Plant Breeder

Location: Sparks, NV
Date Posted: 04-05-2018
We started MedMen with a simple vision; cannabis as a consumer product. It is a simple idea with profound consequences for how marijuana is cultivated, produced and marketed. Quality standards matter, best practices matter, brand reputation matters. Today, MedMen is the most dominant cannabis enterprise in the emerging legal marijuana industry.


Responsible for developing and managing a world-class Cannabis breeding program at MedMen to obtain successful cultivars with desirable traits in collaboration with other scientific and agronomy functions. This position will provide leadership, strategic vision and operational excellence in trait based Cannabis breeding technologies in advancement of company’s goals.  Foundational knowledge of plant breeding and genetics and demonstrated experience in trait based cultivar development are essential.This position will supervise the work of Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics staff and will be responsible for the program’s budget.
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.
  • Leads the creation and evaluation of breeding populations
  • Advances the utilization of modern breeding technologies and tools to identify, characterize and incorporate genes of interest for key traits
  • Plans and executes the hybridization process, evaluation of progenies, analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data and reporting of breeding trials
  • Make selections/hybrids advancement decisions based on key performance indicators
  • Utilize all relevant breeding technologies with appropriate allocation of resources directed at the successful development of commercial products for key market segments
  • Through engagement and collaborative interaction with breeding technology communities, identify, research, and eventually apply those to your breeding program that enhance breeding program effectiveness and efficiency
  • Working collaboratively with the Agronomy team, contributes to the optimization of desirable traits
  • Leads cross-functional teams as needed to to successfully develop and deploy new hybrids of interests
  • Establishes guidelines, protocols & training for Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics department and its employees
  • Supervises breeding and molecular genetics department employees; trains and advises Agronomy staff about cultivar development processes and work in coordination to continually improve the same
  • Works collaboratively with all Agronomy team members, including occasional visits to cultivation locations
  • Business Acumen
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Customer/Client Focus
  • Organizational Skills
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Results Driven
  • Technical Capacity
  • Punctuality
  • Positive attitude all the time
Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises the work of Plant Breeding and Genetics Department employees

Occasional visits to production facilities is expected for this position

Required Education and Experience
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • PhD. in plant breeding and genetics, or related degree, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated cultivar development experience
  • Training and experience in molecular biology, statistics, plant physiology, pathology and biochemistry as required to perform strongly as a plant breeder
  • Knowledge of quantitative genetics, functional genomics, genetic statistical theory, and experimental design as it is applied to plant breeding
  • Leadership skills building teams in a highly collaborative environment
  • Strong process management skills

Work Authorization/Security Clearance

There is no visa or H1-B sponsorship. Must successfully complete and pass background and drug screen, and live scan.

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