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Senior Scientist (Analytical Sciences) - Hunt Valley, MD


McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Senior Scientist in the Analytical Sciences department of 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 the Director of Analytical Sciences.


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, someone recognized for initiative, creativity and a proven record of contributions to the food industry, will apply advanced flavor chemistry and analytical instrumentation knowledge to the study of commercial/natural products. This position will lead, plan, and execute complex technical work with a wide latitude for making decisions related to technical aspects of project work. This position will require a strong knowledge of flavor, food, and analytical chemistry.  It will involve developing new methods and technologies for meeting research project timelines, as well as developing a strong relationship with creative and application teams.



  • Develop techniques and methods for the isolation, identification, and quantitation of flavor/aroma compounds from commercial and natural products.
  • Maintain a wide range of instrumentation, including GC-MS, LC-MS, and GC-Olfactometry.
  • Translate analytical data into winning flavor formulas based on strong knowledge of the flavor chemistry of consumer and natural products.
  • Design new automation and AI tools for analytical testing and flavor formula development.
  • Interact frequently and independently with customers, sensory, flavorists, and applications teams to provide technical input and solutions to meet category criteria.
  • Wide latitude for making decisions related to technical aspects of project work.




  • Master’s Degree or PhD in Food Science, Analytical Chemistry, Natural Products or related fields
  • 3-5 years of chemistry related experience in the industrial food, pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, consumer goods, and/or flavor industry.
  • Strong background in consumer and natural products research including extraction, distillation, chromatographic isolation and separation, and chemical instrumental analysis (GC, GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS)
  • Proven track record in the interpretation of analytical data to support creative formula development.
  • Project management experience
  • Experience successfully collaborating across functions and levels
  • Ability to unlock complex issues  
  • Ability to influence up, down and across
  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment




  • PhD in Food Science, Analytical Chemistry, Natural Products, or related fields
  • Sound working knowledge of analytical, chemical and instrumental techniques
  • Innovative thinking with the ability to react to situations quickly and resolutely
  • Experience in agriculture, horticulture, and/or natural product discovery and characterization
  • Food R&D experience
  • Experience with statistics and advanced data processing
  • Customer facing experience




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