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R&D Sensory Lab Supervisor - Hunt Valley, MD


McCormick & Company, Incorporated, a global leader in flavor, is seeking a Sensory Lab Supervisor reporting to a Principal Scientist - Sensory. This individual will work at the Technical Innovation Center located in Hunt Valley, MD.


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.


Position Description:

Under the general supervision of the Sensory Scientist, leads the technician staff of 3 technicians and ensures the successful execution of all types of sensory testing including Descriptive, Discrimination and Consumer panels.  In addition to fulfilling the duties of the lab technician as needed, this position is responsible for scheduling panels and resources for support, maintaining and creating Lab SOP’s and best practices, and training lab technicians and contractors.  Lab technician duties include preparing samples, administering tests including setting up panels, and recording detailed and accurate information about tests in a timely manner while following SOP’s.  Also responsible for training technician staff on proper food safety, food preparation and sensory protocols.  Has latitude in making decisions regarding the relative priority of laboratory activities, approving overtime work, and purchasing raw materials required for process runs.  Additional responsibilities include electronic file maintenance, software trouble shooting, learning new software packages, ordering supplies, and maintaining laboratory cleanliness and organization. 


Required Technical Qualifications:

- Bachelors degree in a Food Science or related field

- 1+ Years’ experience leading and training teams

- Excellent analytical, mathematical, writing and attention to detail skills

- Demonstrated ability to make decisions and work with minimal supervision

- Proficient with PC’s; Windows-Word, Excel

- Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work under tight deadlines, changing priorities and maintain confidentiality of information

- Basic laboratory skills, food preparation skills, and excellent housekeeping skills

- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks

- Ability to perform moderate physical work over prolonged periods while standing and able to lift 50 pounds


Preferred Technical Qualifications:

-Bachelors degree in a Food Science or related field

-Basic knowledge of audio/visual equipment

-Knowledge /practice of basic sensory procedures

-Working knowledge of food systems, ingredient/processing interactions




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