Director, Research & Technology

Green Thumb Industries

Centreville, MD, USA

Full time

Sep 13

The Role 

The Director of Research & Technology is responsible for leading the R&D team charged with researching cannabis related concepts, identifying and utilizing technology to continue to evolve and improve our operations and product portfolio. The role will work closely with marketing, consumer insights, engineering, project management, and the operations teams in the development of product concepts and technology. Plays a lead role in the mentoring, development, coaching and advancement of the R&D team. This role reports  to the SR VP of Operations. Green Thumb is growing fast, and as our Director of Research & Technology, you will be tasked with ensuring we are staying cutting edge in this rapidly growing industry. The role will also assist with the development of functional strategies in conjunction with the development of budgets, policies and procedures. A track record of research and technology within a proven CPG structure is required. Demonstrated expertise in a variety of CPG concepts, practices, platforms and procedures to support and deliver projects is a must. 


Prioritizes development work and requests to best serve the needs of the business.  

Plays the lead role in mentoring, coaching and developing R&D staff. Leadership is as important as technical acumen. A servant leader.   

Able to support troubleshooting field operations needs to resolve manufacturing issues. 

Implements and advances testing and basic research for new products and improvement of existing products. 

Accountable for the development of comprehensive SOPs, formulation spreadsheets, onsite inventories, traceability and tracking logs, etc. 

Coordinates with R&D team and key cross-functional teams to ensure timely decision-making in cases of deviations from standards and procedures. 

Supports, implements and maintains technical documentation of all phases of research and development. 

Manages the effective implementation of new systems or upgrades, including appropriate training for end-users. 

Leads key projects with research and development to support business goals and assesses the scope of research projects and ensures they are on time and meet the requirements of the R&D director. 

Orchestrates the timely completion of all program steps, driving excellence in execution through leadership, commitment, and stakeholder management, accountable for on-time, on-budget delivery. 

Maintains ongoing awareness and knowledge of R&D priorities and goals to ensure a proactive approach to application choice and development. 

Engages with cannabis and CPG current events to support recommendations and development of new products. Able to strategically build a pipeline with cross functional team. 

Manages team progress against established plans. 

Leads coordination of resource allocation with teams. 

Develops product development roadmap and associated activities. 

Leads product development initiatives in stage gate process. 

Other duties as assigned. 


Bachelor’s degree or higher in science or business (or equivalent), Master’s degree or PhD strongly preferred. 

5+ years of leadership experience. 

Research and development or engineering experience in a CPG setting. 

Proven track record in accomplishing significant and impactful business results. 

Demonstrated high level of leadership, relationship management, and communication skills; ability to work effectively with global teams. 

Broad and deep understanding of a variety of technical platforms. 

Ability to be a technical and strategic thought leader as well as a hands-on implementer.  

Must be detail oriented with superior organizational skills. 

Must be able to multi-task and produce results. 

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with coworkers and management. 

Familiarity with FDA and OSHA regulations. 

Understanding & adhering to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations as they pertain to the industry, safety regulations, local municipal codes and organizational rules, regulations, directives and standard operating procedures. 

Highly motivated, self-directed, innovative and able to work independently or among teams with keen judgement, common sense and resourcefulness 

Adapts and thrives in a demanding, fast-paced environment 

Possesses a high level of critical thinking 

Operates with a high level of professionalism and integrity, including dealing with confidential information 

Must understand and comply with the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of Green Thumb 

Must have a solid understanding of the Cannabis laws, rules and regulations and passion to further their understanding and knowledge of the industry and the laws.  

Additional Requirements 

Must pass any and all required background checks  

Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry  

Must possess valid driver’s license 

Must be a minimum of 21 years of age 

Must be approved by state badging agency to work in cannabis industry

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