Scientist, Food Away From Home


McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Scientist, Food Away From Home. This new hire will work at the Technical Innovation Center, located in Hunt Valley, MD. The Scientist, Food Away From Home will report to a Vice President, PD - Custom and Branded Flavor.


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor. With over $6 billion in annual sales across 170 countries and territories, we manufacture, market and distribute spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry including e-commerce channels, grocery, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. Our most popular brands with trademark registrations 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.


Founded in 1889 and headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland USA, McCormick is guided by our principles and committed to our Purpose – To Stand Together for the Future of Flavor. McCormick envisions A World United by Flavor where healthy, sustainable and delicious go hand in hand. To learn more, visit or follow McCormick & Company on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

**Candidates will be considered for the levels of Scientist II, Sr. Scientist, or Principal Scientist depending on relevant skillset and experience level.



The Product Development Scientist will support strategic Food Away from Home (custom restaurant and branded food service) customers through development of seasonings, marinades, and coatings to meet specific sensory and functional attributes.  Reporting to the Vice President, the Scientist will be part of a highly creative and collaborative product development team with a strong emphasis of customer partnership.  The Scientist will also interact with other functional areas such as culinary, sensory, marketing, corporate chemistry, microbiology, regulatory, packaging, procurement, supply chain, pricing, commercialization, operations and quality assurance to meet and maintain all finished product design requirements.   The Scientist will leverage McCormick’s world class innovation and corporate technical resources to drive consumer preferred solutions.   



  • Provide creative seasoning, marinade, and coating custom product development support for customers to include building and sustaining relationships within the core customer development teams
  • Guide technical excellence and differentiation through robust product design, leveraging technology and implementing feedback from internal and external resources in an ever-changing environment
  • Create market-preferred finished products through bench top product development, leveraging culinary input, technical innovation and consumer insights.
  • Guide customer requests by interacting with a broad multifunctional team to provide best in class solutions
  • Conducting commercialization and product improvement plant trials at McCormick locations



  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry or a related field
  • Experience with poultry/meat processing via marinade, seasoning, and coating formulations
  • Plant experiences within dry and wet facilities
  • Strong understanding of consumer and general sensory testing, including its application to product development
  • An in-depth understanding of ingredients and technology along with their impact on product taste and functionality
  • Experience collecting and interpreting scientific data, including sensory, analytical, and commercialization
  • Proven ability to interpret scientific data, including sensory and analytical, and commercialization
  • Experience effectively collaborating across levels and functions within own organization and with outside customers and vendors
  • Ability and willingness to travel 20% to 30%
  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of people
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to interact effectively with external and internal customers
  • Curiosity and innovative thinking
  • Strong project management skillset
  • Ability to supervise and instruct lower-level employees



  • Minimum 5 years of product development experience in the food industry with a major food company or food ingredient company



  • Minimum 10 years of product development experience in the food industry with a major food company or food ingredient company. 



  • Minimum 15 years of product development experience in the food industry with a major food company or food ingredient company. 



  • 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
  • Proficiency in vendor management and development including the implementation of new ingredients as required
  • Proven record of solving complex technical challenges to deliver both market preferred flavors with excellent functionality




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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