Scientist II, Product Development - Flavors, Food Applications (Hunt Valley, MD)


McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Scientist II, Product Development - Flavors, Food Applications. This new hire will work at the Technical Innovation Center, located in Hunt Valley, MD. The Scientist II, Product Development - Flavors, Food Applications will report to a Director II, Product Development.


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.



The Scientist II will independently develop and evaluate flavor systems for application and evaluation of flavors with the use of proprietary technologies in support of customers and McCormick. Additionally, this role will be the interface with customers, R&D teams, and assist in responding to specific project requests. Assist and leverage the development of new flavors/ingredients and new methodologies and contribute to technically driven business development activities in the Beverage Flavor applications area.



  • Develop seasonings, flavor systems and model food systems
  • Support new product introduction, quality improvement of existing products, cost optimization of existing process
  • Plan and lead project teams, defining and assessing project requirements, designing and managing experiments
  • Investigating and assessing new ingredients and technologies
  • Provide support on projects performed in other groups within McCormick, with outside consultants, and / or with vendors
  • Excellent product development support for customers
  • Interface and communicate project status with customers and commercial team.
  • Technical Support for formulations to Operation and Quality functions.
  • Ability to supervise and instruct and train lower level employees



  • BSc in Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field
  • Minimum of 5- 10 years’ experience in the food and/or flavor industry including:
    • At least 3 yrs. of Flavor applications in a flavor house AND/OR
    • At least 3 yrs. of Product Development within a consumer products company.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to interpret data and solve complex problems with incomplete information.
  • Ability to manage risk in making critical decisions.
  • Project management and ability to interact, seek advice, teach, influence, and negotiate.
  • Demonstrate the ability to influence across the organization.
  • Ability to make presentations that cover technical topics, R&D capabilities, etc.
  • An in-depth understanding of ingredients and technology along with their impact on product taste and functionality.
  • Knowledge of food industry food ingredients, manufacturing processes, quality assurance programs and food regulations.
  • Proficient in product development and commercialization across a wide variety of finished product application categories.
  • Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, demonstrated aptitude for complexity and managing in a complex environment, an innovative imagination, and the ability to operate in "grey" space.




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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