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Production System Support Specialist – Swine Production

Posted on: November 10, 2020

Website Schwartz Farms Inc.

POSITION: Production System Support Specialist

ACCOUNTABILITY: Determined at time of hire
STATUS: Exempt

 

POSITION OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of the Production System Support Specialist is to obtain an overview of the Schwartz Farms, Inc. production system. The Production System Support Specialist shall train predominantly in one core area, while also gaining exposure to all other facets of animal production.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

 

Core department

The Production System Support Specialist shall train in one core department. The core department shall be identified at the time of hire, taking into account the incumbent’s personal preferences as well as the staffing needs of Schwartz Farms, Inc. The majority of incumbents shall be assigned one of the following core departments and functions:

·        Breeding department – Breeding Technician (refer to job description)

·        Farrowing department – Farrowing Technician (refer to job description)

·        Wean-finish department – Wean-Finish Technician (refer to job description)

 

System exposure

The Production System Support Specialist shall gain exposure to facets of livestock production which are outside the core department. Identified components, and duration of exposure, shall be determined by the following factors:

·        Incumbent’s demonstrated technical knowledge, skills and abilities in the core department

·        Incumbent’s demonstrated leadership knowledge, skills and abilities

·        Incumbent’s interest and experience in the core department

·        Incumbent’s interest and experience in peripheral departments, and

·        Staffing needs within the system.

 

While the incumbent will spend the majority of his/her time in the core department, Schwartz Farms, Inc. shall invest the necessary time, staff and resources to ensure the incumbent is awarded experience throughout the system.  The purpose of the system exposures are to gain understanding and appreciation of the importance and value each role plays within the Schwartz Farms’ system. System exposures may include time invested in the following functions (times are guidelines only):

 

·        Farrowing

o   Breeding Technician (not to exceed three days) – Witness, learn and perform daily production tasks involved in the breeding process, including artificial insemination, heat checks, seasonal vaccination, inventory management, feed monitoring, environment management, records management, etc.

o   Farrowing Technician (not to exceed three days)  – Witness, learn and perform daily production tasks involved in the farrowing process, including farrowing of sows, sow and piglet care, inventory management, feed monitoring, environment management, records management, etc.

o   Unit Manager (two days) – Shadow position to gain appreciation for what is required to oversee the daily operations of an individual sow unit, with focus on personnel, livestock care, production costs and production scheduling. Exposure may also include position demands concerning recordkeeping, equipment, maintenance, ventilation, employee safety and bio-security.

o   Supervisor of Farrowing Operations (two days) – Shadow position to gain appreciation for what is required to oversee the assurance that operational protocol, as established by management, is deployed at farrowing units, with emphasis on maintaining efficiency and quality.

o   Director of Production Systems (one day) – Shadow position to gain appreciation for what is required to oversee the operational management of all Schwartz Farms, Inc. farrowing facilities, as well as to ensure the seamless integration of production systems between farrowing and wean-finish operations. Will also include understanding of position’s demands in managing overall herd health, both within Schwartz Farms, Inc. and its contractor facilities, with emphasis on maintaining efficiency and quality.

·        Wean-Finish

o   Wean-Finish Technician (three days) – Witness, learn and perform daily production tasks involved in the wean-finish process, which includes working in multiple tasks in various company-operated wean-finish and/or finish sites to optimize animal care, health and efficiencies. Exposure may include focus on daily animal care, feed monitoring, environment (ventilation and equipment), maintenance, records and inventory management.

o   Wean-Finish Inventory and Site Specialist (one to two days)  – Witness, learn and perform duties associated with the assurance that nursery, wean-finish and finishing facilities meet SFI standards to receive and house pigs. Exposure shall specifically include assurance that incoming and outgoing pig shipments are handled per SFI standards, such as pig handling, and inventory and records management.

o   Wean-Finish Supervisor (one to two days) – Shadow position to gain appreciation for what is required to oversee the provision of direction and counsel to contract growers in the raising and caring of livestock. Experience shall include importance of cultivating a positive relationship with growers, ensuring strong communication, trust and work cohesiveness; optimizing production and production facilities per SFI protocols; maintaining proper record-keeping; sharing information timely among impacted parties; and ensuring smooth transition during marketing of loads.

o   Wean-Finish Territory Property Manager (one day) – Shadow position to gain appreciation for what is required to oversee the upkeep of company-owned and/or –operated wean-finish and finishing facilities, including emphasis on animal welfare, employee safety, and property upkeep and appearance.

o   Wean-Finish Company Site Supervisor (one day) – Shadow position to gain appreciation for what is required to manage company-owned and/or –operated wean-finish and finishing facilities, including staffing, site maintenance and repair and herd health and production optimization.

o   Manager of Nursery Production (one day) – Shadow position to gain appreciation for what is required to manage nursery/weaned phase of production, including efficiency, herd health, feed monitoring, scheduling, communication between impacted parties, research project suggestions and staffing.

o   Manager of Grow-Finish Production (one day) – Shadow position to gain appreciation for what is required to manage finishing phase of production, including efficiency, herd health, feed monitoring, scheduling, communication between impacted parties, research project suggestions and staffing.

 

·        Miscellaneous

o   Experiences may also be assigned in the areas of operations, human resources, repair and maintenance and warehouse management.

o   Other experiences may present themselves as opportunities arise, for example, training personnel on a new procedure, conducting PQA site assessments, conducting internal animal welfare assessments, project research and management, etc.

o   Advocate and engage in SFI’s animal welfare policy, including promoting animal well-being, remedying circumstances which impede animal care, and properly reporting instances of mistreatment or abuse

 

The preceding statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Additional duties may be assigned as they arise.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

·        Two or four year degree, emphasis in animal science, agri-business, or equivalent preferred.

·        Proficient use of Microsoft products such as Outlook, Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc, as well as internet; comfortable with computer functions

 

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

 

·        Excellent communication, production and interpersonal skills

·        Detail-oriented

·        Strong sense of professionalism; able to represent Schwartz Farms in a positive manner

 

The preceding qualifications are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience could provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT

Position may involve travel and non-standard business hours.                

 

To apply for this job email your details to hr@schwartzfarms.net