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Senior Director, Global Microbiology & Sanitation


McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Senior Director, Global Microbiology & Sanitation. The Senior Director, Global Microbiology & Sanitation will report to the VP, Global Quality & Food SafetyThe role will ideally be based at McCormick's global headquarters in Hunt Valley, Maryland and will be eligible to participate in our 50/50 hybrid program (50% onsite and 50% remote per month). McCormick may consider remote work on a case by case basis for the ideal candidate.


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor with approximately 13,000 employees worldwide. As a Fortune 500 company with over $5 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.


Reporting to the VP, Global Quality and Food Safety, the Senior Director, Global Microbiology and Sanitation provides strategic leadership and decision-making for the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of key Quality and Food Safety standards and the associated governance for microbiology, sanitation standards and practices and hygienic design standards. The incumbent is the person accountable for the development and implementation of Quality and Food Safety initiatives related to microbiology spanning total Supply Chain, product development, and laboratory integrity across the enterprise. The incumbent will deliver microbiological performance excellence in McCormick’s operating units through strategic leadership of regionally deployed resources. By leveraging a proven track record in global transformational leadership, strong interpersonal, communication, and management skills, and an ability to influence, direct, develop, and inspire employees at all levels in the McCormick business, the incumbent will develop and implement complex functional and business strategies and programs in all regions globally and across many diverse cultures. This will be done through skilled leadership, with emphasis on the management and the development of a team of direct reports and others.



  • Develop strategic plan to transform technical and operating framework to drive Microbiological and Sanitation risk reduction, leading levels of brand protection and to enable fundamental changes in practice to enable business growth.
  • Communicate and gain alignment to the transformational plan at most senior levels of MKC globally, in each region and cross-functionally.
  • Motivate and develop employees to embrace and drive execution of the strategic plan of a multi-year timeframe.
  • Inspire leadership of globally dispersed team of microbiology and sanitation resources with full accountability to drive advancement of microbiological sciences, sanitation practices, customer-focused growth-supporting strategic transformation and the execution of all programs in all regions of MKC – in labs, in factories and elsewhere as required.
  • Develop and support a globally dispersed and culturally diverse team of professionals of various skill and leadership levels.
  • Write and deploy standards and assure execution and performance through direct reports and other functional resources.
  • Establish systems to assure governance and effective performance vs standards and continuous improvement activities.
  • Develop capabilities and technologies, justify, and attain funding, assure deployment and execution of project of project through direct reports and other functional resources.



  • Master’s degree or higher in Food Safety or Microbiology
  • At least 10+ years of relevant experience in food microbiology and food manufacturing
  • Proven track record demonstrating the successful and effective ability to lead, inspire, and manage a team of people
  • Ability to deliver regional microbiological performance excellence and microbiological business support through strategic leadership of regionally deployed resources
  • Ability to partner cross-functionally with colleagues at senior and peer levels in multiple geographies and cultures to and to demonstrate ownership for development, governance, and site level deployment through others of complex programs, technologies and practices
  • Ability to create and prioritize risk countermeasures, based on risk tolerance, severity, and probability of occurrence. Ability to build effective, cross functional continuity plans, designed to mitigate business disruptions.



  • PhD
  • Auditing proficiency through training or certification (i.e., ISO 17025, ASQ, CFSA) 
  • Thermal Process Authority 
  • Supply Chain Based certification focused on Quality and Food Safety: PCQI (or HACCP based on region) 



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