Program Manager, New Product Introduction

Root AI

Kentucky, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Prod Mgmt/Dev
  • Post Date: 06/07/2021
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  • Company Address: 444 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA, 02143

About Root AI

We believe tomorrow’s farms won’t look like the endless outdoor crop rows we remember and that the security and quality of our food will no longer be limited by an increasingly unpredictable climate or access to land. Instead, hyper efficient indoor farms will grow delicious and chemical free produce. At Root, we are on a mission to create the intelligent robots that will help growers build the farms of the future.

Job Description

AppHarvest is redefining American agriculture by developing modern, large-scale controlled environment agriculture facilities in Central Appalachia.  We’re combining conventional agriculture techniques with the most recent proven to grow fruits and vegetables that are locally grown, climate resilient, free of chemical pesticides, and resource efficient. We provide access to a nutritious and safe U.S.-grown food supply for consumers. 
We’re currently operating one of the largest greenhouses in North America, 60-acre controlled environment agriculture facility in Morehead, KY, and have an active development pipeline for additional facilities. These facilities grow more with fewer resources. When compared to traditional agriculture, we grow 30x more efficiently and with 90% less water. Located within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. population, our base in Appalachia allows us to pick our fruits and veggies when they are at peak nutrition and reduce diesel use in transportation by 80%.
AppHarvest is proud to verify our commitment to people and the planet by being a Certified B Corporation. As one of only four public B Corps in the United States, we are focused on balancing people and profit. Our goal is to promote a future of sustainable change in the agriculture industry while reducing our impact on the planet.  And we're doing it all while creating jobs and helping Appalachia build a more resilient economy!
This is Farming Now. 

About the Role:

As the Program Manager for New Product Introduction (NPI) at AppHarvest, you will join a team at the forefront of reinventing sustainable agriculture by leading cross-functional teams in delivering technical maturity and operational readiness to ramp and launch new products on time, with high quality and maximum customer availabilityYou’re a driven, passionate, and strategic leader with a proven track record of launching new products focused on value-added development and implementation. This role will be based in Lexington, KY.

What You'll Do:

  • Manage the development of new products from concept to launch 
  • Partner cross-functionally to establish clear, actionable, and quantifiable success criteria by which execution is measured and tracked 
  • Quarterback schedule planning and execution; facilitate development readiness to ensure technical teams can successfully accomplish objectives on time 
  • Provide weekly program updates to senior leadership and other key stakeholders 
  • Lead cross-functional teams in conducting postmortem reviews following product launch to capture and communicate key findings for continuous improvement 
  • Execute implementation and improvement projects for program management tools and processes 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. AppHarvest reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or related field; MBA a plus  
  • Strong passion for AppHarvest’s values and mission 
  • 7+ years of specific program/project experience  
  • Collaborative and innovative spirit  
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, startup environment 
  • A data-junkie with a strong attention to detail 
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to simplify and focus 
  • You embody a “we can figure it out” mentality and challenge any notion that “this can’t be done” 


  • 100% company paid insurance premiums (Medical, Dental and Vision Plans) 
  • 401K Company Match 100% of First 3%- 50% of next 2% and is vested immediately – it is automatically yours
  • 9 company paid holidays 
  • Generous PTO Packages starting at 15 PTO days
  • 2 Paid Mission Days for volunteer work 
  • Company provided uniforms and shoes (for Greenhouse Employees)

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