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McCormick & Co., Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor & seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Senior Scientist – Production Developmentwithin the Custom Flavor Solutions business segmentat the Technical Innovation Center (TIC) located at 204 Wight Avenue Road in Hunt Valley, MD.  This Senior Scientist will report to the Director Product Development – Custom Flavor Solutions.


With more than $4 billion in annual sales, the Company manufactures markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses.  We create differentiating flavors consumers prefer with unmatched quality, science, innovation and service.  Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick.  McCormick brings passion to flavor™!


As an employer recognized for our exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick & Co., Inc. offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services which address the needs of employees and their families.  Benefits include, but are not limited to tuition assistance, medical & dental, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), defined contribution plan, paid holidays and vacations.




McCormick’s R&D has an unparalleled record of successful innovation creating flavors for products that matter.  Today, more than ever, our team of top sensory, analytical, & materials scientists and research chefs – our innovation enablers – are helping us develop a new generation of tools to create products to satisfy consumers’ quests for authentic, premium flavor, to meet the exploding demand for positive nutrition, and to address the critical need for sustainable manufacturing and food safety.


We provide a high quality R&D environment with an emphasis on teamwork, customer satisfaction, and interdepartmental cooperation.  State-of-the-art equipment and facilities exist in laboratories devoted both to basic and applied research and product development with excellence in chemistry, microbiology, microscopy, molecular biology, engineering, sensory science, culinary science, & flavor and seasoning creation and applications.  Our “passion for flavor”extends to customers around the globe. 




Reporting to the Director of Product Development, the Senior Scientist will provide technical support for customers in the Custom Flavor Solutions business segment.  The Senior Scientist will establish, maintain, and drive best practices in customer intimacy engagement and product development, and will execute the creation of market preferred products through bench top product development, leveraging McCormick innovation and corporate technical resources. This role will provide technical leadership and expertise in McCormick’s US Industrial Group (USIG) technical community, and will be responsible for substantial direct customer contact and involvement with internal McCormick business partners in addition to external customers.




  • Provide Seasonings Product Development support to our customers to include building and sustaining relationships across multiple levels and functions within customers’ organizations, and providing insight and technical input for strategies to grow our business. 
  • Deliver flavor solutions in a cost effective manner while driving technical insulation to provide competitive advantage in the market place
  • Design and execute project plans that deliver appropriate business return for our product development investment
  • Create market-preferred products through bench top product development, leveraging culinary input, technical innovation and consumer insights.
  • Advance the Technical Competency within the USIG organization through employee mentoring & coaching, as well as continued personal development.
  • Actively network within the industry to stay current with latest technology advances, customer requirements and consumer trends.
  • Participate in various USIG/TIC programs and team projects




  • BS Degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or related field
  • Minimum 10 years of product development experience including at least 3 years of large account responsibilities
  • Demonstrated technical expertise / PD experience, and seasonings product development.
  • High level of communication, presentation and collaboration skills across levels and functions within McCormick and externally with customers
  • Deep understanding of B2B relationships and how to leverage technical affiliations to drive business growth together with a willingness and ability to deliver outstanding customer engagement
  • Knowledge of competencies and capabilities of the industry vendor community and McCormick competition
  • Experience solving complex technical challenges to deliver both market preferred flavors and excellent functionality
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable and to manage challenging clients and situations
  • Experience leading and following simultaneously in a role which does not include significant direct management responsibilities
  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment
  • Strong business sense and intuitive understanding of how to productively navigate within and adjust to various corporate cultures
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 10 – 20%




  • MS Degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or related field
  • Experience supervising employees and leading teams
Job overview
Company :
Location :Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Job Status/Type :Full Time, Employee
Job Category :Biotech/R&D/Science
Occupations :General/Other: R&D/Science
Industry :Food and Beverage Production
Reference Code :6361
Company overview
McCormick is a global leader in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of spices, herbs, seasonings, specialty foods and flavors to the entire food industry. From our first products in 1889 to the innovative spices, seasonings and flavorings we now offer, McCormick has always brought our customers and consumers the best ingredients and expertise available. Through the years, our company has grown in accordance with certain core values and beliefs. We conduct our business ethically in a manner driven by our respect for our industry, our employees, our communities where we live and work and our environment. It is a recipe for success that has served us since 1889.