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Product Development Scientist - USFS & CFS


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


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor with approximately 13,000 employees worldwide. As a Fortune 500 company with over $5 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.



Reporting to the VP of Custom & Branded PD, the Product Development Scientist will provide technical support for customers in the Custom Flavor Solutions business segment. The Product Development  Scientist will establish, maintain, and drive best practices in customer intimacy engagement and product development, and will execute the creation of market preferred products through bench top product development, leveraging McCormick innovation and corporate technical resources. This role will provide technical leadership and expertise in McCormick’s US Flavor Solutions technical community and will be responsible for substantial direct customer contact and involvement with internal McCormick business partners in addition to external customers.



  • Provide Seasonings Product Development expertise for Flavor Solutions’ Consumer Goods customers creating market preferred products through bench top product development, leveraging culinary input, technical innovation and consumer insights
  • Deliver seasonings solutions in a cost-effective manner while driving technical insulation to provide competitive advantage in the marketplace
  • Design and execute project plans that deliver appropriate business return for our product development investment
  • Actively network within the industry to stay current with latest technology advances, customer requirements and consumer trends
  • Lead, guide and participate in various business and technical community programs and team projects



  • BS or MS Degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or related technical field
  • Majority of PD experience in an industrial ingredient environment
  • High level of communication, presentation and collaboration skills across levels and functions
  • Knowledge of competencies and capabilities of the industry vendor community and McCormick competition
  • Experience solving complex technical challenges to deliver both market preferred flavors and excellent functionality
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to manage challenging clients and situations
  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment
  • Strong business sense and intuitive understanding of how to productively navigate within and adjust to various corporate cultures
  • Experience effectively collaborating across levels and functions within own organization and with outside customers and vendors



  • Minimum 3 years of product development (PD) experience with at least 7 years of dry seasonings PD and expertise



  • Minimum 5 years of product development (PD) experience with at least 3 years of dry seasonings PD and expertise



  • Minimum 10 years of product development (PD) experience with at least 5 years of dry seasonings PD and expertise
  • Strong understanding of seasoning ingredients and flavors, their major vendors, and performance attributes (including flavor, functionality, and quality)



  • MS Degree and/or PhD in a related field
  • Experience with SAP, product formulary and retrieval systems and Microsoft software
  • Culinary interest or related training
  • Experience training and developing junior technical team members
  • Experience formulating and scaling up seasonings
  • Proficiency in vendor management and development including the implementation of new ingredients as required
  • Ability and willingness to travel 20-30%
  • Experience in developing products for snack food industry




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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