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Food Technologist – Issaquah, WA

Talking Rain





Job Details




Issaquah - Issaquah, WA


Full Time


4 Year Degree










Talking Rain Beverage Company, the makers of Sparkling Ice, is looking for a Food Technologist to join our Innovation team. We are looking for people that can bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to our company. This position is responsible for leading product development from ideation through commercialization.

Essential Functions

  • Leads Beverage formulation projects from benchtop to commercialization. Uses knowledge of flavors and flavor chemistry to develop formulas and provide direction in product formulation
  • Researches into ingredients, beverage and flavor technology to support the RD team and rest of the department through a network of vendors and suppliers.
  • Contribute effectively to New Product Development process from ideation to commercialization (e.g. actively provide technical perspective for new and renovated products including labeling, claims and ingredients.)
  • Keep lab ingredient and material inventory updated by meticulous planning and management.
  • Work on formula costing sheets during the product development cycle.
  • Provides technical expertise and support for formulation and technical issues of all projects.
  • Interacts and communicates with cross departmental teams to ensure project success
  • Key technical leader in research and development of new products and continuing support of existing products through commercialization and start up.
  • Actively identifies opportunities to solve product quality problems, to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Utilizes excellent written and verbal communication and can provide decisive decision making during the life course of a project.
  • Support technicians during product development including but not limited to new idea generation, prototype development, product optimization, production start-up for test market and national launching of new products.
  • Plans and tracks project budgets including capital and expense requirements.
  • Contact vendors for related information, as and when necessary. Work with supplier network to deliver meaningful impact to the company (cost reduction, innovations, etc.)
  • Utilize the ESHA Genesis R&D Software program to determine nutritional and calorie information.
  • Supports Talking Rain's Technology strategies by documenting data and independent, unique and patentable ideas that results from experimentations and concept generation activities.
  • Stay abreast of latest developments in the field of food technology.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management
  • Support idea development
  • Socialize Innovation internally
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Interaction and Environment

Reports to: Director of Beverage Technology

Direct Reports: N/A


Values and Traits

  • Hands-on to execute tasks a tactical and operational level with the ability to switch to a strategic mindset whenever needed.
  • Initiative to intuitively execute tasks without the benefit of written procedures or requests.
  • Passionate and positive to genuinely love what you do, approaching each situation with optimism and energy.
  • Creative to turn ideas, concepts, dreams into reality. We are looking for people who bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to our company.
  • Energetic and enthusiastic when executing plans and interacting with others.
  • Collaborative to work as part of a team with individuals and groups at all levels in the organization.
  • High integrity, with the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information, responding effectively to inquiries.
  • Commitment to excellence with an exceptionally high attention to detail.
  • Professional to express ideas in a respectful and composed manner while being sensitive to other people’s believes, positions, and overall personal brands.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize data and deliver relevant information to enable results driven decision-making, and achievement of goals.
  • Ability to leverage emotional intelligence to adapt style, vocabulary, and content to the audience, with effective active listening skills.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in food science or related BS degree from an accredited college or university required
  • At least 4 years of experience in food and beverage development
  • Strong working knowledge of food science principles, food manufacturing processes and ingredient functionality required
  • Working knowledge of FDA regulations as it applies to CPG industry is desirable but not required
  • Ability to employ advanced interpretation of data and make recommendations
  • Excellent analytical, teamwork, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products
  • ESHA/Genesis nutritional software system knowledge desired but not required.
  • Certified Food Scientist credentials preferred but not require
  • CPG experience preferred


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