Manager, Science Operations

South San Francisco, CA

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 people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do that. 

About Role

We are an ag-tech company looking for a Science Operations Manager who will partner with plant science researchers and engineering to ensure the successful execution of trials and analyses in our South San Francisco R&D farm and labs. You will use program and project management tools to define, measure, and enable the execution of research and related projects. You’ll also foster deep relationships with many teams across Plenty, including Farm Operations, Engineering, Data and Program Management, to define methods and share results.

Type of Role


What you’ll do

  • Collaborate with science teams to develop research roadmaps, organize new R&D questions, and create venues for sharing research results and understand why research lines and lab capacity are important to Plant Science, Farm Operations, Engineering, and the company as a whole.
  • Prioritize competing research lines and drive alignment among stakeholders when priorities are unclear.
  • Have an understanding of research space functionality and work with scientists to plan research accordingly. 
  • Direct projects related to upcoming research plans or improving operations. Define project scope, budget, and resources. Obtain executive approval and provide regular reports as to project progress. Lead the project team.
  • Estimate the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals and track resource hours expended on the project.
  • Plan and monitor research program and project budgets.
  • Own one or more operational programs, which may include reporting on metrics, creating dashboards, maintaining the plan of record, creating or updating training programs, or creating other central services to support R&D.
  • Understand where, how, when, and why all data from an experiment is produced and how data filters through Plenty’s data pipeline to preserve and communicate results.
  • Schedule spaces, people, and other resources required for successful scientific experiments. Prepare resource management plans.
  • Ensure the completion of daily checklists, safety, operations, and sanitation logs.
  • Develop and ensure process standardization for a variety of research activities. Draft and revise standard operating procedures and translate to other stakeholders. 
  • Assist trial events, systems setup, equipment operation, and sanitation events as requested when support is needed across the team.
  • Recruit, train, develop, mentor, and manage the performance of technician and coordinator team members. Schedule team members to shifts as required to meet the research plan.
  • Forecast labor needs to meet research plans in conjunction with Scientists. Request and obtain headcount approval.
  • Ensure the completion of trial events to the Scientists’ specifications and the established research program timeline.

What we’re looking for

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, plant science, business, operations management, project management, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 2+ years of prior experience as a research, program, or operations manager or equivalent role.
  • Past experience in a research- or agriculture-oriented industry, including knowledge of plant science and/or controlled environment agriculture preferred but not required.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds. 
  • Proficiency with project management and reporting tools, such as Confluence, Smartsheets, Sisense, etc.

Food Safety Requirement

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations.

About Plenty

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.