Director, Commercialization & Flavor Innovation


McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Director, Commercialization & Flavor Innovation. This new hire will work at McCormick's Technical Innovation Center (TIC) in Hunt Valley, MD. The Director, Commercialization & Flavor Innovation will report to Senior Director, Flavor Design & Application. 


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.


Position Overview

Under the general direction of the Senior Director, Flavor Design & Applications and Vice President, North America Flavor Solutions, The Director, Commercialization & Flavor Innovation  is responsible for administering and directing the operations of the US Flavor Product Development. Responsibility is exercised with the highest possible degree of independence. Maintains frequent contact with a broad range of McCormick business functions and cross-divisional technical leadership.


Key Resonsibilities 

  • Directs all pre-commercialization operations of the USFS Flavor laboratories – including formula optimization, formula risk assessment. Leads efforts to develop and implement best practices for the group.
  • Responsible for flavor raw material integrity – vendor relationships, specifications, risk assessment.
  • Develops plans to assure that USFS Flavorists’ immediate and future technical needs are fully supported. Sets and leads tactical and strategic direction for the Flavor group. Involvement in the flavorist training program. Responsible for leading the Flavor COE for USFS.
  • Actively collaborates with the Research & Innovation team in developing novel technology and acts as a liaison to the Flavorist and applications teams to coordinate the sharing of product innovations and technical information across global markets.
  • Coordinates all cross-divisional formula transfers and ensures that appropriate USFS formula control and security is maintained
  • Represents flavor capabilities and strategy to customers as needed.
  • Develops policies and procedures as needs are identified within area of responsibility.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Biology or related field
  • 8 years of flavor formulation experience.
  • 2 years of manufacturing and scale-up product commercialization experience.
  • 5 years of demonstrated success leading teams of 5-10 professionals.
  • Understands competitive dynamics of food product categories.
  • Able to assess Brand product strengths and weaknesses.
  • Knowledgeable in flavor formulation and process development.
  • Able to guide teams to identify and address issues and develop capabilities to address future needs.
  • Able to effectively utilize network of internal and external resources to address technical/business problems.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with internal and external functional groups.
  • Demonstrated experience on taking projects to successful completion. 
  • Has record of taking activities and accomplishments to higher level. 
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain support and participation from members of other teams and departments to achieve the required objectives.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • SFC certified flavorist preferred


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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