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Plant Science

Director, Plant Science Engineering

Laramie, WY

2019_06_09_PLENTY_TIGRIS_GROW_ROOM_1236_FNL
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 a Director-level leader for our Plant Science Engineering teams to help design and build new equipment for testing and to collect data from experiments, with the rest of the Plant Science team.

About Role

The Plant Science team is responsible for introducing new crops and optimizing crops for yield and flavor at all scales.  For Plant Scientists to be successful, they need industry leading technology.  The Plant Science Engineering team is responsible for helping to deploy that equipment, as well as design and build custom solutions.

What You'll Do

  • Lead a diverse and talented group of engineers
  • Interface with other leaders across Plenty to maintain alignment of objectives and metrics
  • Establish and document a long-term vision for your department that goes above and beyond what is obvious and necessary in the near-term  
  • Maintain standards and develop best-practices within the department  
  • Identify required skillsets and hire new engineers and leaders to expand both skills and capacity
  • Foster partnerships with service providers
  • Provide guidance in make versus buy decisions for our platform
  • Manage a department budget including people, tools, and hardware
  • Foster employee growth and career planning at all levels of your department
  • See and communicate risks before they become critical
  • Identify potential patent and trade secret assets and work with our legal team on protection strategies
  • Help move the world towards a healthy, delicious, and sustainable food system

What We're Looking For

  • BS in Engineering or a related field, MS preferred, PhD appreciated
  • 10+ years of engineering experience, 5 or more of those years managing people
  • Self-starter and independent thinker.  You need to lead, not just manage
  • A leader who looks to data for answers
  • Experience with rapid prototyping small scale production
  • Experience with controls, design and deploying sensors
  • Experience with computer vision sensors is a plus
  • Strong project managementskills and the ability to effectively collaborate with project and program managers
  • Proven ability to communicate and negotiate across all levels of an organization
  • Demonstrated ability to drive significant organizational change when needed
  • Demonstrated ability to grow teams of leaders, individual contributors, and domain experts
  • A flexible and dynamic personality who can change course when needed and also keep their team focused
  • An individual who knows when to teach, when to drive, when to roll up their sleeves and dig into problems, and when to celebrate success

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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