Senior Sensory Scientist - Hunt Valley


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.


We are looking to hire a Senior Sensory Scientist immediately at our Technical Innovation Center in Hunt Valley, MD. 


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


Position Overview

The Senior Sensory Scientist plans, collects, analyzes, interprets and reports accurate sensory and consumer data that results in actionable product development guidance. This Scientist delivers excellent sensory and consumer guidance to research projects, the development and improvement of new and existing products, and the development and implementation of best practice sensory methodology.  This role also includes managing the best practices and policies for the McCormick global sensory community.  It would involve communicating best practices; advising global sensory colleagues on sensory questions; and heading up the global sensory scientist community with monthly virtual meetings.


Key Responsibilities

  • Identifies the specific sensory and consumer research needs of product development teams and other customers
  • Designs, implements, analyzes, interprets and reports research results that evaluates the performance of products, guide the product development process, and support product innovation
  • Frames product developers’ research needs into actionable sensory and consumer studies
  • Provides technical direction and mentoring to global sensory community.  Documents policies and protocols and communicates McCormick sensory best practices for global sensory community
  • Assists in the development of new, improved and/or more cost effective descriptive and consumer science research tools, methods and processes


Secondary Responsibilities

  • Works with key stakeholders to develop their understanding of Consumer Science and the value to the businesses with the goal of having Consumer Science integral to business and processes
  • Conducts research and development in the areas of Sensory Science that are of interest to the corporation
  • Stays current with literature and information about sensory evaluation


Required Qualifications

  • MS in Sensory Science, Food Science, Statistics, Psychology or another related field
  • 7 to 10 years experience in Sensory and Consumer Research. 
  • General understanding of how the food industry performs. 
  • Detailed and advanced understanding of the Sensory Field and all of it's functions.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Compusense Software in Sensory;  

  • R and/or XL Stats in statistics

  • Excellent Technical Writer


Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Sensory Science, Food Science, Statistics, Psychology, or another related field
  • Qualitative training and demonstrated experience in moderation
  • Minimum 5 years in major project team leadership capacities

  • Proficiency in statistical analysis

  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience successfully presenting to customers




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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