R&D Principal Scientist, Long-Term Innovation - Product Development


McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time R&D Innovation Scientist, Product Development. This new hire will work at the Technical Innovation Center, located in Hunt Valley, MD


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.



The Principal Scientist - Innovation will lead the development of new ingredients and technologies with the main focuses on seasoning in the US and globally.  This individual will lead concept ideation, investigate and assess new ingredients, collaborate with cross functional team for technology development and evaluation, design and lead overall long term strategy for the innovation program of the group to meet customers mid to long term needs.     



  • Maintain state-of-the-art depth and breadth of knowledge in the areas including food science, seasoning product development, flavor and dairy technology, sensory science etc.
  • Write and execute mid to long term innovation programs and projects in support of the business.
  • Understand, lead, interact and manage projects performed in cooperate research groups in McCormick
  • Involvement in product and process development to support seasoning product development. 
  • Have routine, unsupervised contact with broad consultation with internal departments and business units.
  • Have latitude for decisions such as technical program planning, project managements and planning and technical assessment of customer needs.
  • Collaborate and guide technology transfer initiatives with regional R&D team.
  • Manage a group of junior scientists and lab technicians



  • M.S. in Food Science, Food technology, Chemistry required, Ph.D. preferred
  • Minimum 5 to 10 years of postgraduate experience, experience in product development, ingredient research and/or flavor research is required
  • Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, demonstrate aptitude for complexity and innovative imagination and the ability to operate in “grey” space required
  • The ability to Identify gaps in technical expertise or facilities and communicate/implement possible solutions required
  • Experience leading projects and/or teams required
  • Strong knowledge of sound experimental design required
  • The ability to communicate findings to senior technical leadership internally and customer externally required
  • Basic understanding of product development, sensory science, material technology etc. required
  • Passion for food is required, previous culinary training is a plus
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment
  • Bi-Lingual and/or Global work experience preferred
  • Good Presentation skills preferred




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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