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Sow Farm Manager

Job Description

The Sow Farm Manager supports the Mission of Smithfield Hog Production by meeting or exceeding budgeted volumes of marketable animals into the Smithfield system.

Responsibilities also require direct management of company systems, including cost reporting and budgeting, training/developing employees, animal welfare, and implementing and monitoring corporate program standards on employee safety, environmental management, and biosecurity.



Manages all activities/processes related to farm management and operations. Schedules/performs according to all standard procedures and policies set out by company technical manuals.

Manages financial performance by controlling costs, budgeting, business and financial planning, and tracking financial activity via P&L review.

Plans, sets and monitors goals, then communicates results to Production Specialist.

Develops subordinates by leading, planning (short and long term), managing, coaching, mentoring and providing a positive professional image at all times.

Establishes and maintains open communication with all farm staff, management, other departments, external customers and suppliers, refers all external communication to appropriate SHP spokesperson to identify potential problems and initiate improvements.

Manages and administers all Human Resources/employee relations functions relating to farm management such as compensation, records, vacation, performance reviews, etc.

Ensures the operation is functioning in an environmentally responsible way and practicing approved land and nutrient management techniques. Functions as a company steward of land resources.

Ensures that the farm working environment is safe, by providing equipment, training, and actions to prevent hazardous conditions by meeting Smithfield-IPS standards.

Ensures all equipment, machinery and vehicles are accounted for and properly maintained.

Incumbent will be responsible for understanding and complying with company Environmental, Safety and Biosecurity policies and procedures in the performance of their job duties.

Responsible for ensuring that all animals are managed in accordance with Smithfield Animal Care Policy, and employees are trained and accountable to that standard.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


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

4-year degree in Agricultural field or equivalent in practical work experience

Successful completion of Smithfield Hog Production Manager in Training Program, or demonstrated equivalent experience in another large live production system

Must be able to work an average 45 hour week with an average 9 hour workday, which can vary frequently.

Weekend, evening, and holiday work required as needed.

Must be on call to work in emergency situations to include but not limited to, power outages or personnel shortages.

Must be supportive of the mission of raising swine for human consumption of high-quality pork products.

Must be able to tolerate and willing to learn and perform the following tasks: euthanasia, castration, vaccinations, piglet processing, ear tagging for identification, taking blood samples and other procedures normal to animal husbandry.

Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.

Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

The work environment characteristics & physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Must be able to work with and around a wide range of antibiotics (i.e. penicillin).

Must be able to tolerate blood, animal dander, manure, dust, odors, and frequently noisy conditions.



Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation for labor and supervisory personnel at the farm site

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

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