Vice President of Retail Development

Cresco Labs New York, NY, USA 2022-02-27 $130k - $280k -
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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.MISSION STATEMENT

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.


Cresco Labs is seeking a Vice President of Retail Development to join our corporate team in Chicago, IL. As a member of the Sunnyside* Retail Leadership Team, The VP of Retail Development is a key strategic leader in the successful conceptualization, rollout, operations, and maintenance of Sunnyside* dispensaries. This individual will serve as the lead for new-store openings, new market integrations, and major store renovations. They will serve as the key liaison between Retail Senior Leadership, Construction, Real Estate, Compliance, IT, Security, and Store Operations (Regional Director, Dispensary Manager, Security, Training & Development, Visual, and Retail Marketing).


Holistic leadership and on-time delivery of Sunnyside retail expansion, including but not limited to new store openings, rebranding, improvements to existing locations, and M&A integrations.Leads the end-to-end integration of key functional workstreams and deliverables, including construction, real estate, marketing, IT, HR, security, compliance, and government affairs, to successfully complete projects on-time; drives clarity to key trade-offs and associated decisioning in service of revenue, cost, and business impact targetsOversees the successful opening of new stores and completion of key projects, ensuring successful implementation of all state regulations and compliance requirements, in addition to the execution of all Sunnyside visual and design standardsAccountable for the execution of all visual and design standards, budgets, and vendor relationships across all stores in the Sunnyside network, including the planning, deployment, and installation of key elements in partnership with regional and store team. Successfully balances the need for both network-wide consistency and scale, while addressing critical local and community-specific nuance.Collaborate with brand marketing and store design teams on all future brand expression, build-outs in service of driving elevated and more effective customer experiencesServes as a key retail representative upon due diligence kickoff with the M&A team, including contributing to M&A leadership business case drafts and initial deep dive of CAPEX needs, revenue expectations, branding integration, compliance, etc.Anticipate future trends and articulate vision and plans that create competitive and breakthrough strategies, showing a clear connection between vision and action.Partner with cross-functional leaders and department peers to ask the right questions, acquire data from diverse sources, uncover root causes, and evaluate pros/cons and risks/benefits to make decisions


10+ years of fast-paced retail development experience with multi-unit responsibility, cannabis experience a plusProficient in MS Office, Highly Proficient in MS Excel + TableauStrategic thinker that consistently demonstrates an ability to flex areas on focus, including the ability to make sound decisions, at times under pressure, with a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement.Ability to identify market trends and anticipate opportunities within the cannabis industry, constantly demonstrating an excitement to adapt and learnExperience building and managing a team with the appropriate mix of styles, perspectives, and experiences while establishing a common objectiveCoach and Leader mentality with a strong emphasis on creating a feeling of belonging by fostering open dialog, collaboration, and sharing wins/rewards in a team environmentDemonstrated ability to drive top-line and bottom-line results with a track record of exceeding goals successfully.Highly influential to help drive results from other team members and cross-functional peers, collaborating effectively and fairly across shared objectivesStrong business acumen including data management, attention to detail, and excellent communication and interpersonal skillsHigh level of integrity, personal motivation, and sense of urgencyVarying hours of work that may include travel up to 50% of the time


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 applyMust 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