Engineer Manager: Product Development

Job Title: Engineer Manager: Product Development

Employer: LettUs Grow

Closing Date: 24 January, 2020

Salary: £31,500 - £54,000 dependent upon experience

As engineering manager: product development at LettUs Grow, you will report directly to our CTO. 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 as the company scales. This role is ideal for a diligent, organised, personable applicant who is keen to grow with an impact-led startup. 

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

Salary band: £31,500 – £54,000 dependent upon experience 

Applicaton deadline: January 24th, 2020

Your responsibilities:

  • Manage and play a proactive role in the development of the engineering roadmap, balancing commercial objectives with resources and skills across project teams
  • Lead and mentor a diverse team of product development and design engineers to deliver a variety of engineering projects
  • Interface with other team leaders across the breadth of LettUs Grow to maintain alignment of objectives as the company scales
  • Develop and build a world-class team of engineers to design the farms of the future
  • Oversee and guide product development projects through conceptualisation, design, prototyping and testing
  • Manage programme scopes, schedules and costs
  • Keep an eye on the bigger picture and the company’s future product requirements


Who are you?

  • You’ll be a passionate individual who cares about our environment and wants to be a key player in influencing positive change
  • You’re capable of wearing many hats, juggling multiple tasks at one time
  • You are attentive, can quickly realise when someone needs guidance and support, and you’re quick to provide it
  • You can recognise great work and ensure your team is fed positive feedback when due
  • You find what makes people happy and you support them in fulfilling this both professionally and personally


What you need:

  • A BEng or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline
  • At least 5 years experience as a design engineer, systems engineer or product development engineer
  • At least 3 years experience managing multidisciplinary, industrial product development projects or large scale systems engineering projects
  • 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
  • To use data to inform decision making

Also desirable:

  • A formal project management qualification
  • An electronic or systems engineering background
  • Appreciation of software development processes
  • Experience hiring and building engineering teams
  • Experience in horticulture, food, plant science, plant biology or other related fields
  • Experience in CE certification of multidisciplinary systems/products

The position is full-time, based in central Bristol and will benefit from training and external mentoring. Salary will be competitive to match experience, with the benefit of employee share options scheme. LettUs Grow Ltd is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


About LettUs Grow 

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 all the people that inhabit it. 

At LettUs Grow, we collaborate across teams so you’ll have the opportunity to work with our team of plant scientists and engineers or to speak at public events with our communications team.

You will be working from our open office where hotdesking is 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 in line with our salary framework. 
  • 25 days holiday a year (pro rata, 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.

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