Associate Production Engineer at Imperfect Produce
San Francisco, CA, US
About Imperfect
Imperfect is a produce delivery startup on a mission to reduce food waste and to make fresh produce more affordable, accessible, and convenient. We source produce directly from farms, which would otherwise go to waste, and deliver it to customers' doors for an average of 30% less than grocery store prices. Since our start in 2015, our customers have saved millions of pounds of produce from going to waste.
Imperfect is more than just a produce box! In everything we do, we bring an appetite, lead with heart, embrace imperfection, and work to grow the movement. We aim to cultivate sustainable environments everywhere we go–whether in the office, warehouse, or field. By working at Imperfect, you’re helping build a more sustainable and effective food system. You’re helping fight food waste. You’re ensuring farmers are rewarded for their full harvest. You’re improving access to healthy food in food deserts. With each curvy cucumber and misshapen potato, you’re helping shape our world for the better.
We're headquartered in San Francisco with operations in each of our cities: the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Austin and Baltimore.
We're looking for folks who are positive, motivated, and ready to change the world. If that sounds like you, drop us a line!
About the Role:
The Associate Production Engineer is responsible for driving projects from beginning
stages to completion while having a significant impact on business needs. As an associate
engineer you will be responsible for driving process improvement initiatives around the
business operations in the warehouse and/or distribution while maintaining high levels
quality, safety, employee’s moral, cost and production in the forefront. As we launch new
markets and experiment operationally, the Engineer ensures we continue to delight our
customers and improve our unit economics by collecting, documenting, and instilling best
practices across the company. The role is part process design, part project management,
and part hands-on implementation. Regular travel to Imperfect facilities in each of our
markets and work with local Operations teams is required.


    • Works with cross functional teams to support the launch of new projects and line expansions team
    • Maintain a thorough understanding of our Warehouse and Delivery Operations inside and out
    • Recommends and implements improvements or modifications in sequence of operations, equipment utilization, and related matters
    • Determines appropriate skills necessary for equipment/process operability and establishing training requirements
    • Analyze data, use of basic statistical tools, and use value stream mapping to gain a deeper understanding of processes and identify strategic improvement opportunities
    • Use basic Lean Principles to develop process improvement initiatives
    • Create documentation for training materials such as checklists, standard work, and
    • standard operating procedures
    • Communicates plans and other agreements to stakeholders for alignment while listening to feedback and making modifications if appropriate
    • Work alongside the Operations Management team in each market to research and drive continuous improvement projects in the warehouse and delivery network
    • Must maintain satisfactory attendance, to include timeliness

Skills and Qualifications:

    • One-to-three years of hands-on experience in a manufacturing or warehouse and /
    • or delivery operations environment
    • Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, project management or equivalent experience
    • Working knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and practices
    • Ability to collaborate and work cross-functionally with a variety of teams including Operations, HR, Supply, Innovation, Customer Care, and Marketing
    • Demonstrated experience recognizing and identifying root causes for subtle differences in processes and data sets
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • A self-starter attitude and an ability to attack problems with minimal direction
    • Experiencing using G Suite and Microsoft Office Applications, and project management software such as Asana
    • Skilled in the use of MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint at an Intermediate level
    • Skilled in learning new concepts quickly

About You:

    • Energetic and excited about our mission, vision and values
    • Experience working in a fast-paced environment, ideally in a venture-backed growth-stage start-up
    • Extremely thorough communicator; does not lead by fiat, but rather helps peers and teams understand the “why” behind actions

Details of the Position:

    • This position reports to the Director of Continuous Improvement in San Francisco
    • Full-time exempt position
    • Compensation and stock options commensurate with experience
    • We also provide generous benefits including health care, vacation days, and free produce!
    • Evening, weekend, and holiday work required on an as-needed basis
    • Up to 50% travel expected

Physical Requirements:

    • Sedentary work; predominantly involves sitting most of the time
    • Standing desks and / or other ergonomic accommodation is available upon request
    • Walking, climbing stairs, and standing are required only occasionally
    • Regular work with computers, including keyboards, mouses, and screens; regular use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets also required
    • Able to work at cold temperatures in a refrigerated environment
    • Ability to walk, bend, squat, climb, reach, and kneel
    • Ability to lift/push/pull up to 75 pounds
Individuals seeking employment at Imperfect Produce are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.