Senior Scientist - Savory Flavor Design & Applications

Company: McCormick & Company, Inc ( Learn More )

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US-MD-Hunt Valley
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McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor & seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Senior Scientist – Savoy Flavor Design and Applications at the Technical Innovation Center (TIC) located at 204 Wight Avenue Road in Hunt Valley, MD.  This Senior Scientist will report to a Director – Flavor Creation and Applications.

With more than $4 billion in annual sales, McCormick 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 McCormick flavored.  McCormick makes every meal and moment better™!  To learn more, please visit

As an employer recognized for our exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick & Co., Inc. offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services including but not limited to tuition assistance, medical & dental, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing plan, paid holidays and paid 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. 


This Senior Scientist will support the Savory Flavor Design and Applications Team through applying and evaluating flavors in a variety of finished products.


  • Leading creative flavor applications and prototype development in meals, crackers, soups, sauces, gravies, and salty snack products, providing excellent flavor applications support for industrial customers
  • Contributing to technically driven business development activities in the Flavor Applications area
  • Facilitating complex projects including planning and leading cross functional project teams, defining and assessing project requirements and designing and managing experiments
  • Building competency within the area of Flavor Applications
  • Providing support as internal expert on projects performed in other Product Development (PD) groups within McCormick 
  • Collecting and interpreting test data
  • Utilizing a strong understanding of consumer & general sensory testing, including PD application
  • Developing model systems for flavor performance evaluation
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with key customers and vendors at all levels
  • Serving as mentor and talent developer for less experienced technical colleagues
  • Researching and assessing new ingredients & technologies for PD improvement
  • Collaborating with outside consultants, and / or with vendors on special projects

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry, or related technical field
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the food and/or flavor industry including:
  • at least 3 years of savory flavor applications in a flavor house AND/OR at least 3 years’ savory product development within a consumer products company
  • Strong experience with flavor delivery systems, ingredients and flavors
  • Experience supervising employees and leading teams
  • Experience with consumer and sensory testing, including its application to product development
  • Project management experience with the ability to lead and manage a project team of Flavorists and Application personnel while adhering to deadlines
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Experience effectively collaborating across levels and functions within the organization and with external customers and vendors
  • Ability to interpret scientific data, including sensory and analytical results
  • Experience successfully collaborating with diverse groups of people
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment
  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • Curiosity and innovative thinking
  • A passionate interest in food
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 15% of the time

  • MS degree and/or PhD in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry, or related field
  • Experience with thermal processing such as retort and HTST
  • Experience with SAP
  • Experience with product formulary and retrieval systems
  • Culinary interest and/or related training
  • McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future.  You must be lawfully authorized to commence work upon being offered employment.

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