San Carlos, CA
Iron Ox is reimagining the modern farm, utilizing robotics and AI to grow fresh, consistent, and responsibly farmed produce for everyone. Our experienced team of growers, plant scientists, engineers, and innovators are passionate about deeply understanding and developing this new wave of technology to feed an ever-growing population.
Our mission at Iron Ox is dedicated to addressing some of the most significant issues in food security, now and in the future. We’re focused on sustainable, scalable food production for a changing climate and an ever-growing population.
From the development of multiple robot platforms, to our own custom hydroponic, seeding, and harvesting systems, to our data-based farm feedback loop, we are taking a system-level approach to creating the ideal farm. As we continue to develop and scale our robotic greenhouse operations, we want to make sure that the code that operates our systems is user-friendly, structured, well ordered, maintainable, and meets the needs of all of those who depend on it.
We are looking for a Software Engineering Manager to grow (HA! a food pun!) and lead our team of backend and frontend engineers, as well as drive the diverse software projects needed to realize our vision for an optimized and intelligent farm.
The technical side: You will own our efforts to develop, deploy, and maintain production-quality code that runs on the robots and in the cloud, as well as our three-tier web applications used both inside and outside our farms. Generalists will thrive in this role; we are looking for a leader who is able to support engineers working on cross-functional projects that integrate firmware, high-level algorithms, and web infrastructure, all coming together to create a complete product. (It’s not required that you have experience in all of these areas; just that you feel comfortable supporting engineers working in this environment.)
The people side: This is a dynamic environment and requires managing a team with diverse skill sets as well as closely collaborating with hardware, growing, and operations teams. You will need to not only roll up your sleeves and solve the day-to-day problems that never stop sprouting up, but also make time to plant the seeds that will bear longer, more strategic fruit in future seasons. (And you’ll need to help us find more farmy puns for job descriptions, of course.) Most of all, as a leader, you’re passionate about creating a productive and collaborative work environment for your team.
What You’ll Be Doing:
Lead a growing team of 5-10 highly motivated and talented software engineers
Drive a goal-based software development process focused on delivering releases to systems deployed across our growing operation (making actual food!)
Coordinate and collaborate with other groups including (but not limited to) product management, quality, hardware, automation, plant science, robotics, data science, and operations
Help to assess, create, and execute on hiring plans
Cultivate an environment of collaboration, transparency and passion for technical excellence
Develop, train, and mentor software engineering staff
Help the team make decisions, keep moving forward, and propose changes and improvements to promote scalable, reliable, and maintainable technologies
You’re An Ideal Candidate For Us If You Value:
Collaboration and consensus-building as patterns for problem-solving
Transparency in the face of ambiguous or difficult situations
“Getting stuff done” through simple, pragmatic iteration and an unwavering focus on product needs
Demonstrating a high level of curiosity and keeping abreast of the latest technologies
Taking a proactive nature to resolve problems
Challenging the status quo, when it makes sense to do so
What You Bring To The Table:
10+ years of developing and shipping production software
5+ years of leading engineering teams including building product roadmaps, running agile processes, performance management, conflict resolution, and career development
A genuine passion for management, and a desire to build the best management practice possible
Experience building cohesive teams; including sourcing, recruiting, interviewing and closing exceptional engineers
Strong communication and analytical skills
A commitment to fostering inclusion and diversity within your team and the larger organization
You remember enough about writing code that you look at and understand it (note: you will not be expected to write code, but you shouldn’t be so far distanced from the experience that you can’t grok what is happening)
BS or MS in Engineering or Computer Science or equivalent work experience
Comfort with cloud/frontend and on-device development
Experience managing engineers that develop in C++, Python, React/Typescript, Sass
Experience with development tools and technologies such as AWS, Postgres, Docker, OpenAPI, Jest, Ansible
Experience with products that combine hardware in software
Familiarity with robotics, machine vision, or machine learning
Familiarity with ROS
Experience with Python, C++ programming
Experience with frontend development
Experience working in a startup environment
An interest in agriculture
The ability to find a spider on your keyboard an amusing anecdote, as opposed to something that induces terror
As a condition of employment, all employees must be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19. The Company will reasonably accommodate any applicants who require an accommodation for a disability, sincerely held religious belief, or any other basis required by applicable law, absent undue hardship, or if the individual poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
We are a mission-driven and well-funded startup, backed by the likes of YCombinator, Pathbreaker Ventures, R7, and Crosslink Capital. We are headquartered in San Carlos, CA with our primary production greenhouse facility located in Gilroy, CA, and Lockhart, TX.
Iron Ox is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
Please note: Iron Ox does not accept unsolicited resumes from staffing vendors, including recruitment agencies and/or search firms. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Iron Ox employees, or any other company location. Any submittals without a prior signed agreement will become property of Iron Ox.
U.S. E-Verify Notice: Iron Ox participates in E-Verify in the United States. Iron Ox will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.