Founded in 2015, Bowery Farming is on a mission to democratize access to high-quality, local, safe and sustainable produce. We build smart indoor farms near cities, growing fresher, pesticide-free Protected Produce with bold flavor in precisely controlled environments, 365 days a year. At the heart of each farm is the proprietary BoweryOS, which integrates software, hardware, sensors, AI, computer vision systems, machine learning models, and robotics to orchestrate and automate the entirety of its operations. As a result, each farm creates far less waste and uses a fraction of the water and land compared to traditional agriculture. For more insight on our culture, our teams, and all the things that make us so unique, check out The Roots: Bowery Farming’s People Podcast
About The Role:
Bowery Farming is seeking a General Manager of Farm Operations who will oversee and be responsible for the complete operation of our newest and most modern high-tech indoor vertical farm. You’ll join Bowery Farming at a critical point in our growth trajectory. Reporting to the SVP of Farm Operations, you will be responsible for the end-to-end operation, including team development, health & safety, food safety & quality, cost, P&L, crop health, people development and service. You will build and develop the best and most complete operation possible. To achieve this, General Managers of Farm Operations are individuals who come with experience, analytical 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, making history. Come join us!
What You’ll Do:
Responsible for complete end to end operations of the facility to include team development, health & safety, food safety & quality, cost, P&L , crop health, people development and service
Ensure all required KPI’s are met regarding facilities goals on safety, production, quality, and costs
Collect & analyze data in order to proactively identify production issues or develop plans to resolve existing issues
Responsible for creating and sustaining a world class culture around people and food safety, quality, customer experience and history making fun
Oversee an Operations team to ensure that the farm stays on schedule, from seeding to harvest to packaging to cleaning & delivery
Onboard, train and develop leaders and farmers creating an environment where leaders and farmers are developed
Maintain overall responsibility for the farm, including safety, quality, cost, productivity, and delivery
Implement all SOPs and drive compliance with crop plans in partnership with the Agricultural Operations Team
Plan shift and work schedules for all production staff on shift to ensure high efficiency & quality
Maintain production 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
Provide 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
Collaborate with leaders across Bowery to identify and understand operational opportunities for improvement
Routinely build and lead relationships in the communities we serve while championing and supporting social capital projects.
Who You Are:
Leader with excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
Manufacturing leader with experience running food operations (preferably fresh produce) with demonstrated ability leading and running a complex 7 day a week operation
Working experience with food regulators such as FDA and DOA
Demonstrated experience implementing Lean & Six Sigma process improvement techniques (ideally a certified green or black LSS practitioner)
Experience managing an OSHA compliance program
Knowledge of warehouse management systems
Skills driving continuous improvement initiatives & culture
Excellent analytical, problem solving, and superior management skills
Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
Ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
Detail & process orientation
Experience with farming and growing operations, and food safety and production is a plus
Who We Are:
Bowery is a place where everyone is welcome, included and empowered to reach their full potential
We live our shared values every day in both big and small ways: opt-in, think wildly different, break barriers together & be kind to the core
We are a mission-driven team of unconventional thinkers, problem-solvers, optimists and activators
We share a passion for giving back more to the planet than we take, growing deliciously abundant food without abundant harm
We are excited to hear from you!
This is a big role and we are looking for a big leader that can come in and multiply our success.
Our ability to maintain healthy, efficient facilities will help drive Bowery’s growth into a worldwide
network of interconnected farms. You don’t need to know anything about farming, we will teach
the way we do farming leveraging technology in a new and exciting way!
Based in New York City, Bowery is the largest vertical farming company in the United States, serving major e-commerce platforms and more than 850 grocery stores in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including Albertsons Companies (Safeway and Acme), Amazon Fresh, Giant Food, Walmart, Weis, Whole Foods Market, and specialty grocers, with produce that’s harvested year-round at peak freshness, delivered within days of harvest. To date, we have raised $472 million from leading investors, including Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, Temasek, GV (formerly Google Ventures), General Catalyst, GGV Capital, First Round Capital, and individuals including Henry Kravis, Jeff Wilke, as well as some of the foremost thought leaders in food, including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and David Barber of Blue Hill.
We celebrate unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures that enrich the workplace. Join us in creating an inclusive work environment that is free of bias and discrimination, where everyone can be their authentic self. We strongly encourage people from all walks of life and underrepresented backgrounds to apply and join the Bowery Farming team. We are an equal opportunity employer.