferred.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply mathematical concepts to practical situations. Ability to perform necessary calculations for completion of breeding department paperwork.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Must be able to make decisions on routine matters utilizing company policies and procedures and directions from upper management.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds and sometimes push and/or move up to 300 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to waste material, feed and hog dust.

The noise level is the work environment is usually moderate but sometimes very loud.

NORMAL WORK SCHEDULE: The hours and days of work are established by departmental needs and at the discretion of management.

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