Construction Services Manager

Christensen Farms
Sleepy Eye, MN
United States
Job Description

Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the United States, marketing approximately 3 million hogs per year. Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, the company operates throughout the Midwest with facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota. Christensen Farms owns four feed mills, manages 145,000 sows on 44 farms, and oversees more than 350 nurseries and grow-finish sites. The company employees nearly 1,000 people and maintains 1,500 contract partnerships.

The company is vertically integrated with a strong presence across the pork value chain - from farm to fork. Christensen Farms is the largest shareholder of Triumph Foods LLC, a producer-owned primary pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. In turn, Triumph Foods members own 50 percent of Daily's Premium Meats, a specialty pork processor of bacon and other premium pork products. Triumph Foods also holds a 50 percent partnership in Seaboard Triumph Foods, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa, a primary pork processing plant.

Position Overview & Responsibilities: Lead the Construction Site Supervisor team providing direction as needed for flawless execution of capital projects using established procedures and tools. Expert use of project scheduling software (MS Project), scope management and control, capital estimates and cost commitment tracker. Manage assigned projects to maximize staff productivity and career growth. Reinforce use of project teams for thorough feedback and input from functional partners and ensure the best possible project outcome. Manage team performance to deliver a consistent, high quality project deliverable with thorough communication throughout project life cycle.

Major Areas of Accountability:

  • Manage Construction Services team, assigning work, tracking progress including adherence to approved scope and published schedule.

  • Ensure consistency in utilization of project tools and processes across the team. Provide training and coaching as needed for consistent approach and project execution.

  • Partner with technical service providers for design/engineering execution for large capital projects.

  • Establish project teams for input/participation from impacted functional groups. Ensure thorough communications via monthly reports, project team meetings and impromptu discussions.

  • Manage team project workload for equitable distribution of work, growth opportunities and leveraging individuals' strengths.

  • Leverage team knowledge, experience and expertise to establish CF equipment and design standards.

  • Lead the site assessment process making best use of labor efficiency, availability, experience and seasonality of the work. Provide training as needed for consistency of the assessment process, report generation and tracking. Establish database for reference and archiving.

  • Partner with M&R manager for major repairs planning and budgeting.


  • High level of communication with Engineering service providers, Asset Department leadership and sub-contractors

  • Must be willing to work a minimum of a 5 day and 40-hour work week with possibility of additional hours/days as work responsibilities dictate

  • Understanding of production operations and biosecurity protocols

  • Cleaning of company vehicle equipment to meet biosecurity requirements and to represent Christensen Farms in a highly professional manner

  • Support and contribute (through employee's own labor or through leadership and direction of contractors) to assigned work completion

  • Assist, support, and collaborate with other CF departments as company needs dictate

  • Computer proficient with MS Outlook, MS Project, Word, and Excel

  • Observe, always promote and enforce Christensen Farms safety policies

  • Correct and report any observed safety hazards

  • Complete specified paperwork on time, including work orders, time sheets, purchase orders, inventory logs, mileage reports, etc.

  • Maintain professional relationships with stakeholders and subcontractors

Management Scope and Level of Responsibility:


  • Leads and participates in implementing departmental strategies

  • Suggests alternative strategies to achieve goals

  • Partner with technical resources and Maintenance and Reliability Teams

Supervision of Others:

Direct: Construction Site Supervisors

Indirect: None

Reports to:

Operations Project Manager

Education, Training, and Experience Requirements:

  • Two or four year degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Civil Engineering preferred

  • 4+ years industry experience with emphasis in supporting capital projects, managing large or complex capital projects preferably in an automated environment.

  • Experience with PLC's, VFD's, MCC's

  • Capital Project Management experience from conception to finalized design, commissioning plan development and execution and final project close-out with budgets >$3 M

  • Demonstrated success managing employees in a team environment. Successful in developing EE's via coaching, constructive feedback and hands on training.

  • Experience with MS Project, Contracting, Bid Development Packages, troubleshooting, commissioning and start-up.

  • Knowledge of building, electrical and safety codes

Christensen Farms is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to select the most qualified person for each position in the organization. No employee of CF will discriminate against any applicant for employment or a fellow employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, citizenship status, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, veteran status or any other prohibited basis under applicable local, state, or federal law.