Principal Scientist, Beverages - Hunt Valley


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


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.



The Principal Scientist will independently develop and evaluate flavor systems for application and evaluation of flavors with the use of proprietary technologies in support of customers and McCormick. This role will be responsible for large account customers, R&D teams, and assist in responding to specific project requests. Assist and leverage the development of new flavors/ingredients and new methodologies and contribute to technically driven business development activities in the Beverage Flavor applications area.



  • Leading flavor applications and prototype development in beverage products and providing excellent flavor applications support for large industrial customers.
  • Facilitating complex projects including planning and leading cross functional project teams, defining, and assessing project requirements and designing and managing experiments.
  • Owning competency within the area of Beverage Flavor Applications.
  • Project Management: Plan and lead complex project teams, defining and assessing of project requirements, designing, and managing experiments. 


  • BSc and/or MSc in Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry, or related field.
  • Minimum of 20 years’ experience in the food and/or flavor industry including:
    • At least 10 yrs. of Beverage Flavor applications in a flavor house AND/OR Beverage Product Development within a consumer products company.
  • Strong experience with Beverage Flavor Delivery Systems, Ingredients and Flavors.
  • Ability to interpret data and solve complex problems with incomplete information.
  • Ability to make high level presentations that cover technical topics, R&D capabilities, etc
  • Effectively works well in a team and matrix environment and has good communication skills.
  • An in-depth understanding of ingredients and technology along with their impact on product taste and functionality.
  • Knowledge of food industry food ingredients, manufacturing processes, bottlers, copackers, quality assurance programs and food regulations.




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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