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Principal Scientist, Packaging - Digital Ecommerce


McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Principal Scientist, Packaging – Digital Ecommerce in its North American Packaging Innovation Team, located at 204 Wight Avenue in Hunt Valley, MD.  This person will report to the Sr. Manager, Package Innovation.


With more than $5 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 makes every moment and meal better


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.




Packaging Innovation is essential to our growth ambitions and sustainability goals.  The packaging Innovation team has passion for exploring new technologies, materials, and designs. We create sustainable, consumer-preferred packages while also acting as stewards of the brand. This role is responsible for supporting packaging innovation in the North America region with emphasis on packaging designed specifically for Ecommerce. 


The Principal Scientist, Packaging – Digital Ecommerce will influence the strategy and commercial priorities for ecommerce, developing unique offerings for McCormick’s direct-to-consumer as well as online grocery, Amazon, and other ecommerce platforms. The role requires responsibility for technology exploration, consumer learning, selection of materials, package design, determination of performance requirements, setting quality standards, creating packaging specifications and coordinating activities with a range of internal and external business partners. The role requires a combination of creativity, strategic thinking, problem solving, technical and business knowledge, project management and cross-functional team operation.



The design, development and commercialization of ecommerce packaging for consumers, manufacturing, distribution and customers. This role includes:

  • Mastery of Ecommerce requirements, test methods, and design principles
  • Utilize sustainable materials and sustainable design principles to achieve related goals
  • Provide package design, development, material selection and commercialization activities
  • Interaction across multiple levels, working cross-functionally, managing project planning activities, and provide technical guidance
  • Support multiple projects with accountability to deliverables and milestones
  • Plan and prioritize work to ensure deadlines & customer expectations are met
  • Apply established standards, controls and processes


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Package Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or an alternate relevant technical discipline
  • 10+ years of packaging development and project management experience as part of a cross functional team
  • Expertise in the areas of plastic injection molding & injection blow molding, glass, laminate structures, and paper-based materials
  • Experience with the manufacturing environment
  • Creative problem solving and solution skills; attention to detail in work
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and teamwork
  • Analytical skills to evaluate complex and sometimes ambiguous situations
  • Business and commercial awareness & ability to influence other business members
  • Experience with SAP, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, C.A.P.E. palletization software


  • CPG industry experience
  • Graduate degree (MS, MBA, ME)
  • Expertise with ideation processes, consumer learning tools, technology analysis




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