Senior Manufacturing Engineer
At Plenty, we’re on a mission to give people in local communities everywhere access to the freshest, most amazing tasting produce possible. And to do so in a way that’s better for the planet.
The engineering team at Plenty is on a mission to completely redesign the way humanity grows food in order to satisfy the nutritional needs of the world by making the highest quality produce available to everyone. Doing so requires us to reimagine farms by drawing upon technologies and methodologies from high volume manufacturing. To that end, we are seeking a Staff Manufacturing Engineer to design and implement automation equipment and production processes in our farms. In this role you will work as part of a highly motivated, experienced and creative team to build new kinds of farms which get the world the produce it needs now and into the future.
Type of Role
What You'll Do
Develop new production equipment and processes for our farms
Design the layout of production workstations and assembly lines
Author automation equipment specifications and manage external equipment vendors and integrators to deliver made to order and custom equipment as needed for the line
Write equipment specifications for in-house automation development teams and collaborate with those teams to deliver custom automation equipment for the line
Develop acceptance testing documentation for internally and externally built equipment
Design, procure and deploy manufacturing automation equipment with the support of in-house automation equipment designers and outside equipment integrators and suppliers
Work with controls engineers and software teams to integrate equipment to our customized data systems
Perform labor and throughput calculations for commissioning and steady state operations
Characterize and validate new equipment and fixtures
Define critical process control parameters and material traceability requirements
Hand off validated equipment to the operations team
Make sure Equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable.
What We're Looking For
BS / MS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
5+ years industry experience, doing manufacturing engineering, advanced manufacturing engineering, manufacturing system engineering, technical program management or similar
Direct experience leading automation equipment and production process projects through full design lifecycle and implementation
Track record of outstanding collaboration with operations teams
Experience with statistical process control and many examples of data driven process problem solving
Experience defining manufacturing execution system requirements for new production processes
Communication and interpersonal skills, including relationship building and collaboration within a diverse, cross-functional team to evangelize complex technical concepts.
Show understanding of how your individual work fits into the broader company priorities and experience helping drive the broader strategy and roadmap forward.
Plenty is here to change the way people eat, making extraordinary flavor and nutrition more available in a way that's better for people and the planet. We build farms that can put craveable flavor first while delivering exceptional yields. And our produce is always pesticide-free and grown using less than 1% of the land and 5% of the water of outdoor farming.