Senior Director, Product Development and Formulation - Culver City, CA

The Senior Director of Product Development and Formulation is directly responsible for leading a team of high performance scientists to effectively create, develop and commercialize new state of the art science based product formulations for MedMen retail stores, champion collaboration with other cross functional leaders and teams to rapidly develop novel consumer relevant products that will mainstream marijuana usage, strengthen our culture of innovation by championing new and novel ways to ideate new products, provide mentoring to ensure team engagement, growth, talent identification for a strong foundation for future growth.
Essential Functions 

  • Build and mentor a high-performance product development team with skill sets that align with MedMen’s culture and strategy.

  • Lead team to create science based robust product formulations to deliver new and novel products which exceed consumer expectations and provide a consistent user experience.

  • Create and institutionalize process to ensure all key stakeholders and cross functional (XF) partners are fully aligned on new product deliverables.

  • Champion collaborations with key stakeholders and partners to ensure formulations, products and time-lines meet internal expectations.

  • Champion processes and develop strategic partnerships (internal and external) to deliver rapid prototypes to marketing and executives.

  • Manage SOTA (state of the art) R&D Product Development Lab to deliver new and novel products and to excite visitors.

  • Create and manage succession plan to ensure team is fully engaged and has a transparent career path to ensure R&D team has a strong foundation for growth.

  • Institutionalize a culture of innovation within R&D and entire organization.

  • Create forums where employees and external partners can share and pitch ideas to marketing and executive.

  • Identify and implement processes and metrics to measure meaningful KPI’s for R&D Product Development team which demonstrates business impact. 

  • Institutionalize PLM system at central lab and satellite facilities (manufacturing locations).

  • Provide governance to satellite R&D locations at manufacturing facilities.

  • Manage R&D formulation budget, employee training and administrative responsibilities

  • Create and file IP for new and novel formulas and/or processes.

Proven track record for on-time development and commercialization of new and novel products
Strong leadership and managerial skill sets
Strong technical acumen
Strong communication and presentation skills
Strong executional skills
Highly collaborative within R&D and with XF leadership and teams.
Strong bias for action
Flexible, adaptive to change
Hands on experience with PLM systems/software
Supervisory Responsibility 
Responsible for Talent acquisition, training and management of a high-performance team of product development scientists.

Work environment 
Office, R&D Lab, Pilot Plant, Manufacturing 

Physical Demands
Ability to perform light physical duties required to complete goals normally associated with a pilot plant environment
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Full time


20-30% travel
Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Pharmacology, Chemistry or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
10+ years experience in Food/Pharmaceutical/Cannabis sector
Additional Eligibility Qualifications (certifications, etc.)
Strong knowledge of cGMP’s and GLP’s
Food safety and labeling requirements
Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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