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Principal Scientist, Analytical Sciences


McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Principal Scientist. This new hire will work at the Technical Innovation Center, located in Hunt Valley, MD. The Principal Scientist will report to a Director of Analytical Sciences.


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:

This Principal Scientist, someone recognized for initiative, creativity and a proven record of contributions to the food industry, will apply advanced food science and analytical chemistry knowledge to the study of commercial and natural products. This position will collaborate with the science and business teams globally to manage short, medium, and long-term applied research projects related to flavors, foods, and beverages. This position will also employ new technologies and applications to strengthen the capabilities of organizational data science and advanced analytics.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage short, medium and long-term applied research projects within the Analytical Sciences team

  • Design and develop techniques and methods for the isolation, identification, and quantitation of flavor/aroma compounds from commercial and natural products.

  • Translate analytical data into flavor and seasoning formulas based on strong knowledge of the flavor chemistry of consumer and natural products.

  • Design new automation and machine learning tools for analytical testing and flavor formula development.

  • Maintain a wide range of instrumentation, including GC-MS, LC-MS, and GC-Olfactometry.

  • Interact frequently and independently with customers, sensory, flavorists, and applications teams to provide technical input and solutions to meet category criteria.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in Food Science, Analytical Chemistry, Natural Products or related fields
  • 10-15 years of chemistry related experience in the industrial food, pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, consumer goods, and/or flavor industry.
  • Proven track record of initiating, coordinating, designing, and executing complex technical projects.
  • Strong background in consumer and/or natural products research including extraction, distillation, chromatographic isolation and separation, and chemical instrumental analysis (GC, GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS). Proven track record in the interpretation of analytical data to support creative formula development.
  • Proven track record of solving highly technical and complex problems.
  • Contribute to the development of data analysis and visualization tools.
  • Ability to recognize opportunities to improve/automate procedures, protocols, and systems.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Food Science, Analytical Chemistry, Natural Products, or related fields




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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