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Staff Software Engineer (Farm Integration)

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 Staff Software Engineer to join our Technology team in designing and building powerful systems for cooperative human-robot precision farming.  Plenty grows nutritious and delicious plants sustainably at scale.  To do this, we must create an operating system for high-precision, high-automation farming.   You will be responsible for building advanced Farm Operating System (FarmOS) execution systems for Plenty's production and Research & Development (R&D) lines. You will be joining a collaborative team of engineers with a strong software development background. We are process-light and rely on strong architecture and automation to maximize the impact of our small team.

As a Staff Software Engineer you will undertake hands-on design and development. You will be responsible for requirements analysis, design, implementation, and testing as part of a cross-functional team serving all roles connected to all aspects of farm operation. You will work with Plant Scientists, Growers, Controls Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Operators as part of the design process, making sure that we build the right thing in the right way for maximum impact.

What you'll do

  • Develop a deep understanding of our Farm Operations and all supporting systems, services, and data flows
  • Take farm orchestration and automation features from concept to finished product in production and daily use
  • Design and build scalable, highly-available service-oriented architectures
  • Collaborate with other members of the Engineering team through all phases of our agile software development lifecycle to deliver a holistic solution
  • Lead and participate in software design review sessions with team members and customers
  • Develop robust test harnesses for everything you build
  • Identify and improve inefficiencies in collaboration workflows, development and product processes to help the team mature while mentoring fellow Software Engineers
  • Design and implement RESTful microservices based on user research
  • Other duties as assigned

What you'll bring to the table

  • Education or experience equivalent to B.S. (or higher) in Computer Science or other Engineering discipline and 7+ years of progressive experience in Software Engineering
  • You approach your work with curiosity, creativity, initiative, and diligence
  • An exceptional communicator -- you thrive at translating product and business goals into robust technical solutions, and can explain those solutions to teammates in differing domains
  • Experience establishing patterns, conventions, and standards and driving adoption across a team
  • Ability to identify areas of improvement and ways to standardize and clean up a stack -- you’re super organized and have a meticulous attention to detail
  • You know the ins and outs of developing server applications using Python and Java 
  • Experience managing configuration in standard cloud providers such as AWS
  • Experience with Git, CI/CD workflows and tools, and a diverse set of databases such as PostgreSQL and Snowflake

Type of role

Full-Time; Remote (Must reside in CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MI, NM, NY, PA, TX, VA, WA, WY to be considered as these are the states we can employ people)

What we can offer 

  • Compensation: we’ll pay you a competitive salary on a biweekly basis, 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, along with support for your mental health through Spring Health and financial wellness through LearnLux. Plus pet insurance for your furry family members!
  • Food: in-office 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 lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment: we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your home internet and phone bills 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 vacation days you can take off per year + offer 6 days of paid sick leave per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave: 12 weeks off for eligible new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

If you reside in California, Colorado, New York, or Washington please send an email to [email protected] to receive compensation information for this role.