Reliability Engineer at Green Thumb Industries (GTI)

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About Green Thumb Industries:
Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and retailer, is dedicated to providing dignified access to cannabis while giving back to the communities in which they serve. GTI manufactures and distributes a portfolio of branded cannabis products including Rythm, Dogwalkers, The Feel Collection, incredibles and Beboe, among others. The company also owns and operates rapidly growing national retail cannabis stores called Rise™ and Essence. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GTI has 13 manufacturing facilities, licenses for 95 retail locations and operations across 12 U.S. markets. Established in 2014, GTI employs approximately 1,400 people and serves thousands of patients and customers each year. GTI was named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business. More information is available at
The Reliability Engineer is responsible for developing and guiding efforts to ensure the reliability and maintainability of equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, controls and safety/security systems at the Green Thumb Industries cultivation facilities. The Reliability Engineer will also identify and manage asset reliability risks that could adversely affect plant or business operations. This broad primary role includes loss elimination, risk management and life cycle asset management. You will be part of a team of technical individuals supporting Green Thumb Industries manufacturing objectives.
This role may be based in our Chicago HQ, or one of our other GTI facilities. Significant travel (50%) may be required.
The ideal candidate will be able to work across all levels of the organization with an ability to influence, advocate and teach. A hands on and engaging leader who can work equally well across the continuum of doing, educating and leading.


  • Lead a geographically dispersed team of direct and indirect maintenance/facility managers, monitor performance, and provide regular reliability updates and performance feedback to help managers succeed at the local level. 
  • Develop, direct, and lead implementation of GTI’s reliability and maintenance management processes and procedures inclusive of defining best practices to promote high asset availability. 
  • Review and progressively update programs, processes and SOPs to comply with changing requirements.
  • Provide updates on reliability and asset management to other key stakeholders.
  • Work with project engineering to ensure the reliability and maintainability of new and modified installations
  • Direct and lead implementation of life cycle asset management (LCAM) processes throughout the entire life cycle of new assets
  • Participate in the development of design and installation specifications, commissioning plans, acceptance and inspection criteria for equipment and technical MRO suppliers and technical maintenance service providers
  • Participates in the final check-out of new installations, including factory and site acceptance testing that will assure adherence to functional specifications
  • Professionally and systematically define, design, develop, monitor and refine an asset maintenance plan that includes:
  • Value-added preventive maintenance tasks
    Effective utilization of predictive and other non-destructive testing methodologies designed to identify and isolate inherent reliability problems
  • Develop and implement Maintenance Management/CMMS solutions across GTI manufacturing sites, inclusive of asset identification, hierarchy, criticality, work order management, inventory management
  • Provide input to a risk management plan that will anticipate reliability-related and non-reliability-related risks that could adversely impact plant operations
  • Develop engineering solutions to repetitive failures and all other problems that adversely affect plant operations. These problems include capacity, quality, cost or regulatory compliance issues, and to fulfill this responsibility, the reliability engineer applies data analysis techniques that can include:
  • Reliability modeling and prediction
    Fault tree & Weibull analysis
    Failure Modes & Effect Analysis (FMEA)
    Six Sigma (6σ) methodology
    Root cause analysis (RCA) and root cause failure analysis (RCFA)
    Failure reporting, analysis and corrective action system (FRACAS)
  • Professionally and systematically define, design, develop, monitor and refine maintenance programs for existing equipment and new installations including:
  • Lubrication
    Condition based monitoring
  • Work with operations to perform analyses of assets including:
  • Asset utilization, equipment effectiveness, and remaining useful life
    Other parameters that define operating condition, reliability, reliability and costs of assets
  • Provide technical support to production, maintenance and technical personnel
  • Apply value analysis to repair/replace, repair/design and make/buy decisions 

Keys to your success...

  • A passion for being a “change-agent” - comfortable working with all levels within the organization, able to question status quo and be a strong communicator.
  • Leading and managing reliability initiatives, using six sigma tools, as well as mentoring and coaching.
  • Managing a portfolio of lean projects
  • Training and leading cross-functional continuous improvement teams; focusing on measurable quality, service and cost improvements; mentor other individuals
  • Implementing formal reliability programs
  • Drive to assess processes, take measurements, interpret data and develop reports
  • Designing, running, testing and upgrading systems and processes
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and review the technical plans for the improvement of production and facility equipment.
  • Problem Solver: Ability to think outside the box, find constructive solutions, act proactively and independently
  • Team Player: Respects solutions that are efficiently and effectively found through collaboration and cooperation
  • Project Manager: Ability to plan and execute both small and mid-sized projects from start to finish


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, statistics, mathematics, or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years work experience with a proven track record of building and developing reliability processes and systems.
  • Possess a strong knowledge of design, specification, and implementation of food\pharmaceutical processing systems
  • Lean\Six Sigma Certification
  • Strong communication skills
  • RE and MM certification preferred. 
  • Ability to deliver specific organizational goals and effectively develop, grow and manage a diverse multisite team to achieve objectives. 
  • Track record of engaging teams and creating a collaborative culture.
  • Applicants must be over 21 years old and have a driver’s license before being hired in addition to be passing all background check, drug tests, and pre-employment screenings on conflict resolution, and de-escalation tactics

At GTI we believe that our corporate community should be a reflection of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity across race, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, experience, and thought—not only because it is right, but because it makes us better. Our mission—the right to wellness—informs our commitment to champion economic opportunities in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs through employment and community involvement. GTI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.
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GTI is located in River North, a short walk from the Chicago Brown Line and near the Ohio expressway entrance.

What are Green Thumb Industries (GTI) Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
GTI offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees to be used on transit and ride sharing apps!
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
GTI has a 420 Happy Hour which occurs on a monthly basis hosted by rotating team members who create a theme-based event.
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