Pilot Plant Manager

  • Indigo
  • Boston, MA
  • Dec 17, 2020

Job Description

Indigo is a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. With a vision of creating a world where farming is an economically desirable and accessible profession, Indigo works alongside its growers to apply natural approaches, conserve resources for future generations, and grow healthy food for all. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes to improve crop health and productivity, Indigo’s portfolio is focused on cotton, wheat, corn, soybeans, and rice. The company, founded by Flagship Pioneering, is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil.  www.indigoag.com


The role of the Pilot Plant Manager will be to lead all activities relating to the operation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of Indigo’s brand new, state of the art, solid-state fermentation (SSF) pilot plant located at our main research facility in Charlestown (Boston), Massachusetts. 

The Manager will also be responsible leading all of our SSF scale up activities and production at our contract manufacturers. As we look to expand our pilot capabilities expand in the future, the Manager will lead the effort to develop the preliminary scope and capital cost of these new unit operations. The role will be directly responsible for 2 technicians and report into the VP of Manufacturing.



  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Mechanically-inclined, willing to get hands dirty
  • Ability to interact and influence at all levels of the organization
  • Resourceful / can network with external partners (i.e. contractors, equipment vendors, facility service providers)
  • Service-oriented/ able to work collaboratively with internal and external partners
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, changing priorities and tight timelines
  • Curious, innovative, outside of the box thinker
  • Strong technical expertise, general knowledge of unit-operations and scaling
  • Project management and data analysis skills
  • General knowledge of Q.C./Q.A., KPI, etc.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently



  • 5-7+ years of experience in process development / engineering or production involving fermentation and down stream processing
  • 3-5 years of managing and developing people
  • BS or MS in microbiology, biochemistry, or chemical engineering
  • Experience with OSHA and Lab/Pilot Plant safety
  • Experience working in or running a pilot facility. Plant start up experience is desired.

Organization Type



Food & Agriculture

Drawdown Solutions

Abandoned Farmland Restoration, Plant-Rich Diets, Regenerative Annual Cropping

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