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
About the Role:
Bowery Farming is seeking a dynamic Senior Project Manager to join the Farm Build & Launch team and support the fast-paced launch of our high-tech farms. Bowery’s farms are highly complex and offer customizable operations that grow, process, and package fresh produce utilizing high degrees of automation, precision agricultural techniques, and food-safe operational processes.
You’ll lead large, intricate Farm Build & Launch projects, which will require effectively managing, influencing, and negotiating with external and internal business partners in order to meet organizational capacity demands. You’ll be responsible for ensuring that the launch new farms meet the business needs (i.e. capacity/customer fulfillment, quality, safety, yield, and cost-effectiveness) whilst achieving timelines, staying within budget, and driving standardization and consistency within our network. You will report to our Director of Build & Launch and will drive various functional teams and individuals at all levels of the organization.
What You’ll Do:
Be accountable for delivery of the construction and start-up of new vertical farm facilities across the US
Be responsible for budget, scheduling, scope, and project decisions based upon business objectives which may include site improvements, entitlements, permits, consultant selection; farm design team collaboration, integrated project schedule development and management, contractor selection and management, financial management including cash flows, anticipated cost reports and monthly reports
Monitor and report on the progress of all project activity within the project including significant milestones and any conditions which would affect project cost or schedule.
Manage third parties necessary for project execution, including design-builders, design engineers, OEMs, and contractors. Including providing the appropriate level of on-site supervision to ensure project performance criteria are being met
Lead (plans, directs, supervises, and controls) the team that executes all business, HR, technical, fiscal, and administrative functions of the assigned launch projects
Work with your peers across the business to balance various priorities and achieve the best overall results including cross-functional collaboration and communication across with Farm Operations, Farm Design, Science & Tech, Safety, Supply Chain, Finance, Commercial, Marketing, HR as well as Vendors
Support & lead while acting as the company representative with vendors and suppliers during project execution
Who You Are:
Have capital project management experience involving complex manufacturing systems, including budget management, critical path schedule development, and successful execution of construction and commissioning plans. Experience in the food processing and /or food distribution industry is preferred
When given a scope of work to deliver, you are able to collaborate with internal cross-functions and third parties to develop a plan and execute
Able to operate independently and are proactive in managing & mitigating project risks
Have a broad technical understanding of building utilities and infrastructure, including power distribution, compressed air, and water distribution
Ability to read and understand technical documents related to real estate and construction activities including surveys, architectural plans, construction contracts/specifications & related legal documents
Able to see the big picture & thinking strategically is a strength, but you are also able to execute and implement ideas
Detailed, action-oriented and are energized by environments where there are always more problems to solve and systems to improve than time to do it
Have a bias for customer orientation and are comfortable with ambiguity and adaptable when plans change
Ability to build quick rapport & trust-based partnerships internally & externally with all teammates and vendors
Have a passion for getting the best quality goods to the final customers (you treat each leaf of lettuce like it’s going in your own salad)
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!
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.