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Posted September 29th

VP of Manufacturing Automation

Chicago, Illinois


Cresco Labs



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Posted September 29th

VP of Manufacturing Automation

Chicago, Illinois








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.

  • Continuously assesses the status of Cresco's automated manufacturing systems and procedures to ensure safety, quality, and compliance measures exceed standards
  • Actively seeks ways to improve efficiencies throughout the end-to-end manufacturing process
  • Identifies and applies meaningful and attainable KPIs to continuously measure the efficiency of Cresco's engineering and manufacturing processes
  • Assesses and implements improvements to existing automation systems and standardizes best practices across our growing network of U.S. manufacturing facilities
  • Leads and mentors a large team of engineers and supply chain experts in understanding lean manufacturing principles and executing compliance measures to the highest standard possible
  • Manages engineering standardization initiatives within Cresco operations in all markets
  • Prioritizes and assigns projects to achieve the company's growth goals while maintaining an eye on budget and on-time completion
  • Understands health and safety standards and local regulatory requirements to ensure all processes comply; also provides thorough training to all employees on these topics
  • Identifies training opportunities for operations and engineering employees on procedures and equipment relevant to safety standards and industry trends
  • Ensures that employee safety and health, product safety, product quality, and sustainability are appropriately engineered into every project
  • Develops systems and layouts that follow lean manufacturing philosophies of one-piece flow and Kanban, with emphasis on maximizing throughput and quality
  • Keeps current with industry trends and new automation technology as it arises; maintains communication with team and organization on these findings
  • Regularly communicates KPI results, project progress, and relevant financial health indicators to executive leadership
  • Identifies and implements preventative maintenance programs to optimize equipment performance
  • Develops and maintains healthy relationships with external vendors/suppliers were needed
  • Coordinates continuous improvement opportunities with other business functions to obtain optimum production and output
  • Utilizes data to detect efficiency gaps and identify impactful long-term solutions
  • Manages relationships with Operations, Quality, Sales, Marketing, Graphic Design, and Supply Chain to deliver new products to the market, where possible

  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management, or Operations Excellence preferred
  • 10+ years' experience in manufacturing automation strategy, preferably in a highly regulated environment
  • 7+ years' experience leading large teams in lean manufacturing practices/procedures
  • Experience in successfully managing and partnering with diverse internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience leading and executing large projects across multiple sites, including management of project finances
  • Working knowledge of cGMP in a CPG manufacturing environment preferred
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • Understands technical drawings and specifications
  • Experience with the design and application of ergonomic and machine safety standards
  • Strong communication skills and comfortability speaking in front of large groups
  • While performing the duties of this position the employee is frequently required to stand and walk and stoop or kneel; and regularly required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms; communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to travel as needed to sites across the U.S. (estimated 50%)

  • 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.