Retail Buyer in Greater Chicago Area

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere


Ascend Wellness Holdings, LLC is a vertically integrated cannabis cultivator, processor and dispensary operator with assets in Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts and Ohio. We seek to foster a robust and inclusive cannabis industry through a premium, unmatched customer-focused retail experience. We are looking to build a world-class team that will help carry out our mission of helping to shape the future of cannabis as a leading healthcare solution. We are committed to improving the quality of our patient’s lives by offering unrivaled quality, consistency and meticulously curated products that satisfy our customers unique, individual needs. Our dispensaries will set a new standard of excellence, emphasizing health and wellness. As a team that is committed to our values, our people and our communities, we are looking for people who are inspired by our vision and looking to take a leadership role with us as we expand nationally. Why AWH:
Our people are our greatest asset. Our team is comprised of a consortium of skilled and passionate professionals and partners from a diverse range of fields. We believe in building a diverse team, creating a space where all feel welcome and have the opportunity to grow while contributing to the success of AWH. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation or genetics. We aim to provide best in class service to our customers and community. In addition to a great environment, we offer the following benefits:
Medical, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance BenefitsPaid Time OffPaid HolidaysInspiring work environmentOpportunities for advancement
Position Overview:
OVERVIEW: The Retail Buyer reports directly to the Vice President of Retail and provides direct knowledge of strains, concentrates, and edibles and will utilize a successful track record of buying experience to achieve the company’s goals. The Retail Buyer will be responsible for managing day-to-day purchasing activities which drive towards the strategic goals of the organization, including enhanced sales, enhanced margins and best in class customer experience.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead the development and management of purchasing 150 million annually of cannabis products in Illinois for our retail stores.Execute the full scope of the purchasing process from analyzing retail floor, sourcing, vendor meetings, evaluation, cost analysis, etc.Conduct regular margin analysis on all SKUs.Develop strong relationships with producers of cannabis products and ensure that we have uninterrupted access to industry-leading merchandise at competitive prices.Schedule and support vendor activations in-store.Maintain an organized calendar of deliveries, payouts, vendor meetings, etc.Negotiate and haggle for the best outcomes for our company.Maintain exceptional quality control on all products.Oversee that vendors are compliant with licensing obligations, delivery procedures, and payment handling.Provide education to retail staff so that they are familiar with products.Other duties as assigned by the leadership / management team.
Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.Ability to adapt to fast paced dynamic environments.Knowledge of inventory control systems in regulated cannabis markets.Ability to gather / analyze data and to work with incomplete information.Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel and reporting tools experience.
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; and 3-5 years of purchasing experience in a regulated Cannabis market; or equivalent combination of education and experience.Must be 21 years of age or older.Must be able to pass background check. 
Must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License.Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (Upon Hire).
The position must occasionally lift, push, pull and or move up to 25 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, this position is regularly required to sit and regularly use hand(s) to handle, grasp, feel, and or touch. This position is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. This position is required to speak and listen regularly. WORK ENVIRONMENT: This position performs duties in an office / retail store setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. TRAVEL:
This position travels up to 25% of the time. EEO STATEMENT: Ascend Wellness Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer and celebrate the population of differences, and does not discriminate in its hiring / hiring practices, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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