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Farm Operations Management Trainee

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Farm Operations Management Trainee
Seaboard Foods

SUMMARY: Farm operations management trainees will gain knowledge and training in the daily operations of a large-scale swine farm in all three phases of production: a sow farm, nursery farm, and finisher farm. Trainees will receive swine farm management, supervisory and leadership training necessary to prepare them for a supervisory or technical role within a swine farm or swine farm support department. The training period will be in Guymon, Okla. Upon completion of the training period, farm operations trainees will be able to apply for open positions in any of our operations areas and be promoted within Seaboard Foods. If you're someone who is interested in animal care, livestock management, business management or have experience with supervising employees and are looking for a fresh start, apply today!


RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following.  Other duties may be assigned at management’s discretion.


·         Tending and caring for pigs in all stages of production – sow farms, nurseries and grow/finish farms, as well as learning to manage farm and personnel within the Seaboard Foods system.

·         Learning and performing each task within the farm successfully, including but not limited to: monitoring feed and water supply, cleaning and disinfecting pens and alleys, treating animals as needed, processing piglets, monitoring barn environment and ventilation, record-keeping, and managing reporting, employee discipline, and scheduling.

·         Assisting the farm manager and assistant manager in daily duties and filling in for the managers when they are absent.

·         Ensuring that all daily and weekly production targets are met, as well as completing and submitting production analysis reports in a timely manner.


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


Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university or college, an associate degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school preferred; or two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Related fields of study: animal science, agribusiness, general business, management, operations management, food science, ag education, and other related degrees or experience.
Demonstrated experience or have the ability to facilitate, encourage, coach and lead a team to reach set goals.
Good critical thinking and judgement skills to reach the best possible solution to a problem.
Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people such as employees, managers, and senior management.
Flexible and able to work on assigned weekends (Saturday/Sunday) and be on call at all times of the day and week, when assigned, to resolve any issues that arise.


Orientation and connected food system overview, with exposure and understanding of core areas of the business, including support departments
Specific technical training in areas of interest and skills, depending upon needs
Supervisory, leadership, communication and problem-solving training
Business management and strategies
Trainees may be asked to work in various areas and locations in production, processing, or support areas, as needed throughout the training period

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 in 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. The employee must be able to work on assigned weekends (Saturday/Sunday) and be on call at all times of the day and week when assigned.



Traditional benefits include: competitive pay, affordable medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage, retirement savings plans for full-time and active employees, flexible spending accounts, life/AD&D insurance, family life insurance and employee assistance program.
Other benefits: career training and advancement, discounted pork products, employee referral bonuses, wellness programs, annual family events and discount programs.


At Seaboard Foods, we create the most sought-after pork. Together, more than 5,000 employees in five states work in our farms, feed mills, and processing plant, to produce Prairie Fresh® pork. A top U.S. pork producer/processor and leading exporter to 30+ countries, we are committed to the pursuit of pork perfection, seeking a better way to produce wholesome pork and connect every step between our farms and family tables. This ensures the well-being of our animals, the environment, our employees and the communities we call home.

Job Type
Full Time Entry Level
Guymon, Oklahoma United States
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