Senior Process Engineer

Cresco Labs

Chicago, IL, USA

Full time

Jan 24

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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.


The Senior Process Engineer role is responsible for development, scale-up and optimization of extraction and manufacturing processes, from development through commercialization, as part of the Technical Services team.  The role supports new product development as well as on-boarding new technologies required to meet production demands.


Process Development

Develop robust manufacturing process related to new products

Drive improved extraction and manufacturing yields by investigating alternative equipment and processing parameters

Confirm impact of post-commercial changes in raw materials, equipment, or product formulation

Scale-up existing processes to meet increased demand and improved efficiency

Lead technology transfers between sites related to new manufacturing processes and equipment

Onboard new processes related to licensing of third-party technologies

Partner with Engineering to make modifications to existing equipment in order improve performance or accommodate new products

Design and supervise DOE experiments, manufacturing trials and process validations

Determine appropriate measurements and metrics for process performance

Translate product and process needs into Equipment functional and user requirements

Project Leadership

Participate as a team member in cross-functional new product development teams

Work closely with Product Development, Manufacturing, Extraction, Engineering, and Packaging teams to plan work and resolve issues

Manage projects, set objectives and report on performance of process development to senior leadership

Technical Leadership

Maintain expert knowledge of equipment and processes used in the Cresco network

Participate in due diligence related to licensing technologies or qualifying 3rd party vendors supporting development

Stay abreast of industry trends and new technologies related to cannabis extraction and manufacturing, and make recommendations to leadership

Provide expertise and training to members of the Manufacturing and Technical Services team

Document development work completely and contemporaneously to support patent applications


MS or PhD in Chemistry, Engineering, or Pharmacy OR B.S. with relevant industry experience

Experience working in manufacturing in the Cannabis industry preferred, or experience in pharmaceutical, food, or other CPG industry

Proficient in MS Office, Highly Proficient in MS Excel


Reports to Director, Technical Services

Empowered to work directly with site-based resources to resolve issues and make decisions related to technical services

Works directly with vendors to resolve issues


Increased yield (% w/w) and extraction efficiency

Increased efficiency and productivity (i.e. cost/Kg, Kg/FTE, COGS as % revenue)

Reduced process cycle time

Robust process measures that meet performance requirements of the business

On-time delivery of product and process development


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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Cresco Labs

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