Research Manager, Production, Packaging, and Automation, Tampa


The Research Manager for Production, Packaging, and Automation will research, develop, and procure industry-leading, reliable, high quality production, packaging, and automation equipment and processes for deployment across multiple Surterra operational functions, with a focus on Surterra’s product production and packaging functions.


  • Production, Packaging, and Automation Innovation
  • Research industry-leading, high-quality, production, packaging, filling/capping, and other automation solutions
  • Work with industry partners to develop and implement leading automation technologies for implementation across Surterra’s operational processes
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of current and forthcoming industry solutions, competitive approaches, and potential business development opportunities
  • Perform testing and due diligence on potential solutions and vendors to determine optimal equipment and processes for Surterra’s operations
  • Provide advice and guidance on potential buy/build/partner decisions with respect to automation solutions across all aspects of Surterra’s production operations
  • Production Process Automation and Quality
  • Determine best automation equipment, packaging line design, processes, and Standard Operating Procedures for Surterra’s ongoing operational processes
  • Create and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for use by Surterra’s operations personnel and for submission to regulatory authorities
  • Develop and, if needed, provide training on Standard Operating Procedures
  • Develop quality management processes with respect to Surterra’s automation processes and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Build effective partnerships with appropriate Surterra personnel to help drive the business toward achieving company objectives
  • Comply with Surterra’s current policies and procedures and applicable state and local laws.
  • Additional duties as required


  • 5+ years of experience in robotics, automation, mechanical engineering, process automation, quality systems management, and/or packaging processes
  • Experience in packaging processes and automation in the cannabis industry, nutraceuticals, food and beverages, or pharmaceuticals is preferred
  • Experience with cGMP is preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing, and challenging environment
  • Analytically and communicatively intelligent
  • Focuses simultaneously on short- and long-term goals; ability to identify problems quickly
  • Knowledge of customer service, inventory management (including software) and regulatory compliance
  • Accurate data-entry and record keeping
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational skills and time management abilities
  • Ability to pass a background check, including drug testing, to be registered as an employee of a licensed organization in Florida, Texas, and/or other Surterra geographies
  • Comfort with security protocols, including video monitoring and employee tracking
  • An ability to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred


  • The ability to stand for up to 8 or more hours per day
  • The ability to lift 20-50 pounds as needed
  • The ability to perform various physical activities, including lifting, standing, and squatting

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