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Sr. Manager, Operational Excellence 22 views

Bethlehem, PA

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 Senior Manager, Operational Excellence for Farm Operations who will oversee and be responsible for the implementation of Best practices across the farms and Drive continuous improvement (CI) across all operations. You’ll join Bowery Farming at a critical point in our growth trajectory.  Reporting to the SVP Farm Operations, you will be responsible for rolling out fundamental practices of OpX such as: Operations Team setup ~ Defining roles & responsibilities, goals and metrics for shift performance (hour, quarters, and shift) ~ shift handover protocol, gap escalation protocols ~ develop and implement training material for farmers, team leads and shift leaders, among other things related to OpX.. You will operate in a multidisciplinary environment with engineers, computer scientists, agricultural scientists, retail and other functions and your work will meaningfully impact the evolution of the indoor agriculture industry, making history.  Come join us.
*This role can be based out of either our Bethlehem, PA or Nottingham, MD farms.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead the implementation of high-performance Farm Teams using fundamental principles of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement. 
  • Train, coach, and guide Shift Leaders (Shift Supervisors and Team Leads) to become high effective leaders driving results the right way (delivering the “what” and also the “how”) exemplifying Bowery Values and becoming advocates of OpEx practices.
  • Provide on-line performance reports to all Farm Teams (per hour/ shift / day and week) so that Farm Teams can quickly close performance gaps and/or escalate problems quickly to request support. This is part of MCRS (Management and Control Reporting System) methodology.
  • Support teams to navigate complex problems to understand root causing using Six Sigma Methodology (5-Why, Fishbone, etc).
  • Onboard, train and develop leaders and farmers creating an environment where leaders and farmers are developed.
  • Lead a team to develop and conduct training of all new farmers.
  • Implement SOPs and drive compliance with crop plans in partnership with the Agricultural Operations Team
  • Ensure employees have the right tools, training, knowledge and equipment required to do their jobs effectively and safely.
  • Promote a culture of world-class performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Influence and drive improvements to the Bowery Farming production software system
  • Who You Are:

  • An Operations leader with experience working in food manufacturing facilities that operate 24/7.
  • An expert in Continuous Improvement & Operational Excellence who utilizes Lean & Six Sigma practices to deliver results 
  • A leader with demonstrated skills leading continuous improvement projects
  • A leader with excellent analytical, problem solving, and superior management skills
  • A recognized operations leader that “make things happen”
  • You have strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • Ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Detail & process orientation
  • Experience with manufacturing operations and food safety 
  • 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.

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