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Scientist II, Sensory


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


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor with approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. With over $6 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.



Responsibilities of this position include planning, collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting accurate sensory-related data that results in actionable product development guidance.  This person will deliver excellent sensory and consumer guidance to research projects, the development and improvement of new and existing products, and the development and implementation of best practice sensory methodology.   



  • Responding to business needs through studies utilizing the assessment of human response to products
  • Identifying the specific sensory and consumer research needs of product development teams and other customers
  • Designing, implementing, analyzing, interpreting and reporting research results that evaluate the performance of products, guide the product development process, and support product innovation
  • Evaluating, developing, and implementing new sensory methods to address specific sensory / consumer issues
  • Performing statistical analysis of data (especially design of experiments and multivariate techniques)
  • Framing product developers’ research needs into actionable sensory and consumer studies
  • Executing timely, cost-effective research within guidelines and standards set by the sensory profession
  • Conducting both analytical sensory (descriptive and discrimination) and consumer testing (qualitative, quantitative and exploratory)
  • Effectively linking sensory and consumer data to provide project teams with accurate, impactful, and actionable reports, to both internal and external clients, with conclusions and recommendations resulting from the research findings, ensuring projects are delivered to successful completion
  • Providing broad consultation to internal units as well as external customers
  • Serving on key customer teams
  • Conducting research and development in the areas of Sensory Science that are of interest to the corporation
  • Staying current with literature and information about sensory evaluation



  • MS Degree in Sensory Science, Food Science, Statistics, Psychology or another related field with minimum 3 years of Sensory Science project work experience OR BS in related discipline with minimum 6 years of Sensory Science project work experience 
  • Minimum 3 years in major project team leadership capacities
  • Experience in the application of sensory (descriptive, discrimination) and consumer research (CLT, HUT, focus groups)
  • Experience integrating sensory and consumer methods into research plans, integrating data and drawing conclusions
  • Experience in the development, training and maintenance of Descriptive Analysis Panels
  • In-depth knowledge of technical tools that support sensory testing (automated data collection systems, statistical software)
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience effectively collaborating across levels and functions within own organization and with outside customers and vendors
  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast paced environment
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment
  • Experience successfully presenting to customers



  • Proven record of creative scientific achievement
  • Recognized initiative and creativity for contributions to the food production industry
  • Qualitative training and demonstrated experience in moderation




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