Agricultural Engineer

Job Title
Agricultural Engineer
Job ID
Agricultural Engineer

In this position, you will provide leadership and oversight during the engineering, research, and implementation phases of greenhouse system improvements and startup projects. Our client has several production sites, but this role will need to be commutable to their research center outside of Wilmington, OH. Relocation is offered. A background with aquaponics or hydroponics is very helpful.

Location: Hybrid role. This role must be Ohio based, commutable to Wilmington, OH and able to travel up to 50% to other greenhouse sites.  

Job Responsibilities:
  • Manage multiple projects supporting the engineering and the planning phases and leading the implementation phase for assigned projects
  • Assist is the design of water technical systems for testing and implementation
  • Manage the design and installation/modification of the systems including equipment, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical infrastructure
  • Manage the procurement of equipment, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical infrastructure, manage the procurement of equipment necessary to operate the system, and is responsible to start up and commission new systems according to schedule milestones
  • Closeout of projects include managing the turnover to operations of a high quality, reliable, and cost-effective systems
  • Oversee the costs and schedule for the project and will drive recommendations for improving the engineering, installation, and operations of proposed or existing systems
  • Partners with cross-functional team members (internal and external) and senior leadership to identify and pursue improvements for the systems meeting positive ROI, supports the group with development of best-in-class project management processes, and seeks out opportunities to help develop business
  • Manage greenhouse system improvement projects during the engineering, procurement, and construction phases through the transition to operations to ensure that safety, quality, cost and scheduled goals are met
  • Lead a team of internal and external professionals who provide technical expertise and support through design, construction, commission, and turnover to operations
  • Build and lead a project team comprised of key equipment vendors, contractors, and engineers to ensure a collaborative team atmosphere and common mission for the project
  • Provide for an efficient turnover the completed project to operations
  • Develop, negotiate, and manage engineering and construction contracts, including clearly defining scope, schedule, and cost management requirements
  • Complete all necessary purchasing processes including bid document preparation and management of the bidding process, issuance of purchase orders, and tracking of costs throughout execution of contracts
  • Ensure that the technical and quality requirements of the facilities are met
  • Develop a team safety awareness culture on assigned projects from the design phase through construction and into operations
  • Assist with technical due diligence in conjunction with operational issues as requested
  • Facilitate effective feedback to internal and external resources to identify efficiencies and improvements in project quality, reliability, costs, schedule, or other parameters that enhance company’s initiatives
  • Ensures all relevant internal controls are followed and recommend new controls as needed
  • Maintain a keen focus on identifying and recommending CI initiatives aimed at delivering projects more efficiently in terms of time, cost, quality and safety. The goal is to develop a project execution platform that is best in class.

Required Skills/Qualifications:  
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, project management or the equivalent combination of education & experience.
  • 5+ years’ experience in greenhouse systems engineering and installation, startup and commissioning of equipment, project management within construction, agriculture, energy, or related industries
  • All new hires must be fully vaccinated against COVID- 19 by their start date
  • 3+ years’ experience in aquaponics, water treatments, or hydroponic systems
  • 5+ years’ experience with creating system and equipment specifications
  • Experience in design, installation, and commissioning of greenhouse equipment and systems. Understand/experience in agriculture industry as it relates to hydroponics and greenhouse growing operations
  • Able to travel up to 50%  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and can create documents such as SOPs, safety rules, label mixing instructions
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Exhibit leadership skills, lead by example – set the highest possible standards for quality, efficiency, productivity, and behavior
  • Detail oriented and data driven
  • Ability to analyze project risks and proactively identify solutions with a flexible, creative, and solution-focused outlook on problem solving
  • Possess strong prioritization and multitasking skills with the ability to operate in a complex, rapidly changing business environment with typically tight schedules and demanding targets
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook, Access and PowerPoint
  • Self-starter and have the ability to manage multiple projects efficiently
  • Ability to take calculated risks and be able/willing to recognize and react as necessary when tactics are not working
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing business needs

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