Director of Engineering (Mechanical)

Boston, MA /
Production /
Full Time
/ On-site
Ark Biotech is powering the most important infrastructure buildout of this generation to transform how people consume protein. Ark is a B2B company engineering and designing next-generation production systems for the cultivated meat industry. We are a venture-backed startup driven by a desire to create a better food system for the planet and its inhabitants. At Ark, you will have the opportunity to solve difficult problems that matter and apply cutting-edge engineering and science in an environment that rewards creativity and visionary approaches. 

About the role

Ark is seeking a Director of Engineering with experience in equipment design and production. This leader will play a critical role in establishing Ark as the cutting-edge producer of industrial bioreactors and lead team(s) responsible for design, manufacturing, and rapid prototyping.

You will bring engineering and operations leadership and know-how to Ark’s multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and modelers, helping us to establish a robust design and production process. The Director of Engineering will be a focused, adaptable, creative problem-solver, responsible for executing the planning and processes necessary to support our pilot- and industrial-scale launches (i.e., development, rapid prototyping, fabrication, deployment). 

This role is an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurial, self-motivated engineer who thrives in a fast-paced execution-focused environment, where innovation is expected and rewarded.


    • Full-time, exempt
    • Greater Boston area
    • Occasional travel to vendor / client locations 
    • Benefits include health, dental, and vision coverage, flexible holiday and vacation time, 401k matching, stock options

Key responsibilities

    • Build, scale, and lead an engineering team focused on production of industrial scale equipment
    • Oversee rapid prototyping, mechanics, instrumentation, automation, and integration
    • Oversee supply chain, fabrication, and delivery of Ark's bioreactor products and facilities
    • Build team capable of quickly delivering new, cutting edge products
    • Work closely with OEMs, integrators, fabricators, and other key stakeholders
    • Adhere to the safety and quality standards through product life cycles

About you

    • 7+ years of engineering and operations experience
    • 3+ years of experience managing production processes and teams
    • 3+ years of experience in biotech, pharma, food, or fermentation context preferred
    • Strong business acumen and executive-level planning skills a must
    • Experience working with OEMs and fabricators a plus
    • Excitement to scale new technology from idea to massive scale
    • Knowledge of equipment qualification processes, and various regulations / guidelines and compliance protocols a plus

Ark Biotech is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.