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R&D Operations Supervisor

Bowery Farming

Bowery Farming

People & HR, Operations
Kearny, NJ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024
At Bowery, we’re making wildly delicious food more accessible to everyone. Driven by our proprietary end-to-end technology, our farms are transforming the entire fresh food supply chain to be simpler, safer, and vastly more sustainable.
We have 5 farms in operation (including state-of-the-art R&D and innovation farms) and we’re just getting started. We’re backed by tech and agriculture industry leaders with $647M in equity and debt capital, and our products are sold in over 1,400 locations.
Working at Bowery is more than just a job. It’s a chance to make a global impact with first-of-its-kind technology and ridiculously good food. We’re always looking for passionate minds to grow (and eat) with us! Ready to make a real difference? Join us. We’d love to have you here.
P.s. Check out The Roots: Bowery Farming's People Podcast for all things Bowery culture, teams, leadership, and karaoke (yes, karaoke)
About The Role:
Bowery Farming is seeking an R&D Operations Supervisor who will oversee aspects of our daily growing operations in our indoor R&D farms. Reporting to the R&D Operations Manager you will be responsible for leading, developing, and engaging a team, and one of your main focuses will be motivating, mentoring, and coaching your team to become the best operators they can be. To achieve this, R&D Operations Supervisors are problem solvers who are able to set big bold goals, interpret data, and deliver business results. You will operate in a multidisciplinary environment with engineers, computer scientists, agricultural scientists, retail, and other functions, and your work will meaningfully impact the evolution of the indoor agriculture industry. This role will be based at Bowery Farming’s Research & Development farm in Kearny, New Jersey.

What You'll Do:

  • Supervise R&D Operations teams to ensure that the farm stays on schedule, from seeding to harvest to packaging to cleaning, & delivery
  • Onboard and train new hires
  • Maintain overall responsibility for the performance of the shift, including safety, quality, cost, productivity, and experimental delivery
  • Implement all SOPs and drive compliance with crop plans in partnership with the R&D Ops team
  • Plan shift and work schedules for all staff on shift to ensure high efficiency & quality
  • Maintain R&D areas to ensure compliance with company quality, sanitation, and Food Safety standards
  • Identify and implement methods and practices to achieve operational improvements in efficiency, quality, delivery, and operating profits
  • Collect & analyze data in order to proactively identify production issues or develop plans to resolve existing issues
  • Provide a safe working environment by maintaining quality equipment and enforcing adherence to developed work practices
  • Ensure employees have the right tools, knowledge, and equipment required to do their jobs effectively and safely
  • Promote a culture of world-class performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
  • Provide coaching, teaching, and mentorship to a diverse and engaged team Influence and drive improvements to the Bowery Farming production software system
  • Ensure all required KPIs are met regarding facilities goals on safety, production, quality, and costs
  • Collaborate with leaders across Bowery to identify and understand operational opportunities for improvement

Who You Are:

  • You have experience in a leadership role in an operations environment
  • You have experience in manufacturing operations or engineering roles with demonstrated ability to lead teams & lead change
  • You understand Lean & Six Sigma process improvement techniques
  • You have experience managing an OSHA compliance program
  • You understand how to drive continuous improvement initiatives & culture
  • You possess excellent analytical, problem-solving, and superior management skills
  • You are capable of strong mentoring and coaching to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • You have the ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • You demonstrate excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
  • You are detail & process orientated
  • You have experience with farming and growing operations, and food safety and production is a plus

Benefits As Good As Our Greens:

  • To support you and your family, we offer health, dental, and vision insurance; mental health resources; family forming support; long-term and short-term disability insurance; FSA; HSA and commuter benefits
  • Company stock options so that you can reap the benefits of every Bowery win
  • 401k Program
  • The more balance, the better. We offer unlimited paid vacation, paid holiday - plus 16 weeks of paid parental leave so you can focus on what matters most
  • From internal mobility to a mentorship program and curated L&D initiatives, we are fully invested in your growth
Our commitment to eliminating bias and ensuring pay equity goes beyond pay transparency. Click here (https://bit.ly/3CUwuUY) to learn more about how compensation works at Bowery, how we came up with the salary on this job posting, and what we’re doing to ensure your compensation is internally and externally equitable.
The salary for this role will be $60,000. If this role is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply no matter what so we can see your profile and background. You can trust us to make a leveling assessment based on your unique skills and experience and communicate that with you.
Bowery is an equal-opportunity employer - a place that celebrates unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures that will enrich the workplace. We are attempting to redefine what a sustainable agricultural supply chain can look like. We cannot achieve this mission without a team that reflects the diversity of people who want fresh, locally grown food in regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, national origin, religion, family status, disability, military status, and experience. We strongly encourage people from marginalized communities to apply to join our team.