Retail Merchandise Planner

Cresco Labs

Chicago, IL, USA

Full time

Aug 1

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Recently named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 100 Cannabis Leaders, Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States. Cresco is built to become the most important company in the cannabis industry by combining the most strategic geographic footprint with one of the leading distribution platforms in North America. Employing a consumer-packaged goods (“CPG”) approach to cannabis, Cresco’s house of brands is designed to meet the needs of all consumer segments and includes some of the most recognized and trusted national brands including Cresco, Remedi and Mindy’s, a line of edibles created by James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal. Sunnyside*, Cresco’s national dispensary brand is a wellness-focused retailer designed to build trust, education and convenience for both existing and new cannabis consumers. Recognizing that the cannabis industry is poised to become one of the leading job creators in the country, Cresco has launched the industry’s first national comprehensive Social Equity and Educational Development (SEED) initiative designed to ensure that all members of society have the skills, knowledge and opportunity to work in and own businesses in the cannabis industry. 


At Cresco, we aim to lead the nation’s cannabis industry with a focus on regulatory compliance, product consistency, and customer satisfaction. Our operations bring legitimacy to the cannabis industry by acting with the highest level of integrity, strictly adhering to regulations, and promoting the clinical efficacy of cannabis. As Cresco grows, we will operate with the same level of professionalism and precision in each new market we move in to.

JOB SUMMARYAs a key member of Sunnyside Retail team, the Merchandise Planner will be responsible for creating and managing the overall inventory planning process for a region of Sunnyside states, ensuring we maximize sales opportunities, optimize inventory levels, and exceed company profitability objectives. You will work closest with our Retail Buyers, but as well with cross-functional partners such as S&OP, Marketing, and Analytics to determine the replenishment needs from 3rd party and inter-company transfers.


Quantify the Revenue, Unit, & Margin impact of new products, promotional, and assortment changes to Store / PPG; work collaboratively with Demand Planning to incorporate into Plan

Proactively manages store-specific inventory management-related promotions such as aged/expiring products and slow movers

Provides consultative guidance to Buyers on when & how much to buy of within Product Group

Leveraging demand plan & suite of BI inventory management tools, coordinate with S&OP and Wholesale on replenishment of 1st party/own brand within Sunnyside stores

Develop high level inventory classification frameworks (such as ABC) to assess which manufacturers and brands to invest vs divest, and further which SKUs to carry/avoid within each State/Category

Provide fiscal control of inventory management KPIs, margin management, manufacturer credits/rebates, out-of-stock rates, revenue impact to identify risk and opportunities by PPG

Determine the right store SKU count and level of variety needed by Planning Product Group

Lead merchandise analysis for quarterly performance reviews with cultivars/manufacturers on what’s working / not working


3+ years experience in retail buying, merchandising, or planning

Bachelor's Degree in Relevant Field preferred, but not required         

Proficiency within Microsoft Excel required; Tableau &/or SQL a plus

Strong organizational and time management skills; able to handle multiple priorities

Possesses an attention for detail, critical & analytical thinking, and problem solving

Strong ability to analyze data and work with incomplete information

Ability to work in a collaborative and cross-functional team environment

Strong work ethic and able to function independently


Must be 21 years of age or older to apply

Must comply with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry 

Cresco Labs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

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Cresco Labs

Normalize and professionalize cannabis and educate consumers to eliminate the social stigmas associated with cannabis