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.
As Cresco Labs accelerates the development of its brand portfolio, the company is seeking a Brand Manager to join our corporate Marketing team in Chicago, IL. In this role, you will be responsible for the day-to-day leadership of two of the brands within the Cresco Labs portfolio, building one of the first national footprints within the cannabis industry. You will lead brand positioning, brand strategy, near-in packaging and product development, communications, and work closely with the retail and wholesale marketing teams to define consumer promotions and in-store support. To do so, you will work closely with cross-functional partners across sales, supply chain, compliance, operations, finance, and many others to drive key initiatives and deliver results. This position will report to the Brand Director overseeing all Cresco Labs brands.
CORE JOB DUTIES
- Establish clear brand strategies for two Cresco Labs brands, inclusive of visioning, design systems, language, and portfolio guidelines to set each business up for both short-term and long-term success.
- Lead the development of annual operating plans, distilling a situational assessment, identifying key strategic imperatives, and cascading to core tactical brand initiatives and associated working and non-working spend.
- Serve as the key representative for the brands across the organization, and present brand strategies and plans to senior leadership.
- Manage internal and external agency and design partner relationships in service of the development and execution of all brand communications and integrated marketing campaigns across all channels.
- Lead the expansion of brands into new states, along with the cross-functional development of line extensions, incremental packaging improvements, and other new business opportunities.
- Collaborate closely with retail and wholesale marketing to create and manage promotional collateral in order to establish brand awareness and product understanding in-store.
- Distill competitor and customer insights to validate and optimize brand objectives and strategies.
- Track all brand-related marketing expenses throughout the year to manage within the given A&M budget.
- Serve as a key stakeholder in demand forecasting and relevant financials and reporting on product sales.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND SKILLS
- Bachelor's degree required. MBA preferred.
- Traditional CPG brand management experience, with 3+ years of experience in marketing.
- Track record of identifying, building, and delivering growth within a fast-moving organization.
- Demonstrated success anticipating future business opportunities and developing strategies that address them proactively.
- Experience working in matrixed environments and building productive, cross-functional teams that drive to specific goals.
- Track record of thriving in environments with minimal process and structure, and comfort with managing through ambiguity.
- Strong numerical and analytical skill set with ability to interpret quantitative data.
- Strong communication skills (exceptional listening skills, persuasive and professional communicator) is required.
- Exceptional project management and organizational skills are required.
- Genuine interest in and passion for the cannabis industry is required.
- Must comply with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry
- Must be 21 years of age to apply
- Infrequent domestic travel
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.