Facilities Manager - Test Site Manager

United States / Various Locations

Position Description

We’re Blue River, a team of innovators driven to radically change agriculture by creating intelligent machinery. We empower our customers – farmers - to implement more sustainable solutions: optimize chemical usage, reimagining routine processes, and improving farming yields year after year. We believe that focusing on the small stuff – pixel-by-pixel and plant-by-plant - leads to big gains. By partnering with John Deere, we are innovating computer vision, machine learning, robotics and product management to solve monumental challenges for our customers.

Our people are at the heart of what we do. Through cross-discipline collaboration, this mission-driven and daring team is eager to define the new frontier of agricultural robotics. We are always asking hard questions, rapidly iterating, and getting our boots in the field to figure it out. We won’t give up until we’ve made a tangible and positive impact on agriculture.


The Blue River Test Site Manager is responsible for overseeing the safe, efficient, and productive utilization of Blue River’s outdoor test site near Gilroy, CA and helping to organize BRT’s activities at Deere’ and other collaborator test sites internationally. This position will have various duties (explained below) across multiple functional areas in the organization including Facilities, Field Engineering, Fleet, and Shipping/Receiving. This position reports to the Head of Field Engineering.

The successful Blue River Test Site Manager is service-oriented, practical, safety-minded, communicative, organized, hands-on, timely, exemplary of the utmost personal and professional integrity, and strives to achieve our mission to create intelligent machinery that solves monumental challenges for our customers.


  • General facility management at Gilroy test site
  • Manage vegetation, driveways, field borders for function and aesthetics
  • Manage on-site office including maintaining supplies inventories, IT issue resolution, and infrastructure improvements
  • Maintain regular communication with landlord, neighbors, and other local stakeholders
  • Coordinate with labor contractors as-needed
  • Facility development-related project management and/or support
  • Plan, oversee and/or support various facility improvement and construction projects
  • Equipment management
  • Oversee fuel service, maintenance service, shipping/receiving, equipment prep, etc.
  • Train and certify operators of on-site equipment for safe equipment operation
  • Maintain fleet of farm equipment, including purchasing and disposing as-needed
  • Ship and receive equipment as-needed, managing purchasing logistics services and related intra-company communications
  • Act as lead safety program owner for Field Engineering department, including operations at all test sites that BRT operates
  • Maintain a safe and secure work environment at Gilroy test site (field, shop, office areas)
  • Monitor activities in the office, shop and field to verify tools, equipment and practices are aligned with safety policies and expectations
  • Product testing and development support
  • Plan, build and maintain site resources for both project and product-specific level tests
  • Ensure adequate tools and supplies are always available
  • Manage access and scheduling of site and site resources
  • Manage full-time on-site Field Mechatronics Engineer at Gilroy
  • Hire and manage seasonal employees as-needed
  • Help to develop and manage a year-round product development outdoor testing access program that includes the Gilroy Test Site and leverages other Deere testing locations


  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Business, or other relevant field preferred.
  • 7+ years’ work experience, including:
  • 2+ years working in a farm or construction environment
  • 2+ years in an agricultural or construction technology and/or machinery related role
  • Capability to set targets, create plans, execute plans and deliver results
  • Capacity to positively interact with varied personality-types, creating trusted professional relationships inside and outside the BRT and Deere organizations
  • Strong ability to communicate, including via email and other electronic messaging tools
  • Exhibit a high level of personal and professional integrity, including able to be effective without constant manager contact and oversight
  • Willing to live and work in the central coast region of California within 30 minutes of the farm
  • Maintains (or willing to get) state pesticide application licenses, safety certifications, and other training related to the role
  • Comfortable with computers and technology


  • Experience managing and coordinating a team of workers
  • Experience with agricultural and construction technology and machinery

Blue River offers competitive compensation and benefits, including a great 401(K) match. We believe in a work life balance and offer generous Paid Time Off and Sick Leave as well as Paid Parental Leave and an adoption benefit. Subsidized lunches, flexible work hours, CalTrain passes (with mobile Wi-Fi!) and a collaborative and supportive environment also contribute to making Blue River a great place to work.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

We support each employee living a full life, enabling a thriving career and accomplishing a meaningful, challenging mission with incredible people.

We have designed our work environment to allow us each to do our work effectively, be our best selves, and be exposed to the unexpected connections and experiences that support creative innovation - all while leaving room for the other things you love.

We have been operating as “mostly remote” during the pandemic. As we transition back to the office, we are introducing our Workplace Flexibility Model. Most roles will be based out of our Sunnyvale office and balance in-office time with flexibility to support other needs you have in your life. This flexibility could be used to reduce the Bay Area commute burden by working from home a couple days a week, support parent or caregiver needs, or allow space for you to do the other things you love, whatever that might be! There are times when achieving great work is more productive when working where you work best. That’s the point of this model...flexibility for you. A few roles will be approved as fully remote. Those are determined by managers and approved by our senior team.

We anticipate following this flexibility model starting mid-July 2021 as we continue to follow local guidelines and protocol around COVID.

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