Research Associate - Issaquah, WA
TalkingRain Beverage Co.
4 Year Degree
Talking Rain, the maker of Sparkling
Ice, is looking for passionate, creative, energetic and collaborative
individuals to join a team that develops great tasting beverages. We are
looking for people that can bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to our company.
The key focus of the position is supporting BTI department through designing
and analysis of product, consumer, and shelf life testing.
- Designs statistical models and
data collection methodologies for consumer focused research. Analyze and
interpret quantitative data using statistical analysis software programs
such as R, SAS, or XL Stat. Prepare reports using data visualization
techniques, such as charts and graphs, to illustrate the results in
concise, non-technical language.
- Evaluate syndicated point of sale
data (IRI) and provide recommendations as needed.
- Analyze data for each new product
launch to set packaging materials specification.
- Analyze Process Capability
Indices (Cp, Cpk,
Pp, Ppk) to measure capability of manufacturing
process to meet quality specifications.
- Analyze data using SPC
(Statistical Process Control) to control excessive quality and process
variation in manufacturing.
- Reviews Zontec
to understand setting up alarms, assignable cause codes, control charts
- Performs valid and reliable SWOT
analysis on vendors and projects.
- Develops and implement data
collection systems and other strategies to optimize statistical
efficiency and data quality.
- Explores new tests, processes,
and methods to improve knowledge of consumer and product during
- Designs, record and analyze shelf
life and shelf life data. Researches into novel shelf life methodology
- Supports Talking Rainís
Technology strategies by documenting data and independent, unique and patentable
ideas that results from experimentations and concept generation
- Work with supplier network to
deliver meaningful impact to the company (cost reduction, innovations,
- Ensure food safety, quality, and
SQF practices are followed at all times, notifying immediate supervisor
of any food safety and/or quality issues.
- Complete other responsibilities
Interaction and Environment
Reports to: Research and Development
Values and Traits
- High integrity, with the
ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information, responding
effectively to inquiries.
- Commitment to excellence, ensuring accuracy
of reports and projections through analytical and abstract reasoning
skills, plus organizational skills and ability to analyze data.
- Excellent collaboration
skills with the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups
at all organization levels; ability to work independently and as part of
- Initiative, with the ability to deal with
new tasks without the benefit of written procedures.
- Patience and excellent oral communication
skillsómaintaining composure, effectiveness, and flexibility
- Positivity, approaching each situation with
optimism and energy.
- Ability to analyze and synthesize
data and deliver relevant information to enable results driven
decision-making, and achievement of strategic and operational goals.
- Serving with purpose, an
energy and enthusiasm towards learning and applying new information,
critical in our fast paced, dynamic environment.
- Excellent communicator who can
express ideas clearly and concisely both verbally and in written form.
Ability to leverage emotional intelligence to adapt style,
vocabulary, and content to the audience, with effective active listening
- Persevering problem solver, adept at
troubleshooting and resolving problems.
- Strong analytical skills with the
ability to accurately define task parameters and objectives, then gather
detailed, relevant data from appropriate sources.
- Ability to accommodate a flexible
schedule, occasionally working evenings and weekends as needed for
- Professional, business-like
appearance and demeanor.
Education and Experience
- Bachelorís degree in Food
Science, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics or related field required.
- Minimum of one (1) year of
food/beverage data analysis preferred.
- Proficiency with the Microsoft