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 is seeking an experienced Head Grower to focus on the crop health, yield and quality in our farms. The Head Grower will support the introduction & operationalization of new products, while serving as a critical partner in analyzing datasets, and guiding key business decisions around yield and quality performance.
The Head Grower will be supported by Bowery’s proprietary farm management software, the BoweryOS, which delivers unprecedented abilities to monitor crop development and maintain efficient operations. This role operates in a multidisciplinary environment with engineers, computer scientists, agricultural scientists, growers, business operators and a farm operations team. The Head Grower will manage a team of Growers to provide input around crop variety trials, help further develop Bowery’s proprietary BoweryOS, and contribute to the overall direction of our new product development.
What You’ll Do:
You will manage day to day growing operations in Bowery’s farms and help plan growing operations for future farms in conjunction with the systems engineering and agricultural Science.
You will lead a team of Growers to ensure farm health is maintained across critical systems, disease and seed management and nutrient performance.
You will diagnose infield crop performance and providing feedback to our Agricultural Operations team.
You will be a critical partner in transitioning new products from R&D to an operational environment.
You will influence daily activity and recommend new techniques and processes that will make our farm operators more efficient and effective.
You will influence our crop development roadmap, and help us evaluate new varieties for quality, yield and taste.
You will recommend new monitoring and control systems that give Bowery increasing levels of control on the most important variables for plant growth.
You will be a critical partner in working with our Marketing team providing feedback on “in-farm” observations and sensory data.
Who You Are:
You are passionate about our mission, excited to revolutionize agriculture.
You have research, education, or experience in growing agriculture crops in the field and under controlled environment.
You have relevant work experience in a management position in commercial greenhouse production, preferably in leafy greens and herbs.
You can work independently in a highly collaborative team environment.
You have the versatility to collaborate with individuals at all levels and across various functions.
You are an excellent oral and written communicator who is able to shift between technical discussions and layman’s terms with ease.
You believe that teams succeed and fail together and take responsibility for ensuring the success and satisfaction of your teammates.
You’re a poised multitasker who thrives in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.
As a Head Grower, your work will meaningfully impact the evolution of the indoor agriculture industry. This is a multi farm role focused on an expanding number of farms and will require some travel. You will lead a team of Growers and will report to the Vice President of Agricultural Operations.
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.