Director of Engineering (Industrial / Manufacturing), AeroFarms AgX Ltd. (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
As a Certified B Corporation, AeroFarms is a mission-driven indoor vertical farming company transforming agriculture with global headquarters in Newark, NJ.
Recognized by Inc.com as one of the Top 25 Disruptive Companies in the World, AeroFarms is scaling quickly to meet the demand for our fresh, locally grown produce that is setting new culinary standards.
Recently, the company announced it will build a state-of the art research and development (R&D) center in Abu Dhabi to create an in country Agri-Tech ecosystem.
We now look for seasoned professionals to join our Abu Dhabi entity for establishment and growth of our operation in the region.
We have :
An incredible change-the-world’ company with the eyes of the world focused on our success
A team of motivated, intellectually curious and creative individuals to support you
The backing of some seriously impressive firms including Goldman Sachs, IKEA, Prudential and other leading venture funds
Job Description Summary :
This position will report to the General Manager of AeroFarms AgX Ltd. and will lead the Engineering Team at AeroFarms AgX.
The main responsibility is equipment and machines design for our future farms and applications. The Director would identify local and global manufacturers / suppliers, supervise the installation of the systems, and make sure full operability is achieved.
This role is an extension of AeroFarms’ corporate engineering team and there will be a functional relationship and mutual support.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities :
Manages all phases of assigned projects, directing a team of multi-discipline engineers
Partners with multiple internal customers, such as R&D, Software development, and Business Development who are pursuing business opportunities in different fields related to growing plants in controlled environments.
Manage in-house and consulting design teams
Develop and manage project schedule and budget
Prepare reports and correspondence concerning the developments and status of projects
Provide design input on all disciplines including architectural, MEP, structural, acoustics, waterproofing, etc.
Establish design criteria, review design documents, and construction phase review
Contractor selection and management
Recruit, mentor, and develop a team of engineers
Experience with Tender and Bid Packages, Contract Administration and Coordination, Construction Progress, Cost Reports, Permits, Building Codes, etc
Strong track record managing general contractors and subcontractors
Must be team-oriented and be able to lead productive multi-discipline meetings
Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial Engineering
5 years of experience as a Director of Capital Projects
10 years of experience in engineering design projects
Experience in leading a sizable team of multi-disciplinary engineers
Must have prior ground-up / new build experience (Green Field Projects)
Solid proven record of project management success
Excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of design, and construction engineering concepts
Ability to establish timelines and budgets with a proven track record of bringing construction projects in on time and within budget
Extensive experience in cost estimation and negotiating
Proficiency with MS Office, MS Project, Primavera, CAD, SolidWorks, flow charts, purchasing and inventory control, etc.
Ability to multi-task and work with minimal supervision
Position Type / Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position with normal work hours and workdays. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Important Considerations :
This position requires a complete residency in Abu Dhabi, UAE
This position must be accessible during some US work hours for reporting and coordinating