Senior Scientist, Beverages - Geneva, IL

Geneva, IL, US, 60134

McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Senior Scientist, Beverages. This new hire will work at McFONA, located in Geneva, IL. The Senior Scientist, Beverages will report to a Director - Flavor Design and Applications.


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor with approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. With over $6 billion in annual sales across 160 countries and territories, we manufacture, market, and distribute spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the entire food industry including e-commerce, retail,food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. Our most popular brands 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. Our Purpose is "To Stand Together for the Future of Flavor and our Vision is "A World United by Flavor—where healthy, sustainable and delicious go hand in hand."


As a company recognized for its exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick offers a wide variety of benefits, programs, and services. Benefits include, but are not limited to, tuition assistance, medical, dental, vision, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, paid holidays, and vacations.



The Senior Scientist will independently develop and evaluate flavor systems for application and evaluation of flavors with the use of proprietary technologies in support of customers and McCormick. Additionally, this role will be the interface with customers, R&D teams, and assist in responding to specific project requests. Assist and leverage the development of new flavors/ingredients and new methodologies and contribute to technically driven business development activities in the Beverage Flavor applications area.



  • Leading flavor applications and prototype development in beverage products and providing excellent flavor applications support for Industrial Customers.
  • 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 Beverage Flavor Applications.
  • Project Management: Plan and lead project teams, defining and assessing of project requirements, designing, and managing experiments.
  • Investigate and assess new ingredients and technologies.
  • Provide support as an internal expert on projects performed in other groups within McCormick, with outside consultants, and / or with vendors.
  • Commercialization of products (understanding of processes and operations for product manufacture) and troubleshooting problems.
  • Offer Technical Support for formulations to Operation and Quality functions.  
  • Interface and communicate project status with customers and commercial team.
  • Supervise and instruct lower-level employees.



  • BSc in Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the food and/or flavor industry including:
    • At least 3 yrs. of Beverage Flavor applications in a flavor house AND/OR
    • At least 3 yrs. of Beverage Product Development within a consumer products company.
  • Strong experience with Beverage Flavor Delivery Systems, Ingredients and Flavors
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to interpret data and solve complex problems with incomplete information.
  • Ability to manage risk in making critical decisions.
  • Project management and ability to interact, seek advice, teach, influence, and negotiate.
  • Demonstrate the ability to influence across the organization.
  • Ability to make presentations that cover technical topics, R&D capabilities, etc.
  • An in-depth understanding of ingredients and technology along with their impact on product taste and functionality.
  • Knowledge of food industry food ingredients, manufacturing processes, quality assurance programs and food regulations.
  • Proficient in product development and commercialization across a wide variety of finished product application categories.
  • Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, demonstrated aptitude for complexity and managing in a complex environment, an innovative imagination, and the ability to operate in "grey" space.




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.

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