Product Development Scientist, Seasonings - Hunt Valley


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 Product Development Scientist, Seasonings immediately at our Technical Innovation Center in Hunt Valley, Maryland. 


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

• Tuition assistance



McCormick’s 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. 



The Product Development Scientist will support one of our top, strategic customers through development of seasonings to meet specific sensory and functional attributes.  Reporting to the Director, the Scientist will be part of a highly creative and collaborative product development team with a strong emphasis of customer partnership.  This Scientist will also interact with other functional areas such as regulatory, operations and quality assurance to meet and maintain all seasoning design requirements.   The Scientist will leverage McCormick’s world class innovation and corporate technical resources to drive consumer preferred solutions.   



  • Provide snack seasonings product development support for customers to include building and sustaining relationships within the core customer development teams
  • Guide technical excellence and differentiation through robust product design, leveraging technology and implementing feedback from internal and external resources in an ever-changing environment
  • Create market-preferred snack seasonings through bench top product development, leveraging culinary input, technical innovation and consumer insights.
  • Guide customer requests by interacting with a broad multifunctional team to provide best in class solutions
  • Conducting plant trials at McCormick locations



  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry or a related field
  • Minimum 3 years of product development experience in the food industry.  Seasoning development experience is strongly preferred.
  • Strong understanding of consumer and general sensory testing, including its application to product development
  • Experience collecting and interpreting scientific data, including sensory, analytical, and commercialization
  • Experience effectively collaborating across levels and functions within own organization and with outside customers and vendors
  • Ability and willingness to travel 10% to 20%
  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment
  • 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
  • Curiosity and innovative thinking
  • Proven ability to interpret scientific data, including sensory and analytical, and commercialization



  • Master Degree in a related field
  • Experience with SAP, product formulary and retrieval systems
  • Culinary interest or related training
  • Proficiency in vendor management and development including the implementation of new ingredients as required




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