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McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Quality Assurance Manager III on the Quality Assurance team. This new hire will work at the Flavors Manufacturing Center, located at 11102 McCormick Rd in Hunt Valley, MD. The Quality Assurance Manager III will report to the Quality Director.


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.




Position Overview

Under the general supervision of the Plant Manager and QA Operations Director, provides leadership at the FMC Plant for the development, implementation, and administration of the Quality Control function to ensure product safety, integrity, and conformance with respect to customer, Divisional, Corporate and regulatory requirements. This position is a member of the FMC PLT and Divisional QA team leadership to formulate and execute a strategic quality plan for the business.

Responsible for managing vendor quality programs that impact the facility, as well as customer complaints through root cause analysis. Provide leadership to develop and implement food safety program, e.g., HACCP, GMPs, Pest Control, Recall, Food Allergen and Environmental Monitoring. As a member of the Plant Leadership Team, requires comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles within their own functional area and also requires knowledge of these elements in other relevant functional areas in order to participate in the resolution of issues that have an impact beyond the area or impact multiple areas.


Key Responsibilities

  • Maintaining customer quality satisfaction through the implementation and use of programs to control raw materials, in-process materials, production process, environmental conditions and finished products.
  • Conducts or coordinates customer/vendor visits and third party audits. Execute plans for continuous improvement for operations. Prepares and oversees customer site visits and audits.
  • Utilizes the MHPS Systems to empower and develop their teams using established MHPS systems, core beliefs, guiding principles and attributes. Performs evaluations and creates development/training plans for individuals within the team and manages employee relations. Actively uses PDPs to document and facilitate improvement/recognition discussions. Manages compensation process for team and recommends wage increases for high performers (pay for performance).
  • Interact with other division QA Managers, Directors, and Corporate QA leadership. Lead QA Team to develop specifications, BOMs, recipes and inspection plans for raw materials and finished goods.
  • Managing department staffing, expense budget, and capital projects.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations issued by OSHA, EPA, FDA, and other federal, state, and local regulatory agencies.



  • BSc in Technical - Quality/Research/Product Development
  • Experience - functional/industry/commercial knowledge, business acumen
  • Minimum of 7+ years functional/leadership experience:
  • Demonstrated significant and relevant skills and consistent results in functional area and in leadership roles.
  • Strong leadership experience with demonstrated success in managing multiple projects and people.
  • The job requires a detailed understanding of how all areas of the plant and warehouse interact to contribute to the business and to meet customer's expectations.
  • Requires a general understanding of the industry. Requires basic commercial awareness as it relates to competition but only requires limited understanding of the latest developments in the industry. Extensive knowledge of HACCP, Auditing, SSOP’s, GMP’s, FDA, OSHA, Quality Systems, and Plant Sanitation required.
  • Interpersonal Skills - leadership, interactions, communication, influence
  • Strong communication and diplomacy skills are required to guide and influence others. Leadership of exempt Team Managers or equivalent to achieve common objectives.
  • May interface with external parties as representative of the plant/facility.
  • Strong cross-functional strategic leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to translate strategy into actionable information in small or large groups in a clear, concise, and professional manner.
  • Ability to influence upwards Interacts with Quality leadership, Regulatory, Customers, Operations, Materials, and other departments as needed.
  • Frequent communication with outside customers and suppliers, regulatory bodies and production.
  • Leadership: This job has full management responsibility for the team, including management of people, defining roles and responsibilities, planning for the department’s future needs and operations, counselling employees on performance and contributing to employee pay decisions/changes


Preferred Qualifications

MS in Technical - Quality/Research/Product Development



The FMC is a complex operation. Accountability for the operations is shared among the FMC PLT members. The job analyses complex information in order to make judgements and decisions. The job must resolve problems by applying technical experience and expertise to review precedents, identify potential solutions and select the best and most viable course of action. Risk Management: by providing leadership through risk, crisis, change and knowledge management to define, develop, implement, maintain and improve Quality Assurance and Food Safety performance that support both McCormick and our customer’s requirements. The job has an impact on the business through responsibility for the quality and compliance of products reaching customer/consumers. The job also has an impact on the business through joint influence over and responsibility for planning of resources and finance (shared with Plant Leadership Team). Decisions led by this manager can materially impact quality reputation, cost, inventory positions (cash flow) and customer service. Directly impacts the work and performance of quality and production/operations teams. Performance will also directly impact the overall performance and effectiveness of the plant, division and Company. There is a high degree of interactions with customers, making sound decisions and defining/setting strategies.




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