Agronomy Innovation Lead

Aker is a venture-backed precision agricultural startup. We are an innovation leader in evaluating crop health to enable precision farming. Aker believes that in-season crop monitoring is key to optimize inputs, yield and drive profitability. Consequently, Aker is dedicated to building the best in-season agronomic tools and services for the industry.

Aker brings expertise in aerospace, robotics, and computer vision to build a patented drone solution for detecting pests, diseases and fertility issues inside the canopy of crop fields. Your contribution will set the pace to complete a commercial solution and scale a platform to shape the future of precision agriculture by in-season crop management practices.

WHAT YOU’LL DO?

  • Create and analyze farmer-led case studies from existing Aker platform users to support new product development through agronomic and practical advice.
  • Manage and maintain the creation and evolution of Aker’s internal agronomy data assets and machine learning engine.
  • Establish partnerships with ag retailers, farmers, crop consultant networks and research centers to identify practical use cases for Aker’s crop diagnostic to address real-world agronomy problems.
  • Test new products and software in the field and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Benchmark and maintain product performance.
  • Support field deployment for guidance on collection and operational improvements.
  • Support management strategies with new technologies that can become agronomic revenue streams.
  • Contribute to the overall strategy of the company.

WHAT YOU BRING?

  • Minimum BS degree, preferred MS in ag-related subject required
  • 3+ years of experience in ag business
  • Agronomy expertise and demonstrated experience in working with growers in adopting new technology.
  • Ability to distill farm-based problems into new initiatives that farmers will trust.
  • Experience and/or understanding of new product development and launch processes.
  • Able to work independently while committed to team’s objectives.

WHAT WE OFFR

The position is full time with preference in the St. Louis, MO area. Compensation will be based on experience, plus:

  • Flexible PTO
  • Health insurance
  • Udemy subscription to keep advancing your skills

Please send CV to info@aker.ag

Full Stack Developer

Aker is a fast-growing precision agricultural startup. We are an innovation leader in evaluating crop health to enable precision farming. Aker has built its business by getting its boots dirty. Aker believes that deep soil and in-season crop monitoring are key to optimize inputs, yield and drive profitability. Consequently, Aker is dedicated to building the best in-season agronomic tools and services for the industry.

Aker brings expertise in aerospace, robotics, and computer vision to build a patented drone solution for detecting pests, diseases and fertility issues inside the canopy of crop fields. Your contribution will set the pace to build a full commercial offer and scale a platform to shape the future of precision agriculture by in-season crop management practices.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Develop new features, test and deploy web-based software as part of Aker’s digital agriculture platform
  • Analyze new product requirements
  • Integrate new technologies, particularly related to analysis of large data sets, image computation, agriculture IoT sensors, machine learning inference and trend analysis modeling for agriculture.
  • Contribute toward predictable delivery of quality releases
  • Maintain exceptionally high standards of design and code quality

WHAT YOU BRING

  • Minimum three years as a full stack software developer or similar role 
  • Experience in HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • Deep experience in one or more of the following; React, Nodejs, Ruby/Rails
  • Experience with database schema design, SQL and PostGIS.
  • Familiarity with machine learning techniques and computer vision
  • Enthusiastic, fearless and boundary-less with the ability to coach and mentor

WHAT WE OFFER

The position is full time in St. Louis. Compensation will be based on experience, plus:

  • Flexible PTO. We understand sometimes you just need a breather.
  • Health insurance to give you peace of mind.
  • Equipment for all of your needs at the company.
  • Udemy subscription to keep advancing your skills.

Send your CV or questions to dzar@aker.ag

Embedded / Full Stack Developer

WHO WE ARE

Aker is a fast-growing precision agricultural startup. We are an innovation leader in evaluating crop health to enable precision farming. Aker has built its business by getting its boots dirty. Aker believes that deep soil and in-season crop monitoring are key to optimize inputs, yield and drive profitability. Consequently, Aker is dedicated to building the best in-season agronomic tools and services for the industry.

