Engineering Manager

Employer: LettUs Grow
Job location
Bristol
Job salary
Dependent on experience
Job term
Full-time permanent
Job closing date

As an Engineering Manager at LettUs Grow, you will report directly to our Chief Technical Officer. In your role, you will be responsible for the management and development of the hardware engineering team. 

LettUs Grow is a fast-paced and agile start-up based in the heart of Bristol. We design technology for indoor farms with the mission to reduce the waste and carbon footprint of fresh produce by enabling anyone, anywhere, to grow nutritious produce near its point of consumption. 

We’ve developed innovative software and hardware solutions that combine efficient aeroponic technology with data collection, automation and operational insights for the farmers and growers of the future. Our driven and friendly team is scaling quickly to meet the growing demand for this trailblazing technology. 

Everything we do is impact-driven. We want to make a substantial positive change, not just through our products, but also in how we operate as a team. We are ambitious, responsible and caring, and bring these core-values into everything we do. This is clear in the way we approach challenges: we’re ambitious enough to run into a fair few, responsible enough to address them with innovative solutions and caring in our approach to solving them as a team, for the good of our planet and the people that inhabit it. 

At LettUs Grow, we collaborate across teams so as Engineering Manager you’ll have the opportunity to work with our team of software developers and plant scientist or to speak at public events with our communications team.

You will be working from our open office where hotdeskingis encouraged, within our world-class horticultural research facility and/or in our engineering workshops and production areas. 

At LettUs Grow we offer:

  • Flexible working hours. Whether your child's ill, you're waiting for a package or you have some deep-focussed work to do, we all need some time away from the office. 

  • A living wage with regular salary reviews in line with our salary framework, to ensure we recognise and reward talent while offering equal pay for equal work. 

  • 25 days holiday a year (plus UK public holidays), and we encourage you to use them all up! If you don't, you can carry some over into next year. 

  • Training and professional development: training courses, resources and conferences that help you learn and grow in your role and for your future.

  • A team of ambitious, open and impact-driven employees.

  • An inviting office atmosphere complete with skill-sharing workshops and a ping-pong table.

  • The best coffee in town. We keep our team well fuelled with top notch coffee from a local supplier.

  • Bike repair station. Everything you need to keep you on the road from tools and parts to spare lights and a lock.

Want to know more about what it’s like to work at LettUs Grow? Visit our careers page to hear from some of our current staff. 

Role description:

As an Engineering Manager at LettUs Grow, you will report directly to our Chief Technical Officer. In your role, you will be responsible for the management and development of the hardware engineering team. 

You can expect to be delegated responsibility at an early stage and will have a real opportunity to progress quickly as the company scales. This role is ideal for a diligent, personable applicant who is keen to grow with an impact-led startup. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our diverse team of horticulturists, growers, engineers, marketers and operational experts, to design and build the next generation of indoor farming technology together.

Your responsibilities:

  • Lead and mentor a diverse team of hardware engineers to deliver a variety of engineering projects.

  • Develop and build a world-class team of engineers to design the farms of the future.

  • Develop and manage the engineering road-map, balancing commercial objectives with resources and skills across project teams.

  • Oversee engineering projects through conceptualisation, design, prototyping and testing.

  • Manage programme scope, schedule and cost.

What you need:

  • Experience managing multidisciplinary engineering project teams.

  • Experience designing industrial equipment, engineering plant or horticultural products/systems.

  • The ability to work cross-functionally and in multidisciplinary teams.

  • A highly collaborative mindset and strong communication skills.

  • The ability to communicate technical requirements and challenges clearly to non-experts.

  • A degree in an engineering discipline or another equivalent subject.

Also desirable:

  • A formal project management qualification.

  • Appreciation of software development processes.

  • Experience hiring and building engineering teams.

  • Bonus: Experience in horticulture, food, plant science, plant biology or other related fields.

The position is full-time, is based in central Bristol and will benefit from training and external mentoring. Salary will be competitive to match experience, with the benefit of participating in an established employee share options scheme. We encourage a good work-life balance, with flexible working hours and 25 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays). LettUs Grow Ltd is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application process: Please send your CV to careers@lettusgrow.org before the deadline. Applications will be reviewed internally. Successful applicants will be contacted soon after to arrange an interview.

Closing date: 26/08/2019