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Senior Controls Engineer

Bowery Farming

Bowery Farming

Software Engineering
nottingham, md, usa
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 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:
Bowery Farming is seeking a Senior Controls Engineer to join our team to support our full-time operations across our various facilities. The Controls Engineer will Report to the Director of Operations Systems Engineering. The responsibilities include PLC programming, SCADA system development, process implementation and optimization, and troubleshooting across multiple systems. The Controls Engineer will be involved with the design, commissioning, ramp-up, and operations of several farms. The Controls Engineer will support Facilities and Maintenance teams in preparing preventative maintenance and standard operating procedures documentation as well as act as a subject matter expert during complex troubleshooting scenarios.

What You'll Do:

  • Focus on the development of standards, standard operating procedures, preventative maintenance documentation, and the execution of research and development (R&D) projects.
  • Develop and execute installation of automated systems at several locations
  • Monitor and improve the systems performance during several phases of production
  • Provide technical root cause analysis on automated systems and prepare potential solutions
  • Travel to existing and future farms to assist with operations and construction/start-up activities. Travel time varies up to 40%Manage vendors across mechanical, electrical and on-call contractors
  • Work cross functionally with multiple teams to build relationships and drive innovation throughout the company.
  • Work across multiple shifts, supporting operations when necessary

Who You Are:

  • Relevant years experience in Engineering (Controls, Automation, Electrical, Manufacturing, Warehouse Management, or Mechanical Automation)
  • Experience leading and managing remote vendor teams
  • Experience managing fast track design/build projects or multiple significant upgrade projects
  • Experience leading Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) of automation equipment
  • Experience developing design documentation (functional specifications, operations manuals, mechanical and electrical schematics)
  • Proven ability to read/write and troubleshoot PLC code (Omron, Allen Bradley, or Siemens) including ladder logic and structured text.
  • Experience with motor control (ATL, Softstarters, and VFDs)
  • Experience installing and programming HMIs (Rockwell, Weintek)
  • Proven experience with hands-on troubleshooting controls related hardware and electrical system
  • Experience with AS/RS systems and other inventory related robotics and automated systems
  • Experience with WES (Warehouse Execution System) working in conjunction with AS/RS systems
  • Experience with installing, developing, and optimizing SCADA systems (Ignition)
  • Understanding of Warehouse Execution / Management / Control Systems
  • Ability to read and write schematics using AutoCAD (3D is nice to have)
  • Strong time management skills with a sense of urgency
  • You’re a team player and work well with others in the face of challenges and a common mission
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize diverse tasks, to hit hard deadlines, and to know when to escalate issues that arise.
  • You thrive in ambiguity and play nice in the sandbox.
  • Safety is your overriding priority and you think safety first in every situation.
  • You possess strong interpersonal skills – seen as a natural team builder

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 and commuter benefits
  • Company stock options so that you can reap the benefits of every Bowery win
  • 401k Program
  • The more balance, the better. We offer unlimited paid vacation, paid holiday - plus 16 weeks of 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 $160,000. 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.