Packaging Development Category Lead


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 Packaging Development Category Lead 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

• Leadership development programs, professional memberships, tuition assistance, and mentorship


Position Overview: Are you excited about leading the charge in packaging innovation? As the Packaging Development Lead for the Convenient Meals category you will have a significant impact on shaping the innovation pipeline, all while pioneering sustainable and consumer-preferred packaging solutions in North America.

Your responsibilities will encompass working with a diverse range of packaging formats and materials, leveraging your expertise to enhance some of our most beloved brands such as McCormick, Zatarain’s, Simply Asia, and Thai Kitchen. Come join our dynamic Packaging Innovation team, where the fusion of creativity, problem-solving, and technical expertise is redefining the packaging landscape.



Why McCormick?

  • Award-Winning Packaging: A portfolio adorned with leading industry awards
  • Pioneering Patents: Leading innovation with hundreds of packaging patents
  • In-House Laboratory: ISTA-certified lab ensuring the highest standards
  • Close to the Action: Proximity to manufacturing plants and our primary logistics center
  • Exposure to Leadership: Interact with senior leaders for valuable exposure
  • Advancement Opportunities: Well-defined career path for both technical and managerial pathways

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop strategic plans relative to brand stewardship, sustainability, and the innovation pipeline for the Convenient Meals category
  • Packaging lead for multi-functional projects that are large in scope and high complexity, with accountability to deliverables and milestones
  • Collaborate across all levels of management, working seamlessly across functions, participating in project planning, aligning with stakeholder priorities, and offering technical guidance
  • Develop and enforce established standards and processes
  • Mentors and/or formally manages other professionals

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Package Engineering or a related technical field
  • 11+ years of experience in packaging development and project management, with a track record of collaborating with cross-functional project teams to design and execute projects
  • Extensive background in the consumer products industry and familiarity with plant operations
  • Proven ability to exercise sound judgement in high-pressure, sensitive situations, displaying professionalism in conflict resolution
  • Strong decision—making skills, self-confidence, and effective communication abilities, demonstrating the aptitude for exchanging information in a concise and logical manner
  • Leadership skills, including the capability to provide technical guidance and potentially oversee the work of junior Developers. Self-management of workload, demonstrating the ability to make decisions independently
  • Proficiency in SAP, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and C.A.P.E. palletization software

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree, MBA, or equivalent relevant qualifications are highly preferred
  • Extensive and demonstratable experience in the food industry
  • Proficiency in ideation processes, consumer learning tools, and technology analysis
  • Experience and expertise in designing for sustainability, with knowledge of alternative distribution channels such as Club Stores and e-commerce
  • Prior leadership experience, including mentoring or direct supervisory roles, is advantageous




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