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Manager, Dispensary Acquisitions and Integration

Vangst • Santa Rosa, CA

Posted 29 days ago

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Job Description


Our Client is one of California’s largest vertically integrated cannabis companies, with operations ranging from seed to store. They are on a mission to radically transform the cannabis industry. Doing this requires them to think differently and to question conventional approaches, therefore it's essential to have a diverse team of the very best people with all types of backgrounds and experiences to bring the best ideas to life. They are committed to maintaining an environment where all of the team members have the opportunity to be heard, to make an impact and to do the best work of their lives while building an industry from the ground up. Their mission is to change stigmas and enhance the lives of their customers and patients by delivering the unexpected, and they are looking for a strong Acquisitions and Integration Manager for their Southern California locations to help do just that.

Position Description

The Acquisition & Integration Manager is responsible for all activities related to the successful & efficient integration of acquired dispensary operations into the our Client's organization and the operating platform. Specific areas of integration include back-office services, operating tools, business processes, marketing, merchandise, HR and corporate culture. The Manager will report to the Director of Retail Operations who has responsibility to integrate all acquired cannabis dispensary practices in an efficient, stream-lined, cost effective and successful approach.

The ideal candidate has; a) an understanding of cannabis dispensary operations, b) knowledge and comfort handling implementations, and c) strong project management and communication skills.

This role is located in Southern California and will require 70%-75% travel. You will be spending approximately 4 weeks in each location, on-boarding staff to understand our client's retail operations processes and policies with the support of human resources and other key staff within the organization.


  • Although every integration is unique, the Integration Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the company's standard integration playbook for each business acquired.

  • The Manager will be both the Integration Leader and the lead Company's cultural ambassador at the newly acquired business and should be comfortable coaching and troubleshooting.

  • Depending on the pace of new business, the Manager may be leading multiple integrations simultaneously – each at a various stage of integration.

  • You should expect to spend significant time traveling – including extended stays on the ground at new businesses locations.

  • This role will be involved early in the acquisition process (at least 30 days before the close date) to help ensure a smooth transition at close. Ideally, much of the integration work will be done prior to close. However, some aspects may take longer and will need to be carefully coordinated with the company's functions – such as Dispensary Operations (who will operate the business after close).

  • Partner with both the company's teams and corresponding functions at the newly acquired company to manage integration plans that will include:

  • Finance & Accounting – Reporting, Revenue Cycle Management, Billing Centers

  • IT / Technology Platforms – conversion to Cannabis POS Systems, HRIS Systems, Accounting software, ERP systems.

  • Product Supply Chain – Dispensary product Inventory & Assortment Planning

  • Marketing – Website Migration

  • HR – Benefits, Payroll, Employment Agreements, Employee Census to be entered into HRIS System, Employee On-Boarding, Talent Assessment

  • Retail Operations – Sales & Service Policies,

  • Coordinate with The Company's Operations team to ensure that all of the company will effectively manage the performance after acquisition including access to operating performance reports and business processes.

  • Manage the overall integration of an acquired dispensary, addressing issues and risks by working with the acquired team members and the company's team leaders to ensure that the work plan stays on calendar and costs

  • Communicate to integration, financial and operations on project progress, concerns and challenges to make certain issues are addressed upfront and solved with team input

What we are looking for:

  • College degree preferred

  • Retail, hospitality industry experience (store level manager role) is recommended, minimally need to have some experience working in dispensary retail

  • Cannabis industry experience a plus

  • Comfort and familiarity with managing IT implementation/transition plans

  • Project management leadership with a discipline to manage on time and communicate appropriately

  • Strong communication and organizational skills as you will likely be managing more than one project at a time

  • Broader understanding and familiarity of common business functions including accounting, HR, merchandise, and marketing is helpful

  • Experience leading or being part of an implementation or transition services team

  • Ability to Travel 70% of the time (some weeks/months will require more travel than others depending on Acquisition Schedule)

What we bring to the table

  • Our co-workers are a close-knit, intelligent, and motivated team.

  • We care about you. We offer a competitive health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their dependents.

  • Product discounts.

  • We value diversity and inclusivity. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

This position is located in Southern California. Local applicants will be considered.

About Vangst: Vangst is a venture backed, high growth recruiting technology company. We have revolutionized the fastest growing industry in the world by connecting thousands of professionals with careers in cannabis. Through technology and a world-class team, Vangst supplies the cannabis industry with the best talent.

Vangst is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characters protected by the law. This job description is a product of Vangst.

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