Hardware Engineering

Senior/Staff Mechanical Design Engineer

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. We are an ag-tech company looking for an experienced design engineer who is excited about revolutionizing the world's food systems. Is this you? Then you’ve come to the right place.

About Role

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 as highly integrated and aggressively optimized engineered systems and to draw upon experience and strategies from high volume product design (cars, consumer devices, etc). To that end, we are seeking a Senior/Staff Mechanical Design Engineer. In this role, you will apply your skills, experience, and creativity to accelerate humanity’s progression toward a perpetual food system scaled to meet the needs of our growing and changing world.

What You'll Do

  • Own full product cycle, from initial concept through to successful product launch
  • Interact with complex sub-systems and cross-functional teams with exposure to structure, devices and lighting, conveyance, air handling, and irrigation
  • Imploy system level analysis to consider trade-offs between function, deployment time, operational costs, and capital  investment
  • Emphasis on designing for offsite fabrication and assembly rather than onsite construction.
  • Use CAD to develop designs and drawings
  • Perform mechanical design, analysis, and validation of components and systems 
  • Prototype designs and design concepts and iterate based on findings
  • Work with suppliers and internal collaborators to define manufacturing process for components and subsystems
  • Perform root cause analysis of test failures, field failures, or production issues in order to establish  containments and countermeasures

What We're Looking For

  • BS / MS in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent)
  • Experience in design-for-manufacturing and lean manufacturing principles
  • Outstanding analytical and creative problem solving mindset, with strong drive to harmonize various functions into a product
  • Experience designing with metals and plastics, including manufacturing processes and limitations associated with each
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to integrate state-of-the-art design and manufacturing methods into product concepts and designs
  • Experience owning projects, including working independently, managing projects with tight timing constraints, leading and completing multiple design engineering projects
  • Demonstrated success in multiple industries, across multiple products types, and multiple product life cycles, bringing products to life from concept through production
  • Strong hands-on experience in solid modeling (Solidworks, Catia, etc)
  • Strong understanding of GD&T, assembly and dimensional engineering principles in design

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.


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