Better Buying is Hiring: Research Associate

June 12, 2020

Better Buying Institute (BBI) promotes the improvement of buyer purchasing practices, supply chain management, worker conditions, and the natural environment.  BBI’s primary activities include: (i) independent research, (ii) the operation and management of a ratings and evaluation platform on which suppliers provide information about their buyer customers relating to various aspects of purchasing practices  and (iii) projects and training on supply chain industry practices to support innovation.

The Research Associate will be involved in all phases of Better Buying’s research, including creating and refining data collection instruments, communicating with suppliers located around the world to manage data collection and ensure quality and validity of data, analyzing and interpreting complex quantitative and qualitative data using SPSS and NVIVO software, using advanced statistical testing techniques, and contributing to report writing for differing industry audiences. Additionally, the Research Associate will work with the platform administrator during new developmental and data collection phases, conducting systematic user acceptance testing to identify and resolve technical errors, and ensuring that questionnaires and algorithms are performing as designed. The Research Associate will also support other projects and administrative work as assigned by the President.

The successful candidate will have a Master of Science degree in a fashion/apparel-related or other supply-chain focused field, plus graduate coursework in sustainability. Apparel industry experience, especially in global manufacturing is expected, as is experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods and experience working with computer programmers. Experience effectively managing others is preferred. Fluency in English, both oral and written and ability to work pro-actively, flexibly and independently from a remote location is required.

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume to apply@betterbuying.org. Include “Research Associate” in the subject line of the email message. No phone calls please.

Better Buying Institute  is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers all applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


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