Assistant Farm Manager

Charles River Laboratories

Secor , Illinois

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are seeking an Assistant Farm Manager to support our poultry farm in Secor, IL.

The Assistant Farm Manager will participate in all farm activities and will manage the farm operations in the farm manager’s absence.


  • Responsible for management of farm operations, including oversight of several poultry houses and processing departments on each site, in the farm manager’s absence.
  • Assist farm manager by participating in poultry husbandry duties which include but are not limited to: breeder egg selection, incubating and hatching, beak trimming, pullet management, blood sampling and environmental sampling, nest imprinting, breeder/grow house management, depopulations. Occasionally fill in for poultry house operators.
    Respond to alarm calls quickly and effectively.
  • Provide direct daily supervision and review work of limited assigned departmental employees to ensure accuracy and adherence to pertinent departmental policies, practices and procedures [SOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols]. Schedule and prioritize workload of assigned group.
  • Identify training and development needs of direct reports. Assist in the development, implementa­tion and delivery of depart­mental training programs; ensure that direct reports receive departmental orien­tation and necessary on-the-job training. May maintain group training manual and training records.
    Monitor performance of direct reports. Assist in providing regular coaching and counseling.
  • Assist in preparation and delivery of salary and performance reviews of direct reports.
  • Schedule overtime as authorized. Review and recommend approval of time cards. Assist in the coordination of vacation/time off schedules.
  • Assist in ensuring optimum performance of group function. May recommend and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.
  • Ensure that departmental equipment is maintained in good working condition and that departmental area(s) are maintained in a clean and orderly condition.
    Serve as a model to departmental subordinates as it relates to effective time management, communication and utilization of resources. Provide leadership and motivation to departmental personnel.
  • Maintain biosecurity on the farm.
  • Maintain records according to SOPs.
  • Assist farm manager with the maintenance/housekeeping of all farm property. production/processing equipment.
  • Assist with maintaining farm supply inventory, including feed.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

The following are minimum requirements for the Assistant Farm Manager position:


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in poultry management or related discipline.
    1 to 2 years related experience in poultry management.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Must be able to understand equipment operation and maintenance; Must be available seven days a week and holidays; good written and verbal skills.