Job Description: Research and Development Manager

Reports to: Director Genetic Services, Topigs Norsvin Canada
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: June 2019

Topigs Norsvin has constructed Delta Canada, a new high-tech genetic nucleus facility in Manitoba, Canada that will drive genetic progress in global selection lines. High precision technologies such as CT scanning, camera technology and automatic feed intake recording equipment are used to select the best individual animals. We are looking for applicants who together with the global GN team have the ambition to set the standard in our world leading genetic program.

Position Summary
The Research and Development Manager is accountable for the genetic performance of Delta Canada, with health, genetic progress and product quality being the key drivers. Effective management will be achieved through leadership and strong communication between all departments as well as great collaboration and coordination with other members of the Topigs Norsvin Canada team and departments within Topigs Norsvin worldwide.

Duties and responsibilities
• Research and development activities
o Initiate improvements in the genetic and product development program.
o Project management of internal R&D and implementation projects.
o Link to local universities, initiate new projects in cooperation with central R&D.
o Identify and complete applications for government subsidy programs and SR&ED
o Maintain internal and external knowledge network.

• Production and quality control
o Direct and oversee quality of the data collection and selection program including
CT scanning technology, automatic feed intake recording equipment and other
high precision phenotype protocols.
o Collaborate with the Topigs Norsvin genetics group in both Canada and
internationally to optimize the genetic program and maximize genetic
o Ensure accurate documentation of production and performance results for use
in the genetic improvement program.
o Maximize the viewing experience for clients and other Delta Canada visitors.

• Administrative management
o Prepare genetic reports as required.
o Maintain data quality control.

• Post-secondary degree in Genetics, Agriculture or Business (M.Sc. or an Ph.D.).
• Strong team leadership and people management skills with a great ability to build and maintain relationships.
• Knowledge and passion for genetics and pig breeding programs. Experience within a genetics company or R&D position is preferred and nutrition knowledge would be beneficial.
• Good understanding of the agriculture business.
• Strong commitment to providing top-notch customer service.
• Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills with strong verbal and written
communication skills.
• Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced R&D environment.

Working conditions
• Travel within Canada and Internationally required, attending initial training in Europe
(period of 3 to 6 months).
• May require evening/weekend work and travel.
• Mental: strong ability to balance multiple priorities.

Salary and Benefits
• Salary: depending on experience plus annual bonus
• Benefits: company vehicle, a comprehensive benefits package including health and dental and registered pension plan (50% employer:50% employee)

If you want to be part of a progressive, world leader in swine genetics please email your resume to:

For further information please see;


Job Description: Full-time Genetic Nucleus Swine Technicians

3 Locations: South East Manitoba (near La Broquerie) and the Interlake (near
Teulon) and the Interlake (near Woodlands)
Date: December 2018

Position Summary

Topigs Norsvin Canada Inc. a world leader in swine genetics is looking for permanent, full time Swine Technicians to work within their genetic nucleus facilities

Duties and responsibilities
• Ensuring animal health and welfare
• Daily activities such as but not limited to; care and feeding, health checks and vaccinations, moving and washing, data collection e.g. weighing, semen collection and lab work, maintenance work and record keeping
• Working within the genetic production team to optimize production and maximize genetic improvement
• Ensure production of top notch quality of breeding stock for customers
• Follow and enforce all biosecurity, animal welfare and genetic protocols

• Degree or Diploma in Agriculture
• At least two years of commercial experience in a swine production role, nucleus or multiplication experience would be considered an asset
• Strong leadership skills with respect to working with team members and managing other staff
• Excellent problem-solving and analytical skill
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment

Salary: starting at $15.29 per hour, depending on experience
Benefits: a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and registered pension plan, plus production bonus program

If you want to be part of a progressive, world leader in swine genetics please forward your resume to: Topigs Norsvin Canada Inc. Attention of Mike Shaw

Fax: 1-204-489-3152 or email to


Topigs Norsvin Project Student Positions

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Glenlea Research Station, 15 km south of Winnipeg

The University of Manitoba is recruiting for two part-time students at the Glenlea Research Station. These positions are supported by Topigs Norsvin Canada.

Topigs Norsvin is renowned for its innovative approach to implementing new technologies and a continuous focus on cost-efficient pig production. The breeding programme of Topigs Norsvin is unique. The combination of high-throughput phenotyping, large-scale computer tomography of boars, global nucleus breeding, massive gathering of production data and genomic selection will accelerate genetic progress leading to innovative products and solutions that benefit the whole chain of pork production.

The incumbent is assigned to the Swine Facility and is responsible to the Agricultural Attendant 4-Swine Facility Supervisor for routine facility operation and duties associated with maintaining the health and well-being of all swine at the Glenlea Research Station and carrying out details specific for Topigs Norsvin. The duties include but are not limited to: animal handling, weighing, piglet processing, data collection and maintenance of accurate records for production and research, assistance with research projects, and routine feeding and cleaning.

The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge and compliance with animal care, animal biosecurity and workplace safety guidelines and may be required to take additional swine related training. The incumbent may be required to respond to or provide evening or after hours’ emergency response.

Duties to include, but are not limited to, assistance with the following tasks:
• Participate and carry out the daily animal care routine for the facility (e.g. feeding, weighing, cleaning, washing, and disinfecting) including all record keeping (electronic and/or hard copy).
• Participate and carry out the daily animal processing routine for the facility (e.g. vaccinating, castrating, probing, breeding, farrowing) including record keeping (electronic and/or hard copy).
• Check for daily water and feed supplies in waterer/feeders and maintain adequate feed inventories and records as required.
• Ensure all regulations and industry quality programs are adhered to during day-to-day operation of the facility.
• Assist with transportation and shipping and other duties as required.
• Ensure proper execution, recording and documentation of research support activities as they relate to the facility.
• Understand and assist with the research protocol requirements and standards while research projects are underway.

Education/Training Required:
• An agricultural degree or diploma from a recognized university of college preferred; or working towards an agricultural degree in an animal science discipline.
• Must have a valid class 5 Driver’s License and own transportation to Glenlea

• Experience with the swine industry and swine management preferred. Experience with livestock would be an asset.
• Demonstrated experience with personal computers, specialized databased (eg PigChamp/FARMS) and computerized record-keeping systems such as Excel is essential.
• Familiarity with WHMIS and The University of Manitoba animal care and transportation policies preferred.
• Adequate physical condition for lifting, carrying and handling heavy objects required
• Must have good record keeping skills and good animal husbandry practiced.
• Good oral and written communication skills and the ability to relate effectively with students, staff and the general public.
• Must be free of allergies to dander, dust, odours and ammonia.
• Must possess a philosophy compatible with animal-based research.

Part time: up to 7.5hrs/week, weekend/evening work may be required
Hired on a term-by-term basis, up to three years total

Number of Positions: 2
Posting Closing Date (4:30 p.m. CT): August 15, 2019

Applications to include a complete resume and can be forwarded to, or dropped off at 201 Animal Science Building.


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