Director, Manufacturing Engineering


South San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Manufacturing
  • Post Date: 02/07/2021
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  • Company Address: , South San Francisco, CA, 94080

About Plenty

Plenty is a new kind of farm for a new kind of world. We’re on a mission to bring fresh, local produce to communities everywhere in a way that’s better for the environment. Our local field-scale indoor farms are creating a healthier, more delicious and sustainable future.

Job Description

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 the 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 by drawing upon technologies and methodologies from high volume manufacturing. To that end, we are seeking a Director of Manufacturing Engineer to lead the team designing production lines in our farms. In this role you will work as a manager as well as a hands-on technical leader and you will have the opportunity to create word class manufacturing engineering systems and standards for Plenty. As part of Plenty’s engineering leadership team you will work among a set of highly motivated, experienced and creative peers to lead the development of new kinds of farms which get the world the produce it needs now and into the future. 

Type of Role


What You'll Do

As the Director of Manufacturing Engineering at Plenty you will be the manager and technical leader of the team responsible for the following:

  • Developing new production lines, processes and equipment for Plenty’s farms

  • Writing automation equipment specifications and managing external equipment vendors and integrators to deliver made-to-order and custom automation equipment

  • Writing equipment specifications for in-house automation development teams and collaborating with those teams to deliver custom automation equipment

  • Designing the layout of production workstations and assembly lines

  • Working with key stakeholders and customers in the operations team to ensure that line designs meet operational requirements

  • Developing acceptance testing documentation for internally and externally built equipment

  • Designing, procuring and deploying manufacturing automation equipment with the support of in-house automation equipment designers and outside equipment integrators and suppliers

  • Working with controls engineers and software teams to integrate equipment to our customized data systems

  • Performing labor and throughput calculations for commissioning and steady state operations

  • Characterizing and validating new equipment and fixtures

  • Defining critical process control parameters and material traceability requirements

  • Handing off validated production lines and automation equipment to the operations team

What We're Looking For

  • A seasoned engineering leader with extensive experience managing teams through new production line launches

  • Strong equipment project management skills working with a range of vendors and integrators

  • Track record of outstanding collaboration with operations teams

  • Experience establishing manufacturing engineering best practices and driving adoption

  • Strong understanding of statistical process control and many examples of data driven process problem solving

  • Experience defining manufacturing execution system requirements for new production processes

  • BS / MS in Mechanical Engineering or similar

  • 10+ years industry experience, doing manufacturing engineering, advanced manufacturing engineering, manufacturing system engineering, technical program management or similar

Food Safety Requirement

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations.

  • Make sure Equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable.

  • Participate and lead in the annual Management review of the Food Safety and quality system.

  • Ensure appropriate allocation of resources for food safety and quality and responsible for Food Safety at Plenty.

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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