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Director, Engineering Project Management



Chester, VA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone. Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need. Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this. We are a collaborative and innovative bunch. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Most importantly, we are growing for a better tomorrow, today.

About the role

Plenty is looking for a Director, Project Management to join our R&D Engineering team. The Engineering team is responsible for delivering the components necessary to build the world’s largest vertical farms. In this role you will be responsible for managing a team of Technical Project Managers who are responsible for acting as project leaders, prioritizing and maintaining schedules, gathering stakeholder information, breaking down work, budgeting, and using a variety of project planning and management tools.This team will work on projects that are based on both internal and external subsystems, as well as external building designs. You will lead the team, manage projects, and lead prioritization and resourcing efforts. You will help define and improve project management on our Engineering team, while collaborating closely with project management leads across the organization. Your ability to work across multiple project teams in various parts of the organization and fit within a larger corporate project management framework and set of processes and tools will be critical. You will be part of a passionate and dynamic team that is developing new technology from the ground up and deploying it at a global scale, all with the goal of making delicious, healthy produce accessible to all.

What you'll do

  • Project manage cross functional teams of Engineers, Supply Chain Managers, external design agents and external consultants to ensure appropriate resource loading for activities in all stages of development according to farm requirements, business Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Research & Development (R&D) resourcing needs
  • Lead complex engineering projects
  • Identify and prioritize opportunities to innovate in our design to drive down costs, shorten project durations and iterate improvements
  • Align with Product Managers to ensure design requirements meet Farm needs to ensure R&D delivery in alignment with Farm Project schedule, understanding that there are Plenty groups, such as the Plenty Product Management and Commercial teams, who will be your ‘customers’
  • Author and maintain risk registers for projects and oversee completion of mitigation strategies for technical and business risk
  • Generate Technical content and run Governance meetings on a regular cadence
  • Prepare content for Board updates as needed
  • Travel up to 25% of the time

What you'll bring to the table

  • 10+ years of demonstrated experience in large scale capital project management ($50-$100M scale a plus) and 4+ years of experience directly leading teams
  • Experience or education equivalent to a B.S. in an Engineering discipline, preferably Mechanical, Electrical, or similar
  • Demonstrated experience improving Project Management capabilities and processes
  • An inspirational leader, you know how to keep your team motivated as deadlines approach
  • Appreciation for the art of managing evolving project requirements in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience using a standard project management and product development processes
  • A highly collaborative mindset and excellent communication skills

Type of role

Full-Time; Hybrid

What we can offer

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • Ensure equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply