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Principal Scientist - Dairy Product Development (PD)


McCormick & Company, Incorporated, a global leader in flavor, is seeking a full-time Principal Scientist – Dairy Product Development (PD) in its Technical Innovation Center (TIC) located at 202-204 Wight Avenue in Hunt Valley, Maryland (MD).  This new hire will report a Director Of Product Development.


With more than $5 billion in annual sales, McCormick 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.


As an employer recognized for exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services including, but not limited to, tuition assistance, medical & dental, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing plan, paid holidays and vacations.





McCormick R&D has an unparalleled record of successful innovation creating flavors for products that matter.  Today, more than ever, our team of top sensory, analytical, & materials scientists and research chefs – our innovation enablers – are helping us develop a new generation of tools to create products to satisfy consumers’ quests for authentic, premium flavor, to meet the exploding demand for positive nutrition, and to address the critical need for sustainable manufacturing and food safety.


We provide a high-quality R&D environment with an emphasis on teamwork, customer satisfaction, and interdepartmental cooperation.  State-of-the-art equipment and facilities exist in laboratories devoted both to basic and applied research and product development with excellence in chemistry, microbiology, microscopy, molecular biology, engineering, sensory science, culinary science, & flavor and seasoning creation and applications.  Our “passion for flavor” extends to customers around the globe. 



This Dairy Principle Scientist will support a strategic industrial customer through development of new products with emphasis on understanding and applying new technology to the finished products.  An expansive understanding of dairy technology, dairy foods processing and contemporary dairy commodity markets will be used to support the expanding importance of dairy ingredients in core McCormick products.



  • Lead and support creative spray dry dairy powder product development
  • Provide excellent product development support for seasoning development team
  • Manage and/or execute commercialization of products (understanding of processes and operations for dairy powder manufacture)
  • Employ strong understanding of consumer and general sensory testing, including its application to product development
  • Design and manage experiments 
  • Investigate and assess new ingredients and technologies available for product development improvements
  • Collect and interpret data 
  • Apply knowledge of dairy ingredients and flavors, their major vendors, and performance attributes (including flavor, functionality, and quality)
  • Development and grading of cheese for use in dairy powder development
  • Development of enzyme modified cheeses for use in dairy product development



  • BS Degree in Dairy Science, Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry or a related technical field.  A minimum of 15 credit hours in dairy technology or dairy related coursework including dairy chemistry, sensory evaluation, fermented dairy foods, frozen dairy foods, spray drying or other equivalent coursework.
  • Formulation experience with development knowledge of dairy powder ingredients such as cheeses, enzyme modified cheeses, buttermilk, whey and/or sour cream
  • Proven ability to interpret scientific data, including sensory and analytical, and commercialization.
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of people.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills to interact effectively with external and internal customers
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment
  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • Curiosity and innovative thinking
  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience in dairy product development, dairy commercialization and/or cheese making with a major food company or a food ingredient company
  • Proficiency in vendor management and development including the identification of new cheese, enzyme, and other dairy ingredients supplies




  • MS Degree and/or PhD in related field
  • Minimum one year of experience in spray drying of dairy ingredients
  • Culinary interest and/or related training
  • Experience with SAP, product formulary and retrieval systems
  • Proficiency in commercialization of dairy products
  • Understanding of processes and operations for dairy powder manufacture
  • Expertise in formulation development of dairy powder ingredients such as cheeses, enzyme modified cheeses, buttermilk, whey and/or sour cream
  • Proficiency in vendor management and development of dairy manufacturing partners in the US including the identification of new spray drying partners




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