Hardware Engineering

Engineering Manager, Machine Design

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.

About Role 

We are looking for an Engineering Manager to lead project teams in the development of custom automation machinery from requirements gathering and prototyping through to system commissioning and improvement. In this role you will help create best-in-class equipment through the lenses of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), people and food safety, and scalability. You will collaborate with the border engineering team to integrate these systems into the larger automated ecosystem, and help to establish and drive standardization across the team. Additionally, you will work cross functionally with a brilliant team of operators, maintenance technicians, and plant scientists. You will be part of a passionate and dynamic team that is developing new technology from the ground up to improve humanity’s access to delicious, clean, reliable, and healthy produce.

Type of Role


What You'll Do

  • Define system requirements and performance metrics for novel automated machinery

  • Design, prototype, and test new systems designs in collaboration with engineering partners in hardware, controls, and software

  • Partner internally with a wide variety of teams within Plenty and collaborate externally with vendors and suppliers

  • Establish and promote best practices for system safety, cleanliness, reliability, and performance

  • Execute projects against aggressive timeline and performance targets

  • Change the landscape of food production and distribution

What We're Looking For 

  • Creative and rigorous engineering designer with a track record of high performance and high reliability designs

  • Experience designing, testing, refining, and commissioning custom automation equipment

  • Spectacular collaboration and communication skills on interdisciplinary teams

  • Experience leading teams or mentoring junior engineers is a plus

  • BS, MS or Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent

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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