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. 


Cresco aims to lead the nation’s cannabis industry with a focus on regulatory compliance, product consistency, and customer satisfaction. Their 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, they will operate with the same level of professionalism and precision in each new market they move in to.



The R&D Lab Manager will execute and actively participate in product development tasks and will work in conjunction with Operations, Manufacturing, and Strategic Development teams to formulate and launch new products and optimize existing products. The R&D Lab Manager will demonstrate their knowledge in food science, experimental design, GLP, cannabis infusion techniques, food processing, problem solving, project management, and the understanding of consumer sensory expectations to deliver best-in-class edibles, beverages, and other new products for Cresco Labs.



  • Complete in-depth understanding of the R&D and Product Development process, from concept to commercialization for Consumer-Packaged Goods
  • Demonstrates technical leadership, functioning as a technical thought leader on project teams, taking accountability for overall product results including taste, texture, potency, and manufacturability
  • Provide leadership, mentorship and guidance to laboratory and production staff
  • Design and execute experiments to systematically characterize functional properties such as but not limited to solubility, gelation, emulsification, viscosity, homogenization, rheology etc. of product formulations
  • Perform shelf life stability testing and analysis on new products and new technology
  • Ability to analyze tests and experiments and appropriately make recommendations for formula changes needed to achieve defined product targets and expectations
  • Formulate and create bench-top and pilot lab prototypes for new or modified products
  • Demonstrate exceptional good laboratory technique and practices such as documentation and project organizational skills
  • Collect, record and analyze data and interpret and translate results into solutions
  • Identify testing and analysis opportunities in order to ensure best-in-class development of CPG products
  • Ability to generate finished product ingredient declarations and nutrition facts panels using Genesis labeling software
  • Conduct product evaluations and testing, lead and facilitate product cuttings
  • Facilitation of in-state and out-of-state production line runs and pre-commercialization line trials
  • Conduct assessment and capability studies leading up to product commercialization
  • Prepare and present demo items to management and cross-functional teams
  • Organize, create and conduct training with internal employees for new product launches or new equipment implementation
  • Coordination of projects and opportunities to ensure work is properly organized, scheduled and completed on time
  • Support the brand’s need to identify and understand what the brand stands for in the minds of consumers including brand identity, essence, vision, mission and core values to drive relevant communications and innovation
  • Recommend purchasing of laboratory equipment
  • Have flexibility and ability to pivot on project needs and deliverables, and the ability to work beyond normal workday hours when/if needed
  • Participate in establishing, improving and adhering to and fulfill policies, procedures and reporting requirements for all local, state and federal food safety regulations; GMP and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); GFSI, SQF, BRC and/or customer food safety requirements and other third-party inspections; and Non-GMO, Kosher, Gluten-Free, and other quality certifications



  • 5+ years food and beverage industry experience with practical application of methods and GLP
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Chemistry, Culinary, or similarly related technical field
  • CPG experience preferred, cannabis infusion experience a plus
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and able to manage multiple R&D projects concurrently
  • 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 adhering to safety and GMP protocol
  • Preferred experience managing laboratory staff
  • Likes to be an ambassador / advocate of the company and represent with pride at industry events with customers and community

    *Position will be primarily located out of the dedicated R&D Kitchen located at The Hatchery Chicago (135 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL), with local regular commuting to Joliet cultivation center as needed. Some out of state travel may be needed once travel restrictions are lifted.


  • Must be 21 years of age or older to apply
  • Must comply with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry

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