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Position: R&D Director Flavour Solutions EMEA

Based: Haddenham, UK



The Flavour Solutions (FS) Director sets strategic direction and links R&D FS teams to the business strategy ensuring cross-functional alignment and engagement at all levels. They ensure the correct structures, resources and talent are in place. They lead the EMEA FS Product Development (PD) and Process teams (seasonings, beverage & condiments) across multiple sites/countries and deploy appropriate resource and skills against development projects, Directs inter-team and cross-functional working when required. Encourage a culture of pro-active idea generation and innovative spirit that contributes to the development of long-term business strategy. Encourages a culture of pro-active idea generation and innovative spirit.





Key responsibilities & accountabilities


  • Sets strategic direction that links the R&D Flavour Solutions team to business strategy ensuring cross functional alignment and engagement at all levels. Critical member of Flavour Solutions Commercial Leadership Team. Accountable for stakeholder management across the business to support the prioritisation and achievement of business objectives.
  • Leads the EMEA Flavour Solutions Product Development and Process improvement teams (seasonings, meals, coating, condiments) across multiple sites and countries and deploys appropriate resource and skills against development projects, directing inter-team and cross-functional working when required.
  • Directs and prioritises timely and accurate responses to product development and process improvements which enable execution of the Flavour Solutions strategic plan for growth and profit improvement.
  • Leads Flavour Solutions R&D activities that support the EMEA productivity improvement programme (CCI) to improve margin performance that delivers a competitive edge and is wholly aligned to business objectives.
  • Lead Flavour Solutions business continuity & capacity expansion projects that are instrumental to unlocking growth roadmaps and enhancing profitability.
  • Builds and maintains relationships and a network of business partners internal and external to the organisation that enable the development of best in class practices across the zone, knowledge transfer and development of regional technology roadmaps.
  • Establishes effective ways of working with relevant technical Customer Service Teams, Site QA and Operations teams to ensure local teams implement regional projects.
  • Represents EMEA Flavour Solutions R&D functions in relevant Global and Pan-European customer engagements both on-site and at the customers’ facilities.
  • Contributes strategic thinking to Long Term Planning for the EMEA region as well as Global R&D Strategy.
  • Builds technological and leadership capabilities across Flavour Solutions Product Development team by developing an efficient regional team committed to excellence, performance and shared accountability.  Develops and selects the best talent and invests in staff development programmes and succession planning.
  • Manages all aspects of talent and performance management for Flavour Solutions R&D. Raises awareness and promotes the capabilities of the product development and process team throughout the business.
  • Encourages a culture of pro-active idea generation and innovative spirit.
  • Provides effective leadership, communication and change management.
  • Manages proprietary information and implements systems and programs for organisational effectiveness.


         Success Factors


  • Strong strategic leadership and people engagement in multi-site/multi-country environment.
  • Customer Intimacy as fundamental Product Development principle
  • Proactive identification of customer needs and identification of relevant programmes to address these.
  • Confidence and strong relationships with Business Leads, Commercial and Customers.
  • Delivery of prioritised Flavour Solutions NPD Programme aligned to business strategy.
  • Contributes wholly to the successful achievement of business results.
  • Strong networks inside and outside the organisation unlocks technical advantage.
  • NPD Team focused and engaged.
  • Effectively manages performance, talent development and leverages collective strengths of team to achieve results.
  • Plans in place to grow depth of talent to support EMEA PD needs including succession.
  • Able to influence, innovate, strategize, prioritise and execute through effective team leadership.





         •    Degree level qualification in a technical (preferably food science or technology) discipline




  • More than 10 years proven experience in the food industry including some customer (B2B) relationship management in leadership role
  • Operational and strategic experience gained in a multi-cultural, multi-site and matrix working environment
  • EMEA knowledge, multi-lingual capability preferable and experience working outside home country a distinct advantage.



        Technical knowledge and experience 


  • Proven experience of managing larger diverse teams preferably across different countries
  • Successful track record of leadership in a related function
  • Strong proven knowledge of designing ‘dry/seasoning’ and condiments products and the associated technologies
  • Strong Ingredient knowledge
  • Knowledge of Flavour science/technology is a distinct advantage


        Personal Attributes


  • Relationships builder (internal and external) with strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • A proven leader who is able to balance strategic thinking with a hands-on, operational approach that is results driven.
  • Collaborative but decisive with influencing skills that win the confidence of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Passion for culinary and creative skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity, ambition, confidence and enthusiasm, coupled with the capacity and motivation to learn.
  • The flexibility to work up and down the organisation and lead from a distance.


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, colour, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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.