Beverage Flavorist - Geneva, IL

Geneva, IL, US, 60134

You may know McCormick as a leader in herbs, spices, seasonings, and condiments – and we’re only getting started. At McCormick, we’re always looking for new people to bring their unique flavor to our team.

McCormick employees – all 14,000 of us across the world – are what makes this company a great place to work.


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in specialty flavor. With over $6 billion in annual sales across 170 countries and territories, we manufacture, market and distribute spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and specialty flavor products to the entire food industry including e-commerce channels, grocery, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. Our most popular brands with trademark registrations include McCormick, French's, Frank's RedHot, Stubb's, OLD BAY, Lawry's, Zatarain's, Ducros, Vahiné, Cholula, Schwartz, Kamis, DaQiao, Club House, Aeroplane and Gourmet Garden. Every day, no matter where or what you eat or drink, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick.


We are looking to hire a Beverage Flavorist at our McFONA labs in Geneva, IL.


What We Bring to The Table:

The best people deserve the best rewards. In addition to the benefits you’d expect from a global leader (401k, health insurance, paid time off, etc.) we also offer:

• Competitive compensation

• Career growth opportunities

• Flexibility and Support for Diverse Life Stages and Choices

• We prioritize our communities and the planet we share. We are proud to be awarded as a Diversity Inc. Top 50 company for Diversity and have multiple Sustainability awards (ranking #22 in the World and #1 in Food Products)

• Wellbeing programs including Physical, Mental and Financial wellness

• Tuition assistance



This role will work in the Beverage and/or Functional Nutrition Business Unit. The Flavorist will independently create and evaluate flavors for a variety of applications with the use of proprietary technologies. This role will interface with customers, multiple R&D teams, responding to specific project requests. Additionally, the Flavorist promotes the commercialization of flavors with QA/production and supports on any challenges in the flavor manufacturing plant.




  • Creation of flavors for products providing great tasting and cost optimized flavors for Industrial Customers.
  • Self-directing on complex projects including planning and leading cross functional project teams, defining, and assessing project requirements and designing and managing experiments.
  • Commercialization of flavors (understanding of processes and operations for product manufacture) and troubleshooting problems.
  • Interface and communicate project status with customers and commercial team.
  • Supervise and instruct lower-level employees.
  • Proactively evaluate and assess new ingredients and technologies and work to develop areas that may need improvement.



  • BS in Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field.
  • Certified member of the Society of Flavor Chemist.
  • At least 10 years of total experience in the field of flavor development, preferably beverages.
  • In-depth understanding of ingredients and technology involved with flavor formation, application, and stability.
  • Knowledgeable in raw materials, manufacturing processes, quality assurance programs and food regulations.
  • An in depth understanding of ingredients and technology along with their impact on product taste and functionality.
  • Skilled in catalog of flavor raw materials and functionality, processing methods
  • Experienced in commercialization of flavors in production, QA release and trouble shooting.
  • Has excellent ability in taste discrimination and flavor descriptor vocabulary.
  • Ability for 10-15% travel




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.


As a general policy, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future. 




United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago