Product Development Coordinator
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.
The Product Development Coordinator will execute and actively participate in product development organizational tasks and will work in conjunction with the full Product Development team to support the research and development of vape, flower, RTS, and edible products. The Product Development Coordinator will demonstrate their knowledge in R&D and project management and will report directly to the VP of Product Development. Our ideal candidate is highly organized, a strong communicator, takes initiative, is detailed-oriented, and has strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
CORE JOB DUTIES
Support the R&D testing and sensory evaluation process by participating in the physical preparation of R&D studies and coordination of materials needed for studies
Coordinate Product Development training activities that take place at the off-site product development lab or other locations that involve training, demos, and education on products and process to internal team members, external partners, and Wellness Advisors
Participate in coordination of the use and deployment of new tools used for formulating and research storage and communications
Assist and participate in sample preparation activities for shelf-life stability for flower, vapes, concentrates, tinctures, capsules, lotions, edibles, etc
Populate shelf-life reports after all data accumulation has been completed
Assist in the ordering of lab materials and supplies
Demonstrate exceptional good laboratory practices such as documentation and project organizational skills
Organize and PM team calls with agenda and actionable items
Build and create presentation decks for meetings, product trainings, and event summarization
Assist in the preparation of interactive brain storming sessions
Assist in the non-med sampling program to ensure samples are packed off and shipped as needed to meet monthly demands
Participate in sensory study activities
Assist in compiling post-launch data for team review on new product launches
Participate in line trials when and where needed
Become fluent in compliance tracking software
Coordination of projects and opportunities to ensure work is properly organized, scheduled and completed on time
REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
Experience working for a cannabis MSO preferred
Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Chemistry, Food Science, or other technical or science related field preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Highly organized with a strong attention to detail
Works collaboratively with teams, driving for results
Quick learner – grasps essence quickly and uses information learned to apply elsewhere
Deals well with ambiguity and gray areas – must be a self-starter
Excellent time management skills
Work with individuals who are more senior, striking a balance of driving for results but understanding when competing priorities exist
Highly flexible and adaptable – working in a fast-paced start-up involves daily shifting priorities; able to go with the flow and adjust to changing needs quickly
Local travel required about 15%, need to be flexible to work out of Joliet, The Hatchery (Chicago-based), and or Headquarters (River North)
Shows a high degree of proactive thinking, strong communication and presentations skills, collaborative mindset
Self-starter with creative problem-solving skills
Ability to work in a fast-pasted laboratory and manufacturing environment while conducing product development coordination tasks adhering to safety and GMP protocol
Likes to be an ambassador / advocate of the company and represent with pride at industry events with customers and community
Cresco Labs requires that all corporate employees be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus on or before September 30, 2021. If you are offered and accept a position, you will be required to prove your vaccination status prior to when your employment begins. If you require a medical or religious accommodation with regard to vaccination, please let us know once you receive an offer of employment (if applicable).
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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