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Quality Engineer I, FMC - Hunt Valley, MD


McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Quality Engineer at the Flavor Manufacturing Center in Hunt Valley, MD. This position will report to the Quality Operations Director. 


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.



Under the direction of the Quality Manager, the Quality Engineer is responsible for leading the overall development and maintenance of documentation that captures best operating practices in the plant with a focus on Quality. The key objective of this role is to reduce variation in operating methods thereby improving the reliability, repeatability of processes and eliminate defects.  



  • Leads management, disposition, and system improvements for out of specification, defective materials (Raw, WIP, and Finished goods), and complaints using TPM process (e.g., FMEA, QC Matrix, SPC, 5 Why, 12 Step, DMAIC, Risk Assessments, etc.) to support the RCA program
  • Critically analyze processes, systems, and practices to identify current gaps and opportunities for improvement 
  • Drives manufacturing process capability improvements through variation reduction, error-proofing, and implementation of statistics; this includes collecting and analyzing data to identify and prioritize
  • Identifies opportunities and delivers improvement of product and process quality
  • Provides Quality technical leadership for start-up of processes, equipment design, and formulation including FTOs, MACs, and Change Management.
  • Develops capabilities of Operations, Warehouse and QA Teams to understand and implement of quality standards and best practices
  • Performs daily maintenance of Quality Programs (e.g. metal detectors, operational procedure review / update, SAP Inspection Plans)
  • Conducts internal audits and participates in external audits



  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Chemical Engineering, or a related technical field
  • Minimum 2 years of QA experience in manufacturing plant(s)
  • Experience leading cross functional teams
  • Proven project management skills, with the ability to participate in initiatives according to business needs and strategy
  • Demonstrated ability building and sustaining relationships at all levels, promoting a high performance organization
  • Experience developing, interpreting and applying statistical and focused improvement tools for process improvements such as SPC, Capability studies, FMEA, DOE, etc.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects and activities to ensure timely completion
  • Ability to recognize problems and analyze and develop solutions using a logical thought process
  • Ability to work through complex, time sensitive, multi-disciplinary and ambiguous problems
  • Experience working collaboratively to resolve issues with strong influencing, diplomacy, and partnering skills in order to grow business relationships and guide business partners to the best solutions
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours to support the needs of a multi shift operation




  • Experience in the food and/or pharmaceutical manufacturing industry
  • Experience working in a High Performance Work Systems (HPWS) and/or Self Directed Work Team environment
  • Experience working in a TPM environment
  • SAP experience










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