Director of Product Engineering (Cannabis/Hemp Extraction) Posted By: Admin    2015-Jul-20

Who We Are
Privateer Holdings ( is the leading private equity firm in the promising and rapidly expanding cannabis marketplace.  We are actively shaping the evolution of this industry through strategic acquisitions, investments, and in-house incubation.  We bring years of hands-on Venture Capital and operations experience to the table and collaborate with an industry-leading team of partners to help navigate the new and burgeoning industry. 
What We Need
We need smart, passionate, and creative individuals not afraid of taking the road less traveled and excited by the challenge of building businesses in the face of uncertainty. We need individuals not afraid of wearing many hats and managing a constantly changing workflow.
How You Will Beneļ¬t      
Working for Privateer in a nascent industry is a great opportunity for an entrepreneurially-minded individual. You will be challenged to apply all that you have learned in new ways and gain a breadth of skills far beyond more traditional opportunities.            
We are seeking a Director of Product Engineering to work across the Privateer portfolio of Companies to support projects related to the design and development of cannabis/hemp extraction systems for formulation of a diverse range of medical and recreational cannabis-infused product applications. The Product Development Manager will work closely with the Tilray Chief Science Officer and Privateer project engineers on development and implementation of Privateer and Tilray product development strategy. This will include responsibility for detailed design, process development, construction, commissioning, and scale-up of new cGMP-certified botanical extract production sites to be deployed and operated in various jurisdictions. The candidate will also be expected to implement testing protocols to evaluate the potency and safety of cannabis samples in accordance with regulatory standards and standard operating procedures. This position will require a significant amount of travel to the company’s core business locations. 
Duties and responsibilities
  • Develop, optimize, and implement botanical extraction methods from hemp and cannabis raw materials, using supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) and/or other known or new extraction technologies
  • Work with Tilray Chief Science Officer and Privateer project engineering personnel on overall GMP-grade extraction facility design in various Privateer Holdings endeavors
  • Assist with processing equipment characterization at different scales for development of scale-up models.
  • Develop cannabis-infused formulations for retail products in line with the goals of Privateer Holdings and its portfolio companies.
  • Source, install, commission equipment for extraction of cannabis constituents in both pilot scale and full scale production operations.
  • Assist in planning and implementation of process development experiments at laboratory and/or pilot plant scale
  • Draft standard operating procedures and other compliance-critical documentation such as validation protocols, traceability records, batch records
  • Where possible, identify opportunities for intellectual property development
Our ideal candidate should have:
  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical/process engineering, or related discipline
  • 3-5 years’ experience with extraction, refinement, separation of organic compounds – botanical extraction experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to design, develop, and scale up processes from pilot plant scale to full scale manufacturing
  • Demonstrated understanding of process validation principles
  • Comfortable operating process equipment and ability to quickly learn new equipment
  • 1-2 years direct experience in a product development or business development role
  • Experience with product formulation, particularly in the botanical, cosmetic, and/or pharmaceutical space would be an asset
  • Direct working experience with Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Must possess written and verbal communications expertise, demonstrated leadership, initiative and exceptional interpersonal skills.
Please no phone calls/No recruiting agencies
We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, and a collaborative work environment in an emerging market.  The job description is representative of typical duties and responsibilities for the position and it is not all inclusive. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by the company to fluctuate with business needs.

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