Director of AgTech

Apply before:

ASAP

January 24, 2022

Position:

Director of AgTech

Director of AgTech
Form:

Permanent

Permanent

Do you want to join us as we revolutionize the food industry? Do you want to be a key employee on a young and nimble team on the verge of an epic agtech adventure? Look no further.

OUR MISSION

ONNA is on a mission to build a more resilient and transparent food system. Our vertical farms and controlled environment technology will reduce the environmental burden and negative externalities of food production. In parallel, we seek to increase Nordic food independence in the face of climate change - and disrupt global food production.

Put shortly, vertical farming is an extremely efficient cultivation technology for lettuces and herbs. By growing plants inside, in a fully controlled environment, you can optimize for the ideal combination of climate, lights, nutrition and water. Without the use of pesticides or other pesky chemicals.Our farms are stacked vertically, ensuring a much greater yield per area and the opportunity to produce food closer to urban centres. As a result, ONNA facilitates the consumption of locally produced, nutritious vegetables while simultaneously reducing food waste through the supply chain. Our first farm started operating at the end of 2021, and we plan to expand throughout the Nordics in the coming years.

YOUR MISSION

The Director of AgTech will be responsible for a variety of farm-wide activities:

  • Lead the ONNA Farm#1 Team – consisting of our Growing Teams in Cultivation Rooms, Processing Teams in the Packaging Rooms, and Facility Technician
  • Define ONNA’s Technical Road Map – Together with ONNA Team, identify where we need to be over the coming years;
  • Lead and Select Tech R&D Partners –Maintain and Develop solid relationships with Ag-Tech University, TechStart-Ups, and Tech companies to stay abreast of the developments surrounding our industry;
  • Lead the Technical Design of Future Farms – Lead evaluation, selection and negotiations
  • Lead the Construction, Commissioning, and Transition to Ops of Future Farms – With strong social skills, be a real tech spider in the web of (sub)contractors, tech partners and equipment suppliers;
  • Lead the Automation Transition of Present and Future Farms – be the catalyst to drive and finalize our automatization, AI and robotics opportunities
  • Lead the Selection of Key Equipment – This can be existing Seeders, Transplanters,Harvesters, Packers, to Robots under development focused on Yield Prediction,Early P&D detection, Repetitive Labour Tasks;
  • Be a Key Support in the Selection and Optimization of Farm wide Software – Anything from ERPs, Advanced Labour Tracking, Energy Monitoring, dissecting qualitative and quantitative data to predict things we did not know we needed to know, to understand and suggest the right ML and AI partners to going forward

Your workplace will be at our HQ in Oslo, with frequent time spent at ONNA’s farm in Moss. Some traveling will be required.

Due to the criticality of this role, you will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

WHO ARE YOU?

We are doing something that has never been done before in Norway, and as a result we are weighting mindset and personality equally to previous experience. Our Director of AgTech will be an important contributor to our ambitious scaling goals. We are looking for a persistent doer who charges ahead at a high pace. You have an eye for detail, whilst simultaneously always keeping the big picture strategy in mind. Finally, you are comfortable challenging the status quo.

You have experience from creating and reviewing specifications, scopes of work and system designs, as well as implementing these. You are a pro in excel, structured, and deliver on time without compromising on quality.

Furthermore, we think these qualifications will help you grow and thrive as our Director of AgTech:

  • You have a relevant education, preferably a MSc Physics, Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • You have previously played a key role in implementing Tech, preferably in a scale-up/start-up
  • You are passionate about tech innovation, and willing to challenge existing processes
  • You have documented experience as a leader with responsibility for results
  • Project management background from A to Z, preferably from Software packages for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), Processing Factories or similar
  • You have analytical skills with a strong numerical acumen enabling you to gather, interpret and communicate information effectively
  • You have industry knowledge and keep abreast of industry trends and innovations
  • Fluency in English or Norwegian
  • ONNA’s mission genuinely excites you. You want to work on something meaningful that is aligned with your values

So, if this description resonates with you and you want to be the AgTech magician of our lean, green salad machine, then hit apply!

WHAT CAN WE OFFER YOU?

  • Professional challenges within a high growth technology company
  • An awesome team of inspired and excited colleagues
  • All the salad you can eat
  • Significant room for professional growth and the opportunity to take on loads of responsibility and ownership in a company that is being built from the bottom up
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Convenient location in the heart of Oslo, Aker Brygge
  • Ownership in ONNA’s value creation through participation in our option program

OUR VALUES

  • ONNA is a company for the future
  • We are ambassadors for change
  • Rebellious acts inspire us
  • We work TOGETHER
  • Our products are extremely local – and that is our strength
  • We help people make educated choices
  • We believe, to the very core of our being, in a more sustainable tomorrow 

NEXT STEPS

This is a full-time position, and ONNA is ready for the right candidate to start ASAP.

Please send a convincing cover letter and CV using joinus@onnagreens.no before January 24th 2022.                

We will process applications as we receive them.

Questions? Please contact Head of People Operations, Iselin Tapper (+47 404 84 263).