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IT Business Relationship Lead- R&D / AI


McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time IT Business Relationship Lead - R&D / AI to drive Artificial Intelligence initiatives. This position will be located at 24 Schilling Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland. This position will report to the Business Relationship Director, PLM, Quality, and Regulatory.


With more than $54 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 brings passion to flavor™!


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.


With focus on Computational Creativity, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and the R&D business, this role will be responsible for formulating and defining complex information systems scope and objectives through research, analysis, testing and fact-finding combined with a comprehensive understanding of business systems and industry requirements. The IT Business Relationship Lead - R&D / AI serves as a proactive partner to the business and as part of a global team to enable business through technology in an integrated enterprise systems environment.



  • Serves as liaison between business users and technology group for system implementation and maintenance.
  • Effectively communicates complex concepts and solutions to all levels of the organization and project team, including facilitation of decisions and consensus building.
  • Develops, executes, and tracks system testing processes to ensure operational readiness before solutions are deployed into production environment.  Coordinates user testing where required.
  • Influences the functional Long-Term plan with a technology acumen and may influence the IT business plan.
  • Acts as work stream leader from start to finish with accountability for successful project delivery within area of responsibility.
  • Fosters and maintains good relationships with customers and IT colleagues to meet expected customer service levels.
  • Responsible for solution design, proposals and end-to-end business process engineering and requirements mapping in the AI/R&D area.
  • Designs and develops IT solutions (integrated process, applications, data, and technology) to business problems in alignment with the organization IT direction and standards.
  • Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses; drives business process transformation with key business partners and other McCormick Technology solution teams.
  • Responsible for scope related decisions and draws conclusions related to design needs and decisions using Agile methodology.
  • Designs major aspects of the architecture of applications, including components such as user interface, middleware and infrastructure integration points.
  • Can work across solution teams to ensure proper system/data integration.
  • Champions and develops innovative IT principles and ideas.
  • Adheres to project timelines to complete tasks on time, budget and aligned with business user expectations.
  • Provides guidance and oversight to program standards and performance as it pertains to solution design concepts, deployment and steady-state in Research and Development areas including Artificial Intelligence/Computational Creativity, Sensory, Culinary, and Product Development.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or related field. May consider 10+ years of related experience in lieu of degree.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working with IT in commercial environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to act as a work stream leader within area of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex global projects environments.
  • Ability to adapt, learn and perform in fast paced environments. 
  • Knowledge of Data integration between systems.



  • Knowledge of Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Data Modeling, mathematical algorithms.
  • Knowledge of SAP RD including specifications, formulas, and recipes.


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