Senior Food Equipment Engineer

Somerville, MA

Overview 

Are you looking to make a difference in the world? Tender is revolutionizing the food industry by solving a major global challenge: how to make meat production ethical and sustainable. Going beyond the existing plant-based burgers, we are developing alternative meat whole-cuts – think steaks and chicken breasts – using innovations in manufacturing, materials science, and biotechnology. This will transform how the world consumes meat and protein. Spun out of Harvard University and the Wyss Institute in 2020, Tender is actively recruiting our core technical team. 


We are hiring a Senior Food Equipment Engineer to design and build our next generation food manufacturing systems. Upon joining, you will work closely with our CTO, Engineering team, and Director of Food Innovation to scale R&D discoveries into novel food processing equipment and automated production lines. You will develop food safe equipment for our very first set of product launches while laying the groundwork for future scale-up. Success of this role will be measured by how many cows, pigs or chickens can be replaced with our product.   

 

About You 

  • You have 5+ years of experience in food equipment devlopment or mechanical engineering 

  • You are fluent in AutoCad and Solidworks, and have experience working with 3D printing, CNC machining/tooling, injection molding.  

  • You are capable of integrating multiple components through coding, wiring,  

  • Bonus: You have experience in process engineering, food automation, or food processing 

  • You have strong organizational skills and demonstrated experience prioritizing multiple deliverables.  

  • You have a strong attention to detail and can spot what others have missed. 

  • You are excited about joining an early-stage food technology startup, where you will have an ambiguous, dynamic role and will work autonomously on high-impact projects. 

  • You have a passion to change the world for the better. You are not just looking to cash a paycheck – what you do for work matters to you deeply. 

 

Responsibilities 

  • You’ll partner with our Food Innovation and Materials Development teams to design and build novel and scalable food manufacturing equipment. 

  • You’ll be responsible for designing food equipment that will provide the next generation of plant-based meat, starting from conceptual drawing to CAD drawings, to in-house prototype, to high-throughput and automated platforms.  

  • You’ll work internally and externally to manufacture custom food manufacturing components, ensuring compliance with food safety and FDA regulations. 

  • You’ll ensure the development of production lines from the installation and maintenance of equipment to writing and validating machine code.  

  • Youll run scale up experiments on novel food manufacturing equipment. 

  • You’ll establish OKRs, KPIs, and systems to track our scale up production rates while measuring them against industry standards 

  • You’ll help define a roadmap for future 10x and 100x scale-up plans for national launches. 

  • You’ll routinely communicate with our team members, strategic partners, manufacturers, and industry experts to improve our systems.  

 

Why work with us?  

At Tender, we are deeply committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion. Our goal is to create an environment and company culture where people from all walks of life can come together in an inclusive manner and be an amazing force for good! 

  • You’ll get to join us on our mission to radically transform the meat industry – one of the most polluting industries on our planet.  

  • You’ll get to work with a diverse group of people that cares deeply about what we are trying to solve.    

  • You’ll have ownership over what you do and how you do it.  

  • You’ll join a really fun, interesting and dynamic place to work!  

  • You’ll join a young startup that is experiencing very rapid growth!  

 

Benefits to you: 

  • Employee Incentive Stock Option Plan 

  • 401k 

  • Paid Parental, Family & Medical Leave 

  • Unlimited PTO 

  • Health & Wellness Stipend 

  • Prescription Lab Glasses 

  • Generous Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits Package