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Job Title: Manager, Maintenance and Facilities
Location: Hopewell, Virginia, VA United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 06/13/2024
Expire Date: 08/13/2024
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing
Job Description
Manager, Maintenance and Facilities
About Plenty
Plenty is on a mission to make fresh and clean 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 Manager, Maintenance and Facilities to join our Farm Operations leadership team. Your skills and training will be applied to a new and innovative indoor vertical farming environment growing and harvesting strawberries! This is a full-time, onsite role in our Chester, VA location.

Our maintenance team troubleshoots, maintains, and continually improves our Industrial Automation equipment in our farm facilities, This role ensures our farms are always operating and performing at their best. In this role, you will own and lead the stability, improvement, maintenance, and performance functions of our automated systems and office facility. You will manage facilities, tool productivity, maintenance and conduct data analysis to improve processes, and manage quality measurement for their tools/process. You will drive continuous improvement to meet the requirements of the manufacturing ramp.

What you'll do
Lead a proactive predictive maintenance program and CMMS
Drive PM and Work Order completion rate that deliver in business expectations
Collaborate with Production Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Process Engineering, Maintenance and other cross-functional teams as the expert to ensure production lines run in a safe, efficient manner producing high quality product
Manage the day to day operations of the Maintenance Team
Lead equipment upgrades with a focus on serviceability, reliability, food safety/sanitation, and process capability
Become subject matter expert to execute equipment-related process improvement including detailed troubleshooting and root cause analysis
Work with the Operations Training Manager to build training material
Develop maintenance routines, service bulletins, and documentation related to cradle to grave equipment life cycle management
Identify equipment critical spare parts and ensure sufficient coverage to prevent extended downtime situations
Provide hands-on support and guidance to the Maintenance Team to troubleshoot and resolve extended downtime situations
Maintain Preventative Maintenance logs to support food safety certification
Others duties as assigned - we’re a growing scale-up so you never know what you might get the opportunity to work on as we grow
What you'll bring to the table
Education or experience equivalent to B.S. in Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Computer Engineering or equivalent time in Maintenance Leadership roles
7+ years of progressive experience working on a maintenance team supporting automated production lines
Experience leading technicians or other technical resources
Demonstrated track record of creating processes from scratch and improving existing processes within a Maintenance department
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Ability to meet tight timelines and solve issues in collaboration with others
Experience with PLC navigation
Willing to work days, afternoons, nights and weekends as determined by project needs
Ability to push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds
Ability to stand for long periods of time
Ability to work in produce freezer environments - as low as 32 degrees
Ability to work at heights up to 40 feet
Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus
Type of role
Full-Time / Onsite

What we can offer
Compensation: we’ll pay you a competitive salary on a biweekly basis, 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, along with support for your mental health through Spring Health and financial wellness through LearnLux. Plus pet insurance for your furry family members!
Food: in-office 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 LinkedIn Learning, team lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
Equipment: we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your home internet and phone bills 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 vacation days you can take off per year + offer 6 days of paid sick leave per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
Parental leave: 12 weeks off for all eligible new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest additi
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