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External Manufacturing Operations Lead


McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time External Manufacturing Operations Lead to support our North America procurement operations. The External Manufacturing Operations Lead will report to the Americas External Manufacturing Director. The position will ideally be based at McCormick's global headquarters in Hunt Valley, MD but considerations may be made for candidates in the Dallas, Atlanta, or Chicago areas. The role is eligible to participate in our hybrid work program (50% onsite and 50% remote per month). 


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor with approximately 13,000 employees worldwide. As a Fortune 500 company with over $6.3 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 External Manufacturing Operations - Lead is a critical role that interfaces with assigned key External Manufacturers (EMs) to support both internal and externally facing cross-functional teams and assist in managing the operations of McCormick’s external network of suppliers. Additionally, this role will work strategically to identify both insourcing and outsourcing opportunities across the network, identify and drive savings in the External Manufacturing space.



  • Manages, tracks KPIs with External Manufacturers (EM) and be accountable for their performance to deliver business needs (Assurance of supply, Compliance, CCI, Process Innovations/changes, Operational Performance Management);
  • Lead or participate in regular reviews (S&OP, Capacity, Planning, Quality, etc.), engage EMs in lean process improvements and leading operations as the virtual Plant Manager of the EMs sites.
  • Own the manufacturing element of commercialization as it relates to NPDs, Make vs Buy, and any Cost Out changes at EMs.
  • Lead cross-functional (eg: quality, supply planning, etc.) teamwork to drive alignment on key issues, deliverables, timelines, and strategies to ensure smooth EM operation.
  • Is Go-to person for any new business evaluation with current EM 
  • Lead and implement cost initiatives while developing mutually beneficial solutions with EMs.
  • Deliver on financial, service, reliability, quality, innovation, and growth commitments.
  • Partners with Supply Chain Planning, Network Design and EM Procurement to develop long term manufacturing network strategy.
  • Stays abreast with industry and policy changes and identifies implications and opportunities for their area of EM.
  • Create & Manage on-boarding plan for new EM. Participates and actively engages into new EM due diligence assessment (site visit)
  • Analyze manufacturing best practices within facilities and look to implement these practices into the strategic EMs.



  • Bachelors Degree Engineering, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Food Science        
  • Minimum 5 years experience, strong working knowledge of all aspects of food manufacturing, packaging, processing, and distribution.
  • Knowledge and experience with plant operations, packaging and processing equipment
  • Experience developing and writing procedures with cross functional teams.
  • Prior experience working across multiple disciplines and departments internal and external to the organization. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of FSMA. Knowledge of HPWS systems.
  • Knowledge of packaging and process engineering
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively lead and coach teams to solve problems, multi-task, deliver continuous improvement initiatives, and establish sound operating procedures.
  • Excellent cross functional communication skills and influence
  • Proficiency in the application of statistical methods.
  • Detail oriented, strong interpersonal and teamwork abilities, demonstrated communication and organizational skills, self-starter, able to work both independently and in partnership with others.
  • Mastery in MS Office (Excel, Access, Project, PowerPoint, Word.
  • Experience in developing, managing, and operating external manufacturing programs
  • Experience managing activates and delivering value-based solutions
  • Expert influencing and negotiation skills
  • Good understanding of broader business objectives and the implications of strategic planning/partnering
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and corresponding ability to make decisions or recommendations on incomplete information



  • SAP experience 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.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore