Senior Project Engineer / Manager


At Air Protein, we’re passionate about creating a new food system–one that pushes the boundaries of what anyone thought was possible and builds a healthy relationship between our food and our planet. This is a new era of sustainable production; we can use less and make more. We can feed the growing global population without destroying rainforests or warming the planet. Join our diverse team of passionate scientists, engineers, and business leaders working to create the future of food—meat made from elements of the air.

As an innovative food company, we are crafting the world’s first air-based meats to eliminate compromise between nutrition, taste and climate impact.  Using novel technology inspired by NASA, we convert elements found in the air into protein. Air Protein’s process is carbon-negative by design, using less land and water, and is powered by renewable energy. It’s where cutting-edge science meets bold ambition to reinvent the way we eat.

Benefits & Perks:

In addition to the chance to work with a world-class team and cutting-edge technology to help combat climate change and address the impending food crisis, Air Protein employees also enjoy competitive benefits. We offer unlimited PTO, parental leave, 401K match, and compensation plans that include employee equity. Air Protein invests in employee development and the company culture is shaped by shared values:

Protect people & the planet

Play as a team and have a growth mindset

Do what you say you will do

Be the change you seek

Create a culture of belonging

We’re currently seeking a Senior Project Engineer / Manager  to join our extraordinary team.

Do you enjoy engineering and scientific principles, and implementing them in real life?

Have you designed, executed, and analyzed pilot and commercial scale engineering projects?

Have you worked in collaboration with a cross-functional team to deliver projects and programs?

Do you have experience with food, pharma or biotech manufacturing processes on pilot and commercial scale?

If you answered yes to these questions, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

The Role:

The Senior Project Engineer is an experienced engineer or related occupation that is responsible for managing engineering projects and programs from concept to completion. This candidate will leverage project engineering principles to facilitate collaboration with the technical team and ensure project deliverables are met. This position will be in the SF/Bay Area and requires candidates to live in commutable distance to our facilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage projects from concept to completion in a timely manner
  • Develop capital proposals for management review and approval through commissioning
  • Prepare and maintain detailed technical documentation such as scope of work (SOW), user requirement specifications (URS), equipment specifications, etc.
  • Facilitate preparation, review, and approval of project documentation such as P&IDs, PFDs, elevation drawings, BIMs, site plans, etc.
  • Coordinate expediting and receiving equipment and material deliveries to the job siteCollaborate with the Process Engineering team to perform selection of contractors/vendors, and supervise them during implementation.
  • Ensure commissioning readiness by performing factory acceptance testing (FAT), on-site equipment receiving and review
  • Assist with commissioning activities and facilitate field fitting where necessary


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or related) or Life Sciences
  • 5+ years of experience in the food, pharma, or biotechnology manufacturing industry
  • 3+ years managing and delivering engineering projects in relevant industries
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams and executing projects from concept to completion
  • Prior food GMP experience in food or biotech
  • Experience commissioning pilot or commercial scale equipment
  • Background in food processing to include sanitary factory/process design

Skills & Qualities:

  • Brings expertise in development of project schedules, cost estimates, PFD's, P&ID's, site and elevation drawings, and utilities requirements
  • Able to translate a project scope into a work breakdown structure

Salary range for this position: $119,000 - $161,000

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Air Protein is an equal opportunity employer.

At Air Protein, we are committed to providing equal opportunities. Because we want the absolute best people, we enthusiastically invite people of every race, color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability – or any other status protected by law – to apply to join our team.

Research has shown that women and people from marginalized groups may not apply for a role if they aren't a 100% match.  Please don't hold back.  If you think you will excel in this role, but perhaps you don’t tick every box, we'd appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

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Air Protein

Turning elements in the air into sustainable protein.

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