Sr Flavorist, Health & Nutrition

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 Senior Flavorist, Health and Nutrition 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



The Senior Flavorist, Health and Nutrition 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 Senior Flavorist promotes the commercialization of flavors with QA/production and supports on any challenges in the flavor manufacturing plant.



  • Leading flavor creation in a variety of products and providing excellent 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.
  • Close collaboration with the McFONA analytical teams.
  • Provide support as an internal expert on projects performed in other groups within McCormick, with outside consultants, and / or with vendors.
  • Commercialization of flavors (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.
  • 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
  • Minimum 5-10 years’ experience as Certified Flavor Chemist, after examination.
  • At least 12 years of total experience in the field of flavor development.
  • Recognized as a technical flavor expert. Gains recognition of expertise areas by peers and/or customers.
  • Proven track record of commercial success in flavor and flavor application development.
  • In-depth understanding of ingredients and technology involved with flavor formation, application, and stability.
  • Expert in raw materials, manufacturing processes, quality assurance programs and food regulations.
  • Maintains up to date awareness of literature, influencing project direction and proposing new technology areas to pursue within field
  • Ability to make presentations that cover technical topics, R&D capabilities, etc.
  • Ability to manage risk in making critical decisions
  • Ability to interpret data and solve complex problems with incomplete information.
  • Supports & embraces change while continuing to improve technical & interpersonal skills
  • Shows awareness of opportunities for improving processes in area(s) of expertise and brings suggestions to appropriate teams. Generates & implements ideas to improve / optimize experimental routes.
  • Demonstrates a high level of scientific and practical ability to apply experimental design & application of scientific method
  • Project management and ability to interact, seek advice, teach, influence, and negotiate. Manages projects within budget.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of food industry food ingredients, manufacturing processes, quality assurance programs and food regulations
  • Effectively works well in a team and matrix environment and has excellent communication skills.
  • Has excellent ability in taste discrimination and flavor descriptor vocabulary.
  • Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, demonstrated aptitude for complexity and managing in a complex environment, an innovative imagination and the ability to operate in "grey" space.
  • 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