New York, NY
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
Bowery Farming is seeking a Controls Engineer to join our Robotics, Hardware, & Automation (RHA) team to support our full-time operations across our various facilities. The Controls Engineer will Report to the Vice President of the RHA team. The responsibilities include PLC programming, SCADA system development, process implementation and optimization, and troubleshooting across multiple systems. The Controls Engineer will be involved with the design, commissioning, ramp-up, and operations of several farms. The Controls Engineer will support Facilities and Maintenance teams in preparing preventative maintenance and standard operating procedures documentation. This job also includes covering all locations across PA, MD, NY, and NJ.
Please note: This role will require a training period lasting roughly 3 months in Europe upon starting in the position.
What You’ll Do:
Focus on the development of standards, standard operating procedures, preventative maintenance documentation, and the execution of research and development (R&D) projects.
Develop and operate the automated system at several locations.
Monitor and improve the systems performance during several phases of production.
Provide technical root cause analysis on automated systems and prepare potential solutions.
Travel to existing and future farms to assist with operations and construction/start-up activities.
Manage vendors across mechanical, electrical and on-call contractors.
Work cross functionally with multiple teams to drive innovation throughout the company.
What You’ll Have:
Relevant years experience in Engineering (Controls, Automation, Electrical, Manufacturing, Warehouse Management, or Mechanical Automation).
Experience leading and managing remote vendor teams.
Experience managing fast track design/build projects or multiple significant upgrade projects.
Experience leading Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) of automation equipment.
Experience developing design documentation (functional specifications, operations manuals, mechanical and electrical schematics).
Proven ability to read/write and troubleshoot PLC code (Omron, Allen Bradley, or Siemens) including ladder logic and structured text.
Experience with motor control (ATL, Softstarters, and VFDs).
Experience installing and programming HMIs (Rockwell, Weintek).
Proven experience with hands-on troubleshooting controls related hardware and electrical system.
Experience with WES (Warehouse Execution System) working in conjunction with AS/RS systems.
Experience with installing, developing, and optimizing SCADA systems (Ignition).
Experience with setting up local and cloud-based database systems with the ability to query.
Experience with AS/RS systems and other inventory related robotics and automated systems.
Understanding of Warehouse Execution / Management / Control Systems.
Ability to read and write schematics using AutoCAD Electrical (3D is nice to have)
Who You Are:
Strong time management skills with a sense of urgency.
You’re a team player and work well with others in the face of challenges and a common mission.
Ability to multitask and prioritize diverse tasks, to hit hard deadlines, and to know when to escalate issues that arise.
You thrive in ambiguity and play nice in the sandbox.
Safety is your overriding priority and you think safety first in every situation.
You possess strong interpersonal skills – seen as a natural team builder.
Ability and willingness to travel up to 40%
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.