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Department Manager, Flavors


McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Department Manager - Flavors to join the team at our Flavor Manufacturing Center in Hunt Valley, MD. This position will report to the Operations Manager. 

With more than $5 billion in annual sales, the Company 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 flavored by McCormick. McCormick makes every moment and meal better

As a company recognized for 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.




Position Overview:

Under the general direction of the Operations Leader, provides strategic leadership for the Flavors unit within a high-performance plant.  Establishes critical operational objectives, goals, strategies and measures, plans for continuous improvement and creates new and innovative strategies necessary to consistently meet our customer’s expectations.  Has overall accountability for the performance of Flavors and the impact on the larger operating unit. Leads team managers and/or staff to achieve exceptional business results through the development of people and continuous improvement of manufacturing and supply chain processes. Participates as an active member of the site leadership team and ensures that strategies across functions are aligned to create common objectives for all departments and achieve plant goals. Manage and develop direct reports. Requires comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles within their own functional area and also requires basic knowledge of these elements in other relevant functional areas in order to participate in the resolution of issues that have an impact beyond the area or impact multiple areas. 



  • Monitor and meet all key performance indicators for developing action plans to meet targets and provide necessary support and direction to operations areas to ensure quality, reliability, safety, sanitation, and fit for use objectives are met.
  • Plan for technological, preventive maintenance and engineering improvements for operations and provide for principle-based operations, improvements for cost per unit, accuracy of records and operational efficiencies.
  • Ensure compliance with organizational policies and procedures, and national, regional and local regulations. Actively pursue sustainability processes. Ensure a safe working environment ensuring that all employees understand their role and commitment to the safe operation of the plant
  • Ensure adherence to McCormick High Performance System models by providing appropriate coaching and development for 3 - 6 direct reports. Create and maintain a positive employee relations environment, ensuring utilization of a participative approach.
  • Will develop and manage departmental budget. Will measure and report performance for each business unit.
  • Works collaboratively with support departments i.e., Scheduling, Quality, Engineering/Maintenance, Materials Management, Human Resources to ensure that all key processes, projects, and programs are completed successfully.
  • Manage departmental budget and take appropriate actions to meet budget.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years relevant experience.
  • Strong leadership experience with demonstrated success in managing multiple projects and people.
  • Comprehensive understanding of how department level results impact both the site’s results and overall division results
  • Strong communication, influencing and diplomacy skills required.
  • Ability to translate strategy into actionable objectives.
  • Ability to negotiate with vendors, suppliers, engineering and contractors. 





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: Baltimore