Extraction Manager

job description

VidaCann’s Extraction Manager is responsible for day-to-day lab operations including planning, organizing, directing, communicating, and executing extractions. This individual is responsible for all operations pertaining to extraction lab from receiving biomass to final product formulations. Extraction Manager is the main resource for the Analytical Chemist and Lab Technicians working to perform daily duties. The Extraction Manager will be tasked with working cross-functionally with Production Manager to ensure production goals are met and all products are manufactured within specifications. This position reports and supports the Processing Facility Manager with all aspects of operations.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees, trains, and assists Lab Technicians in operating, maintaining, cleaning, safety standards, cGMP, policies, and procedures for all aspects of extraction, refinement, and distillation of cannabinoids.
  • Continuously improving extraction, refinement, and distillation processes, throughput, and systems efficiencies.
  • Provide leadership to ensure that safety and company policies are adhered to consistently and effectively.
  • Provides leadership for problem resolution to facilitate fast improvements and improved working relationships.
  • Effectively communicate results to both technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Interact with team members to address technical or regulatory questions and provide solutions to problems.
  • Initiate, coordinate, and enforce operational policies and procedures, and cGMP requirements.
  • Apply scientific techniques, procedures, or methodologies to complete tasks.
  • Maintains compliance with laws, regulations, cGMP, OSHA safety standards, and our policies and procedures.
  • Maintains accountability and inventory of all raw materials, finished products, by-products, and waste of the extraction process.
  • Leads and/or provides guidance in the creation of and revision to Standard Operating Procedures and Batch Manufacturing Records.
  • Participate in product development and be responsible for supporting future product launches and extraction methods.
  • Documenting all processes and assuring up-to-date records of our BMRs, cGMP, BioTrack seed-to-sale system, and other required documentation.
  • Execute day-to-day operations at the Production Facility as they pertain to workflow, extraction, analysis, production quotas and deadlines.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of extraction equipment and laboratory facility following current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures; complying with legal regulations; monitoring the work environment.
  • Maintaining inventory records of supplies, materials, and equipment, and preparing requisitions as needed.
  • Storing supplies and equipment, disposal of waste according to guidelines, and keeping laboratory, storerooms and working areas immaculate.
  • Maintaining strict inventory records of all plant materials, chemicals and equipment used in the laboratory and documents production by completing forms, reports, logs, and records.
  • Implement, maintain, and record data in our seed-to-sale tracking software (BioTrackTHC).
  • Perform other related work as required.

The above-cited duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to the job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that an incumbent may be expected to or asked to perform.


Physical Demands: Required for job

  • Stand for extended periods
  • Walk
  • Use hands and fingers, handle, and feel
  • Talk, hear, taste or smell
  • Lift and /or move up to 25 pounds
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl


Hazards: Required for the job

  • Exposed to laboratory conditions
  • Housekeeping and/or cleaning agents
  • Exposed to fumes or airborne particles
  • Proximity to moving mechanical parts
  • Toxic or caustic chemicals
  • High noise level
  • Varying temperatures
  • Proper and safe handling and disposal of harmful chemicals, substances, and other hazardous wastes.


Education and Experience Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, biology, physics, or environmental science.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in commercial-scale cannabinoid extraction or compound specific laboratory practices.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience supervising laboratory technicians or staff employees in a commercial production environment.
  • Ability to pass and maintain all required background checks to work with cannabis.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule based on the demands of the business, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Must be willing to work extended hours as required, over 40 hours per week.
  • Availability via cell phone at all times during operation is a must.
  • Hands-on experience with and detailed knowledge of supercritical extraction, alcohol extraction, BHO, terpene refinement, cannabinoid refinement, and cannabinoid distillation.
  • Proficient with various extraction methods and capable of operating and maintaining extraction equipment and machinery. This includes, but not limited to, Wiped film distillation units, Supercritical Co2 extractors, Falling film evaporators, Chillers, Heaters, Delta Cup-15, So-Low Freezers, vacuum pumps, pot stills, and other extraction related equipment.
  • Scientific laboratory procedures and techniques as used in a chemistry laboratory.
  • Thorough understanding of state and local medical marijuana laws and how they apply to the operations.
  • Experience with lean manufacturing processes and best practices in safety.


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Requirements:


  • Results Orientation – Results driven, self-starter with the proven ability to set and exceed established targets. Detail-oriented and quality-focused.
  • Team Orientation & Interpersonal – Highly motivated team-player and leader with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships within all levels of the organization.
  • Communication – Able to effectively express self verbally and in writing, using correct language and grammar in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, ethical, and tactful manner.
  • Analytical Problem-Solving & Decision Making – Able to research, analyze, identify viable options, draw sound conclusions, and make thoughtful recommendations considering overall risk and short-term and long-term impact.
  • Organization & Time Management – Ability to multitask, plan, schedule and organize schedules to achieve strategic goals within or ahead of established time frames. Strong decision-making, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Adaptability to Change – Able to be flexible and supportive, react swiftly to and able to assimilate change positively and proactively in a fast paced and challenging environment.
  • Systems & Software – Efficient with computer systems, software, and hardware common to recordkeeping procedures.


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