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Senior Process Engineering Technician

Role: Full-time

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone. Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need. Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this. We are a collaborative and innovative bunch. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We're down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Most importantly, we're here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet.

About the role

Plenty is looking for a Senior Process Engineering Technician to join our Sustaining Engineering team. The Sustaining Engineering team helps to ensure that the processes, equipment and workflow at Plenty are operating optimally and efficiently. In this role, you will work closely with our internal Operations and Engineering teams to drive process improvements, standardize workflows, and improve overall factory efficiency. We are looking for someone who has a customer-first and analytical mindset, is proactive in seeking bottlenecks and factory pain points, and has experience in working in cross-functional environments.

What you'll do

  • Collaborate with the Production, Maintenance, Sanitation, Quality, and Grower teams to identify areas of improvement and generate solutions
  • Work to minimize factory downtime and apply Lean principles to reduce waste in operations
  • Support troubleshooting of processes and equipment, and assist with knowledge transfer to production 
  • Organize and conduct trials to ensure optimization of current and new processes
  • Create detailed manufacturing instructions to document new processes
  • Evaluate new processes and systems for manufacturability
  • Create and monitor production and quality metrics
  • Lead cross-functional forums for project management and change management
  • Audit and improve labor efficiency and operating costs
  • Mentor junior process engineering technicians
  • Design production workstations for efficiency and ergonomics
  • Ensure all workers are fully compliant with all relevant safety/food safety rules and standards

What you'll bring to the table

  • 2+ years of experience in a production setting
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Experience with HMIs or other production systems
  • You are attentive to detail in reviewing and editing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other technical documents
  • You have successfully lead and implemented 5S and Lean Manufacturing initiatives
  • Experience in validating new equipment, fixtures, and processes for their functionality and usability prior to implementation on the production floor
  • Experience in supporting NPI initiatives of the facility
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Experience with SPC (Statistical process control)
  • A willingness to travel domestically up to 20% 

Type of role

Full-Time; Onsite

What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive wage, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K 
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits from day one, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we offer 2 weeks of paid time off + 6 days of paid sick leave per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

Food & safety requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All employees must show proof of COVID vaccination before starting work, other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception
  • Comply with GMP/GAPS in the Facility
  • Conduct monitoring activities to assure finished product comply with food safety and quality specifications
  • Assist in the maintenance of Food Safety and Quality system
  • Assist in the maintenance of Food Safety and Quality system
  • Responsible for making sure the methods and responsibility for the maintenance and repair of equipment and buildings shall be documented, planned and carried out in a manner that minimizes the risk of product, packaging or equipment contamination