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Operations Manager

Bowery Farming

Bowery Farming

nottingham, md, usa
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024
At Bowery, we’re making wildly delicious food more accessible to everyone. Driven by our proprietary end-to-end technology, our farms are transforming the entire fresh food supply chain to be simpler, safer, and vastly more sustainable.
We have 5 farms in operation (including state-of-the-art R&D and innovation farms) and we’re just getting started. We’re backed by tech and agriculture industry leaders with $647M in equity and debt capital, and our products are sold in over 1,400 locations.
Working at Bowery is more than just a job. It’s a chance to make a global impact with first-of-its-kind technology and ridiculously good food. We’re always looking for passionate minds to grow (and eat) with us! Ready to make a real difference? Join us. We’d love to have you here.
P.s. Check out The Roots: Bowery Farming's People Podcast for all things Bowery culture, teams, leadership, and karaoke (yes, karaoke)
About the Role:
We are seeking an Operations Manager who will be responsible for all operational KPIs, execution of standards, etc. of our seed to pack process. The Ops Manager will own all elements of either the Process or Pack side of daily operations in our indoor farms. Reporting to the Plant Manager, you will be responsible for leading, developing, and engaging a cohort of Team Leads, Machine Operators and Farmers in the operation and execution of daily tasks. To achieve this, Operations Managers are problem solvers who are able to interpret data, and deliver business results. They are self-starters, able to identify issues and implement solutions to correct those items. They are technically well-versed, able to understand automation and robotics controls on a high level and make decisions relative to meeting business goals in a timely fashion. 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.

What You'll Do:

  • Supervise a team of hourly farmers, machine operators and team leads in the execution of critical activities within the seed to pack lifecycle of Bowery’s products
  • Coach and develop Team Leads in their role managing hourly team members
  • Onboard and train new hires in Bowery’s policies, procedures and standards
  • Maintain annual and operational training documentation for all team members on your shift
  • Maintain overall responsibility for the performance of the shift, ensuring adherence to task requirements and overseeing the fulfillment of all orders on time, and in full
  • Ensure all required KPIs are met regarding goals on safety, production, quality, and costs.
  • Own SOP compliance; enforce consistent adherence to policies, procedures and expectations
  • Plan shift and work schedules for all production staff to ensure high efficiency & quality
  • Maintain production areas to ensure compliance with company quality, sanitation, and Food Safety standards
  • Identify and implement methods and practices to achieve operational improvements in efficiency, quality, delivery, and operating profits
  • Collect & analyze data in order to proactively identify production issues and develop plans and projects to resolve existing issues
  • Ensure equipment is maintained in line with expectations; ensure compliance to preventative maintenance schedule and the timely completion of work orders in partnership with the farm’s maintenance team and support groups in tech, controls and engineering
  • Provide a safe working environment by maintaining quality equipment and enforcing adherence to developed work practices
  • Ensure employees have the right tools, 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
  • Collaborate with leaders across Bowery in tech, engineering, supply chain, commercial and other disciplines to identify and understand operational opportunities for improvement

Who You Are:

  • You have multiple years of experience in a leadership role in a related field
  • You have experience in manufacturing operations or engineering roles with demonstrated ability to lead teams & lead change
  • You have a strong knowledge of warehouse management systems
  • You understand continuous improvement methodologies, up to and including Lean & Six Sigma process improvement techniques
  • You have experience managing an OSHA compliance program
  • You understand how to drive a culture of learning and development in a fast-paced environment
  • You possess excellent analytical, problem-solving, and management skills
  • You are capable of mentoring and coaching a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • You have the ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • You demonstrate excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
  • You are detail & process orientated
  • You have experience with farming and growing operations; food safety and production is a plus
  • You are willing and able to cover weekend needs at the farm, balanced with other members of the leadership team

Benefits As Good As our Greens:

  • To support you and your family, we offer health, dental, and vision insurance; mental health resources; family forming support; long-term and short-term disability insurance; FSA; HSA; commuter benefits and gym reimbursement
  • 401k retirement plan and company stock options, so you can reap the benefits of every Bowery win
  • The more balance, the better. We offer unlimited paid vacation, paid holiday - plus 16 weeks paid parental leave so you can focus on what matters most
  • From internal mobility to a mentorship program and curated L&D initiatives, we are fully invested in your growth
Our commitment to eliminating bias and ensuring pay equity goes beyond pay transparency. Click here ( to learn more about how compensation works at Bowery, how we came up with the salary on this job posting, and what we’re doing to ensure your compensation is internally and externally equitable.
The salary for this role will be $125,000. If this role is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply no matter what so we can see your profile and background. You can trust us to make a leveling assessment based on your unique skills and experience and communicate that with you.
Bowery is an equal opportunity employer - a place that celebrates unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures that will enrich the workplace. We are attempting to redefine what a sustainable agricultural supply chain can look like. We cannot achieve this mission without a team that reflects the diversity of people who want fresh, locally grown food in regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, national origin, religion, family status, disability, military status, and experience. We strongly encourage people from marginalized communities to apply to join our team.