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Maintenance Technician



Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

About us

Vow is a food company - a very different one. We’re creating real meat products from animal cells instead of the animal itself.

We’re bringing together cutting edge innovations in science, engineering, culinary and design to make sustainable food that’s both irresistible and available to billions of people worldwide.

The role:

Do you thrive on ensuring things run smoothly and efficiently? Like variety? Do you enjoy ensuring that everything runs like a well-oiled machine? Well we might just have the role for you.

Vow is looking for a dedicated Maintenance Technician to join our Facilities team. You'll be instrumental in keeping our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment operational, safe, and ready to meet the needs of our evolving food production processes.

In this hands-on role you will get to work closely with a variety of equipment, from steam boilers and air compressors to bioreactors and HVAC systems. You’ll tackle both planned and unplanned maintenance to ensure everything runs like clockwork. You will work with Vowzers across all different teams and be known as the go to person for getting things done.

The experience/skills you will bring:

  • 1-5 years of experience in a maintenance technician role or as a tradesperson
  • Experience working with or troubleshooting custom equipment
  • Experience with a CMMS (computerised maintenance management system) is desirable but not essential
  • Exposure to food manufacturing and HACCP/GMP requirements is a highly desirable plus

You will:

  • Conduct both planned and unplanned maintenance on a wide range of equipment, ensuring timely and efficient operations
  • Document all maintenance activities using our maintenance management systems and create new work orders on-the-fly as needed
  • Write SOPs and work instructions for equipment maintenance to ensure consistent and safe practices
  • Perform general repairs and installations of factory and facility equipment, including ad-hoc installations or relocations
  • Maintain tidy and functional workshop spaces in compliance with food safety and HACCP requirements
  • Participate in regular internal and external food safety audits and complete any assigned action items
  • Contribute to the continual improvement of internal systems and processes
  • Participate in team-based responsibilities such as cleaning rosters and stock-take activities
  • Adhere to all food-safety regulations and policies to ensure our processes and products remain food-safe
  • Be part of an on-call roster for out-of-hours emergency responses

What success looks like:

First Month: You will get oriented with our most important systems and equipment across our sites. You’ll start taking on responsibilities integral to the smooth running of our operations and begin performing planned and unplanned maintenance on a broad range of equipment.

First Three Months: You will have become known as the person who gets stuff done fast. You will be a critical contributor to our HACCP/GMP compliance requirements, making a real impact on the safety and efficiency of our operations. You will challenge existing processes and drive forward improvements.

First Year: You will become an expert user of our systems, potentially building and implementing new ones. You'll have numerous examples of how you've meaningfully and tangibly improved various parts of Vow.

Who we are and why join:

  • We are building a diverse, mission-led dream team of “Vowzers.” Our mission is to make food products for everyone. To do that well we need a workforce that’s representative of the people we serve. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view - so we’re building a culture to match. Be yourself and come as you are.
  • Work on cutting-edge technology. We’re bringing together cutting-edge innovations in science, engineering, and food, to recreate the world’s most tantalising and unique culinary experiences. All without compromising on ethics or our planet along the way. Since our inception in 2019, we have held the title of being the first startup to cultivate meat from the cells of an undomesticated animal, and have served up our exotic meats ranging from kangaroo dumplings to alpaca sliders in tastings with world-renowned chefs.
  • Work with and learn from the best. Our team includes some of the world’s top scientists, innovators, operators, and creatives with decades of industry experience. Despite our experiences though, we all strive to build, break, learn, and repeat. We see the impossible as temporary and strive to learn and support our company and fellow Vowzers' growth as much as possible.
  • We’re fully funded and ready to go. We are a growing Aussie biotech start-up backed by Blackbird Ventures, Square Peg Capital, Grok Ventures, Tenacious Ventures, P7 Ventures, Toyota Ventures, and PeakBridge VC.

Vow perks and benefits:

  • Everyone is an owner. In addition to competitive base salaries, each and every ‘Vowzer’ owns equity in the company so we can all benefit from our hard work and future success.
  • Generous paid parental leave. We offer 8 weeks of paid caregiver leave and an additional 8 weeks paid leave for the birth giver.
  • Generous relocation budget & support. Support for interstate or overseas team members and their families (including pets!)
  • Flexible working hours and location. We value work-life balance. While we’re mostly back in the office, you’re free to choose the best way for you to work.
  • Unlimited personal leave. At Vow we recognise that sometimes you need time off to recuperate, look after your mental health, or simply deal with an emergency. We put unlimited personal leave in place to empower you to truly bring your best self to work every single day and you are always paid for days taken off as personal leave.
  • Heaps of tasty samples from our culinary centre. Our fantastic "food inventors" on the Vow team are always cooking up new product prototypes, and all Vowzers are given the opportunity to taste, give feedback, and learn from their culinary prowess.
  • An awesome converted warehouse “campus” in Alexandria. Complete with a glass-walled lab, manufacturing line, free snacks, a culinary centre, and professional-grade coffee machine in our cafe, as well as a DIY workshop for all hands-on projects.
  • Human and dog friendly office! An inclusive community and culture, in a welcoming office, complete with friendly “Vowzer” dogs!
  • A variety of social clubs. We encourage all our Vowzers to build the culture with us and share what you love by creating social clubs across the business. From book clubs to hiking groups, we’re always looking for ways to learn and engage with our team.