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Farm Operations

Senior Sustaining Process Engineer

South San Francisco, CA

2019_06_08_PLENTY_TIGRIS_TRANSPLANT_AREA_0408_FNL

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.

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

In this role, you will implement, develop, and optimize production methodologies in the farm manufacturing operations.  Process optimization may include tool/fixture selection, process flows, ergonomic study, material presentation, and other relevant factors.  Interface with manufacturing engineering, quality, and production to solve problems, improve operations, and implement continual improvement. If you are a proactive, operationally focused individual that thrives in a fast-paced environment, you’ve found the right place!

What You'll Do

  • Drive process improvements throughout farm operations

  • Target key OKRs, such as Quality, Safety, Rate, Downtime, and number of processes; set targets, analyze data and monitor trends, and drive projects to meet those targets

  • Identify areas of improvement with existing processes to optimize farm operations

  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement by characterizing and optimizing existing processes, reducing waste

  • Work cross-functionally with Manufacturing, Program Management and other teams to define, qualify, and track new processes and all associated work instructions, equipment, tools, materials, and training

  • Ensure processes provide a high level of safety and ergonomic compliance

  • Perform supporting activities for Engineering and Manufacturing including 5S and Lean manufacturing activities, material handling improvements, production line configuration, and safety procedures

  • Utilize lean manufacturing tools and concepts such as value stream mapping, line balancing, and 5S for continuous improvement

  • Define and execute process improvement studies to create, characterize, and optimize processes

  • Utilize SPC data and other statistical tools to characterize processes for operating performance

  • Use leadership, technical, and business system skills to drive process improvements throughout all farm operations

  • Monitor project schedules, timelines and deliverables using standard project management tools and engineering systems.

  • Generate documentation for change controls and engineering qualification protocols to support process changes

  • Optimize work content to achieve a safe work environment, meet budget expectations, and exceed quality standards

What We're Looking For

  • BS degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering

  • At least 3-5 years experience in Process/Manufacturing Engineering or related position; experience in food manufacturing a plus

  • Hands-on skills with hardware, tools, instruments, general electromechanical systems, measurement techniques

  • Experience with ergonomic process design, and human factors effects on product

  • Data collection and analysis experience

  • Strong ability to work and communicate effectively with team and peers.  This includes excellent communication skills: written, verbal, and email

  • Strong problem solving skills and an aptitude for learning systems quickly

  • Exceptional capacity for managing simultaneous activities and challenges

  • Days, afternoons, nights as needed

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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