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Industrial Engineer

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 an Industrial Engineer to join our Continuous Improvement and Quality team.  In this role, you will be responsible for reviewing and improving production processes, inventory control, material flow, ergonomics and food safety and sanitation programs . This role requires a solid understanding of Industrial Engineering fundamentals. You will  solve problems using first principles analysis and exercise aggressive design optimization.  These combined goals will give Plenty’s produce global reach at an accessible price, leading to increased produce consumption and raising the quality of living around the world. You will be part of a passionate and dynamic team that is developing new technology from the ground up.

What you'll do

  • Apply engineering techniques to design, develop, test and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes including operation of automated equipment,  human work factors, quality control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis and production coordination
  • Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to improve and model manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards 
  • Coordinate quality control objectives and activities to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability and minimize cost
  • Draft and design layout of equipment, materials and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency, using Computer Aided Design (CAD), ensuring design meets organizational and production goals
  • Facilitate Continuous Improvement interventions (KAIZEN events), activities and employee involvement throughout the organization
  • Perform time analysis on processes and develop strategies to minimize product changeover times and cycle time
  • Collaborate with Manufacturing, Sustaining, Process, and Construction teams to design and improve lineside layouts and processes
  • Serve as a continuous improvement agent, providing leadership, coaching, and training in Lean thinking, Lean production, and Six Sigma

What you'll bring to the table

  • 2+ years of industrial, manufacturing, or mechanical engineering experience with emphasis on material flow/supply chain/process improvement (internship experience will be considered)
  • Education or experience equivalent to a B.S. (or higher) in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or related field
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to drive projects with diverse teams in a high-volume manufacturing environment
  • Experience quantitatively solving ambiguous problems at a systems level
  • Experience in the design and/or implementation of manufacturing/material handling equipment 
  • Experience with data visualization/analysis software such as Tableau, SQL
  • Some experience with discrete event simulation software (ARENA, FlexSim, etc)
  • Some experience with manufacturing operations simulation software (Delmia, Technomatix…etc.)

Type of role

Full-Time; Hybrid

What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, 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, 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 don’t cap the amount of days you can take off 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
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Make sure Equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable
  • 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