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Senior Scientist, Packaging Development - Hunt Valley, MD


McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Senior Scientist on the Packaging  Development team in the R&D Division. This new hire will work at the Technical Innovation Center, located in Hunt Valley, MD. The Senior Scientist will report to a Senior Packaging Development Manager. 


With more than $5 billion in annual sales, the Company manufactures markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. We create differentiating flavors consumers prefer with unmatched quality, science, innovation and service. Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick makes every moment and meal better


As a company recognized for 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.




This Senior Scientist role is responsible for supporting the Base Business which is comprised of projects across our Consumer, Food Service and Flavor Solutions business segments.  Projects extend across Branded Line Extensions, Sustainability, Private Brands, and Supply Chain support inclusive of business continuity plans, and operational changes in plant capabilities and equipment.


This role is responsible for packaging efforts that include selection of materials, determination of performance requirements, setting quality standards, creating packaging specifications and coordinating activities with a range of business partners from Procurement to Operations.  This role requires a combination of technical and business knowledge, project management and cross-functional team operation.




Projects are mid-range in scope and complexity and require applied knowledge in the areas of plastic & glass bottles, plastic closures, flexible containers as well as experience with consumer products, manufacturing operations and distribution.  This role includes:

  • Interacts with all levels of management, works cross-functionally, participates in project planning activities, and provides technical guidance in adjacent areas.
  • Provides package design, development, material selection and commercialization services which includes conducting appropriate validation testing to confirm performance and creating comprehensive specifications
  • Accountable for deliverables & project milestones.
  • Acts proactively to plan and prioritizes work, insuring deadlines & customer expectations are met. 
  • Manages parallel paths, cost containment, operational efficiency and problem-solving efforts.
  • Enforces established standards, controls and processes.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Package Engineering, Packaging Technology or an alternate relevant technical discipline
  • Minimum of 7 years of packaging development and project management experience as part of a cross functional team within the Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG) industry
  • Applied knowledge in the areas of plastics (blowmolding & injection molding), laminates, corrugated & labels
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail; strong communication and interpersonal skills; business sense and commercial awareness
  • Strong math and analytical skills to evaluate complex and sometimes ambiguous situations
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage multiple projects at a time




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