Senior Quality & Compliance Specialist

Centreville, MD
Wholesale Operations – Quality Excellence
Full-time / Non-exempt
About Green Thumb Industries:
Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and retailer, is dedicated to providing dignified access to cannabis while giving back to the communities in which they serve. GTI manufactures and distributes a portfolio of branded cannabis products including Rythm, Dogwalkers, The Feel Collection, incredibles and Beboe, among others. The company also owns and operates rapidly growing national retail cannabis stores called Rise™ and Essence. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GTI has 13 manufacturing facilities, licenses for 95 retail locations and operations across 12 U.S. markets. Established in 2014, GTI employs approximately 1,400 people and serves thousands of patients and customers each year. GTI was named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business.  More information is available at GTIgrows.com.


The Role:
GTI is seeking a Senior Quality and Compliance Specialist to join our cultivation facility. As a Senior Quality and Compliance Specialist, you will be responsible for executing operational quality and compliance related activities at the facility associated with sampling and inspection of incoming material, in process, and finished products, documentation control, quality event investigation, compliance, and audit. This position will also help ensure products are being produced in a manner that meets all specifications and brand consistency.  You will also assist in identifying potential quality risks and working with operations personnel to develop improvement opportunities. Uses experience and knowledge to influence processes, standards, and plans to improve compliance with internal and external standards. 

Responsibilities

    • Establish and performs incoming, in-process, and finished product sampling and inspection.
    • Reviews in-process batch documentation, logbooks, test results, and good documentation practices.
    • Oversee all internal SOPs and ensure that they are implemented and maintained for compliance with all Federal and State regulatory requirements.
    • Lead or assist site documentation control system. Ensure harmonization of 1GTI quality system.
    • Facilitate or lead State regulatory and/or 3rd party site inspections. Responsible for the tracking of any observation to closure and correspondence with State inspectors.
    • Monitor site’s compliance to GTI corporate Quality System.
    • Perform weekly internal audit to monitor site’s compliance activities to State regulations
    • Segregation, control and disposition of non-conforming product.
    • Identify, recommend and perform quality training as needed.
    • Ensure maintenance and control of production quality records.
    • Assist production personnel in the investigation of root causes and corrective action of internal rejects, corrective/preventive action, out of control SPC points, and customer complaints.
    • Continually study the existing systems using quality tools to analyze production costs and non-value added activities and make recommendations for process improvements.
    • Identify needs for SPC and statistical studies and perform as necessary.
    • Continually study the existing quality system and make recommendations for improvements.
    • Perform improvement projects as identified.
    • Writes QMS documents, including routing and/or approval of change request packages, as requested.
    • Collect quality data and report metrics to management.
    • Monitors compliance to established Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidance.

Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years’ experience or Associate Degree with 5+ years’ experience in quality role.
    • Prior experience in regulated industry in healthcare, medical devices, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods (food), or cannabis. 
    • Highly desirable: FDA, GMP, SQF, and/or HACCP experience.
    • Strong experience with product sampling and inspection.
    • Possess analytical abilities, technical writing ability and comprehensive understanding of quality toolbox (SPC, 8D root cause analysis, control and inspection standards, basic statistics, etc.)
    • Prior experience in regulatory agency audits and correspondence.
    • Ability to follow written procedures and monitor others for adherence to written procedures.
    • Ability to create or update written procedures with site operations personnel.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Utilizes critical thinking to troubleshoot issues, work collaboratively with a team to brainstorm solutions, and implement improvement solutions.
    • Must understand and comply with the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of GTI.
    • Team player with strong interpersonal skills as well as coaching skills.
    • Demonstrated competence to work and communicate effectively with all levels in the organization.
    • Open-minded self-starter with the ability to adapt and problem solve, as well manage multiple tasks concurrently.
    • Understanding of the Medical Marijuana laws, rules and regulations is preferred and the passion to further their understanding and knowledge of the industry and the laws.

Additional Requirements

    • A self-starter who brings the utmost level of integrity to the company.
    • A passion for quality assurance and quality control.
    • Must pass any and all required background checks
    • Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry
    • Must possess valid driver’s license
    • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
    • Must be approved by the state to receive an Agent badge
At GTI we believe that our corporate community should be a reflection of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity across race, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, experience, and thought—not only because it is right, but because it makes us better. Our mission—the right to wellness—informs our commitment to champion economic opportunities in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs through employment and community involvement. GTI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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