Aker brings expertise in aerospace, robotics, and computer vision to build a patented drone solution for detecting pests, diseases and fertility issues inside the canopy of crop fields. Your contribution will set the pace to build a full commercial offer and scale a platform to shape the future of precision agriculture by in-season crop management practices.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Maintain current Ruby web-app implementation while working to architect and migrate into embedded environment with API
  • Develop and maintain new versions of a patent-pending crop probing device
  • Work as part of a cross-functional, agile project team enabling flight mission and smart drone flight into the canopy of crop fields from requirements definition through to delivery.
  • Analyze drone field performance and diagnostics to conceive new software requirements
  • Contribute toward predictable delivery of quality releases
  • Maintain exceptionally high standards of design and code quality

WHAT YOU BRING

  • Minimum three years as a full stack software developer or similar role 
  • Experience with Ruby, Embedded C/C++, Python, Linux, etc.
  • Experience with database schema design, SQL, etc.
  • Experience with hardware communication protocols: I2C, RS232/TTL Serial, WiFi, cellular, etc.
  • Experience with Amazon EC2 and/or S3 a plus
  • Familiarity with PX4, Arducopter, MAVLink messaging and/or RTOS a plus 
  • Familiarity with AI, image processing and/or object identification a plus
  • Enthusiastic, fearless and boundary-less with the ability to coach and mentor

WHAT WE OFFER

The position is full time with a preference (not required) for candidates based in St. Louis. Compensation will be based on experience

  • Flexible PTO. We understand sometimes you just need a breather.
  • Health insurance to give you peace of mind.
  • Equipment for all of your needs at the company.
  • Udemy subscription to keep advancing your skills.

Send CV along with references to info@aker.ag

Business Development Lead

BACKGROUND

Aker is a fast-growing precision agricultural startup. We are an innovation leader in evaluating crop health to enable precision farming. Aker has built its business by getting its boots dirty. Aker believes that deep soil and in-season crop monitoring are key to optimize inputs, yield and drive profitability. Consequently, Aker is dedicated to building the best in-season agronomic tools and services for the industry.

Aker brings expertise in aerospace, robotics, and computer vision to build a patented drone solution for detecting pests, diseases and fertility issues inside the canopy of crop fields. Your contribution will set the pace to build a full commercial offer and scale a platform to shape the future of precision agriculture by in-season crop management practices.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Enhance the company’s technical vision and work with the CEO to ensure alignment with business objectives and revenue goals
  • Work closely with Sales, Marketing and Product Management to drive product creation and delivery
  • Establish engineering KPIs and ensure high standards and best practices are met
  • Be able to oversee both hardware and software creation for realization of Aker’s complete system architecture
  • Deliver highly scalable software platforms and the hardware infrastructure underlying the delivery of such services
  • Be an inspirational leader; recruit, develop and lead a team of highly talented personnel with a dedication to excellence
  • Develop collegial relationships with key personnel from our existing customers and strategic partners.
  • Prospect and engage new customers and partners!
  • Be involved in exceptional situations that may arise as our internal operations team processes customer service orders.
  • Take responsibility for annual revenue goals, as reasonably established by you and the leadership team.
  • Live the company values and contribute to the overall strategy of the company.

WHAT YOU’LL BRING?

  • Ten years of proven sales success experience with at least five of them in B2B large account sales.
  • An undergraduate degree.
  • Relevant work experience in agriculture is preferred.
  • A driver’s license and willingness to drive in the region to meet customers once every few weeks for a couple of days.
  • Able to work independently regularly, while committed to the team’s objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build strong relationships with channel partners.

WHAT WE OFFER

The position is full time in preference in the St. Louis, MO area. Compensation will be based on experience, plus:

  • Flexible PTO. We understand sometimes you just need a breather.
  • Health insurance to give you peace of mind.
  • Equipment for all of your needs at the company.
  • Udemy subscription to keep advancing your skills.

Send CV along with references to osaez@aker.ag