Scientist I, Product Development - Innovation


You may know McCormick as a leader in herbs, spices, seasonings, and condiments – and we’re only getting started. At McCormick, we’re always looking for new people to bring their unique flavor to our team.

McCormick employees – all 14,000 of us across the world – are what makes this company a great place to work.


We are looking to hire Scientist I, Product Development - Innovation immediately at our Global Headquarters in Hunt Valley, Maryland. 


What We Bring To The Table:

The best people deserve the best rewards. In addition to the benefits you’d expect from a global leader (401k, health insurance, paid time off, etc.) we also offer:

• Competitive compensation

• Career growth opportunities

• Flexibility and Support for Diverse Life Stages and Choices

• We prioritize our communities and the planet we share. We are proud to be awarded as a Diversity Inc. Top 50 company for Diversity and have multiple Sustainability awards (ranking #22 in the World and #1 in Food Products)

• Wellbeing programs including Physical, Mental and Financial wellness

• Tuition assistance



The Scientist I - 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



  • B.S. M.S. in Food Science, Food technology, Chemistry required, Ph.D. preferred
  • Minimum 3 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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