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Project Manager, Automation 11 views

Chicago, IL

Nature’s Fynd is a groundbreaking food tech company born out of NASA-supported research on extremophiles in the geothermal pools of Yellowstone National Park. Our novel fermentation technology produces a sustainable source of complete protein using only a fraction of the resources required by traditional agriculture. As the challenge to feed the world’s expanding population grows, our mission is to create amazing foods and materials that provide sustainable choices and nurture the planet.
We’re looking for passionate, driven, and ambitious people to join our fast-growing team.
A Project Manager is responsible for managing and developing the scope, cost, schedule, and execution for capital projects (installation of MHE equipment, facility construction/expansion, facility infrastructure additions). 


  • Define unit operation requirements for project scopes.
  • Develop and Execute work plans.
  • Lead cross-functional teams of colleagues and outside resources including vendors and consultants.
  • Apply engineering principles including modeling and simulation with external vendors and consultants.
  • Develop equipment installation, commissioning, and hand-off plans.
  • Develop capital requirements, establish operational metrics that define total productive performance, define development and commercialization schedules.
  • Manage budget, schedule attainment and achievement of project performance metrics.
  • Provide timely and accurate financial forecasting of project cash flow and operational expenses.
  • Hold suppliers and vendors accountable per project scope and work on change orders when necessary
  • Develop FAT/SAT plans and conduct testing.
  • Ensure successful handoff of systems to operations and maintenance teams
  • Produce weekly/monthly reports
  • Review equipment SOPs, BOM, Spare Parts Lists, and manuals (Ops and Maintenance)
  • Balance multiple project deliverables and competing priorities.
  • Manage the vendor qualification, bidding and evaluations process.
  • Create capital appropriation requests (CAR’s), RFQ’s, and purchase orders to vendors.
  • Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in relevant field required
  • Project Management qualifications including certificates or similar accreditations
  • MS Project experience. Material Handling, Robotics, Manufacturing or Packaging background a plus.       
  • Between 5 and 10 years experience in a Project Management Role        
  • Advanced in MS Office software suite (Excel, Word, Visio etc.)
  • An understanding of the Engineering, Manufacturing and Material Handling industries           
  • Exposure to Warehouse/Distribution Center Operations
  • Exposure to various food/beverage material handling technologies, controls, and WMS
  • Energetic ambitious and hard working with proven ability to multi-task
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with project management experience 
  • Clear communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Innovative “out of the box” thinking skills to drive transformational change
  • Attention to detail and organized
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exposure to various manufacturing and material handling automation technologies and controls
  • Understanding of Lean Supply Chain Principals
  • Understanding of Warehouse/Distribution Center Operations
  • Knowledge of various food/beverage material handling technologies and controls
  • Strong Communication/Presentations Skills
  • Employee Benefits:

  • 100% paid employee benefits
  • Ability to join a company with aggressive growth trajectory
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    • Company Address 3132 Hillcrest Drive, Chicago, IL 60609
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