Highgrade Labs is a multi-state operator in the rapidly expanding legal cannabis market. Headquartered in Oklahoma and co-founded by a West Point graduate (class of 2010), we are focused on hiring driven, entrepreneurial Academy graduates to run operations in expansion states.
Highgrade provides cannabis growers and processors with analytical testing and R&D services. Before cannabis producers can sell their flower, edibles or vape pens, those products must first be tested for potency and terpenes, as well as harmful pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents and microbes. Experts predict the legal cannabis market could grow to $500 billion in the next decade. Similar to the pharmaceutical industry, every cannabis product must be tested both 1) to ensure safety and 2) to help differentiate one product from the next. In states where Highgrade operates, 1-2% of the price of cannabis is paid in testing costs – equal to a market that could be worth $5 billion annually.
About the Program
Highgrade is actively recruiting Academy graduates to run state operations for expansion labs. Ideal candidates would be entrepreneurial by nature and comfortable learning to run all aspects of the operation, from hiring to business development, with administrative support provided by the corporate office.
We loathe bureaucracy – Business Directors at Highgrade Labs are given authority to make decisions and run their business. Key responsibilities include:
- Manage team of 5-20 individuals, most with advanced chemistry or biology degrees
- Execute business development efforts with potential clients
- Coordinate logistics, including fleet of vehicles, to collect samples throughout the state
- Work with executive management to track costs, profitability and accounts receivable aging
Case Study: Oklahoma City Lab
Our Oklahoma City laboratory was founded in 2019. Below are a few key stats to provide an idea of the scale of an illustrative expansion business.
- 24 employees
- 8,700 sqft building near downtown Oklahoma City
- Payroll of ~$1.2 million
- 1,300 clients
We offer a competitive pay package depending on experience and location. In addition to a salary, net profits interest and health insurance, we also offer the opportunity to learn hands-on entrepreneurship from the ownership and executive management team that built the business from scratch.