Senior Vice President, Construction & Engineering

Chicago, Illinois |

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The SVP of Construction and Engineering will provide oversight and engage in all aspects of the construction cycle across multiple Cresco sites. This individual will have a strong understanding of wholistic project management, manufacturing operations, and cost principles to ensure all steps are done timely and in conjunction with Cresco’s financial goals. This role will require a high attention to detail to ensure all projects are done safely and efficiently, while maintaining compliance with local regulations. As the company continues to grow, this individual will be responsible for leading and engaging multiple direct reports in a fast-paced, ‘all hands on deck’ environment.



Lead projects centered around development, renovation, and maintenance from conception to completion; this includes pre-construction planning, estimating, and design

Optimize facility layouts, production lines, machine operations and network performance

Develop an adaptable operation to handle new technologies, resulting from alliances with manufacturing and supply chain perspectives

Sets KPIs and expectations for deliverables; holds teams accountable for meeting agreed upon budgets and timelines

Manages capital spend as it relates to construction projects; oversees and reviews the development of budget estimates and routinely reviews actual spend to ensure all applicable KPIs are met

Evaluates and manages risk throughout the division, including regular reports/updates on any identified or anticipated risks

Creates and implements timelines and critical path scheduling for initial project start up 

Collaborates with project managers and pre-construction staff to review all majority subcontractor and material bids

Negotiates terms of agreement, drafts contracts, and obtains permits and licenses as needed

Establishes and maintains key relationships with suppliers, contractors, and vendors

Responsible for team’s career development and provides training to ensure all team members understand all safety and compliance standards as needed

Partners with executive leadership members to evaluate the impact of Cresco’s construction projects and plans to the organization overall; this includes presentations around finances and project timelines in accordance with the company’s growth initiatives

Regularly provides key performance updates on all construction projects to executive leadership

Develops and implements company policies and procedures to ensure the highest degree of safety, quality, and compliance standards are met by all team members  

Direct and oversee construction projects from conception to completion while monitoring compliance with safety and building regulations

Engages positively with the communities where Cresco operates to ensure strong partnerships and connections with the local area 



Bachelor’s degree in Building Science, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or related field required

Master’s degree and/or Professional Engineer (PE) a plus

10+ years of experience within construction development and building engineering in a high growth, multi-site, and highly regulated operation

5+ years of experience leading a large team

Expertise in MEP systems, building and mechanical design using AutoCAD, etc.

Expertise in relevant rules and regulations around facility construction and maintenance

Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and Powerpoint

Strong understanding of project and cost accounting principles

Ability to think critically and provide creative solutions as needed

Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization

Strong attention to detail, with a proven track record of meeting and exceeding ambitious goals

Flexible and adaptable mindset



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, Inc.
Cresco Labs, Inc.
HQ: Chicago, Illinois

Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States. Together with its subsidiaries, Cresco cultivates, manufactures, and sells medical cannabis & products, and launched the industry’s first national comprehensive Social Equity and Educational Development (SEED) initiative.

Company size: 800

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