Sunnyside* is hiring a

Retail Store Manager

Buffalo Grove, United States


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.


The Retail Store Manager of Sunnyside* Buffalo Grove, IL is responsible for day-to-day team leadership and delivering a profitable business which supports Cresco Labs’ mission to normalize, professionalize and revolutionize the cannabis industry. You will ensure the dispensary achieves or exceeds all key metrics and goals across all aspects of the dispensary including customer acquisition and loyalty, merchandising, operations, and talent development. This role will serve as the link between the Sunnyside* brand vision of providing access to consistent high-quality cannabis and cannabis knowledge and the operations of the store.  

At Sunnyside, we believe the employee experience is paramount to all. With a strong focus on training, development, diversity and authenticity, our employees experience both personal and professional growth.  As a Dispensary Manager, you will have:  

  • Experience leading and motivating a team of hourly and salary employees; skills include recruiting, onboarding, training, managing employee relations and coaching. 
  • The opportunity to build on retail business fundamentals to include effective scheduling, payroll, financial management, identifying sales trends, and business writing & reporting. 
  • Skills in conflict resolution, strategic thinking, decision making and complex problem solving. 
  • Skills in interviewing, talent selection and performance management of hourly and salary team members. 
  • Experience in a dynamic role that combines problem solving, teamwork, technical skills, and customer service!


  • You are energetic, possess strong interpersonal skills and work well with others. Collaboration is key to our team’s success! 
  • You enjoy people! Consulting our customers, listening to their needs and providing an exceptional experience is vital to achieving customer loyalty. 
  • You inspire others! You are a leader who has a passion for coaching, developing, and influencing your teams while driving a profitable business. You have proven success building a high-performance team! 
  • You hold yourself to a high level of integrity and lead by example. In an industry that is highly regulated, we trust in our employee’s commitment to always do the right thing. 


People Management: 

  • Build and sustain a high-performing team through employee selection, onboarding, coaching and clear accountability for results. 
  • Conduct at least monthly 1:1 quality conversations with each assistant manager and quarterly 1:1s with each store employee.  
  • Assess team performance, skill gaps, and career aspirations of employees; solicit or provide resources, trainings or procedures to support team needs.  
  • Analyze and determine effective headcount requirements and labor schedules that account for store sales trends, department objectives and labor laws.  
  • Motivate and inspire dispensary team to exceed revenue targets and KPIs, with an emphasis on selling and cross-selling techniques. 
  • Partner with Human Resources to resolve employee relations issues. 
  • Ensure employees are knowledgeable and coached to navigate any regulatory changes. 
  • Ensure a clean and safe environment for employees and customers 

Sales & Operational Excellence: 

  • Provide regular updates, feedback, and solutions to corporate retail leadership across all areas of dispensary operations.  
  • Establish and nurture key business partner relationships across Human Resources, Outreach, Compliance, Security, Employees Health & Safety, Marketing, Construction and IT. 
  • Drive profitable sales through forecasting, scheduling, outstanding customer service and execution of programs and initiatives.  
  • Identify business and competitor risks; analyze metrics to help increase market share. 
  • Support outreach efforts/community partnerships to build a positive image within the community, drive brand awareness, and draw new patients. 
  • Establish daily operations procedures with an eye towards improvement and efficiency.  
  • Oversee inventory activities ensuring product requirements are met and deliveries are on time. 
  • Maintain accurate records of all dispensary activities including daily cash reconciliations, guest records, sales, deliveries and returns. 
  • Perform monthly audit reporting and store visit checklist with Area Manager. 
  • Ensure compliance with all company policies, procedures, state, and local laws. 
  • Serve as point of contact for state regulators and local authorities, overseeing any inspections or audits  


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or comparable experience 
  • 5-7 years of retail management experience required; Cannabis knowledge or dispensary leadership experience a plus 
  • Experience managing teams of 10 or more with layers of leadership, preferably in a high-volume location with a focus on team development. 
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, apply and teach others technical, product-related information in a professional consultative manner. 
  • Experience working closely with HR teams and processes. 
  • A high level of integrity, personal motivation, and sense of urgency 
  • Proficient in MS Office, Highly Proficient in MS Excel with experience in data entry and data management  
  • Strong business acumen including excellent communication, attention to detail and interpersonal skills 
  • Available to work all hours of operation inclusive of nights, weekends and holidays 
  • Must be able to lift, carry and balance up to 50 pounds (100 pounds with assistance). 


Cresco Labs is proud to offer eligible employees a robust offering of benefits including, major medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(K)-match program, FSA/HSA programs, LTD/STD options, life insurance and AD&D.  We also offer eligible employees paid holidays and paid time off.  Other rewards may include annual discretionary bonuses, stock options as well as participation in our employee discount program. Benefits eligibility for permanent positions may vary by full-time or part-time roles, location, or position.


  • 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 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.


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Cresco Labs is aware of fictitious employment offers being circulated from various sources. Many of these schemes consist of an alleged offer of employment with Cresco Labs with the intention of gaining personal information, including payment and/or banking information. Be aware that fraudulent job offers and correspondence may appear legitimate: they may feature a Cresco Labs logo, they may appear to originate from an official-looking email address or web site, or they may be sent by individuals purporting to represent Cresco Labs or an entity which includes the word Cresco Labs in its name. 

Please note that Cresco Labs does not ask for payment or personal banking information as a condition of employment. Any personal information is requested for payroll or state badging purposes only. Applications can be securely submitted through our career’s pages.
We are working diligently to block this from happening. Beware if an offer of employment looks too good to be true. Never divulge personal and banking information or send money if you are unsure of the authenticity of an email or other communication in the name of Cresco Labs.
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