Sensory Science Lead


You may know McCormick as a leader in herbs, spices, seasonings, and condiments – and we’re only getting started. At McCormick, we’re always looking for new people to bring their unique flavor to our team.

McCormick employees – all 14,000 of us across the world – are what makes this company a great place to work.


We are looking to hire a Sensory Science Lead immediately at our Technical Innovation Center in Hunt Valley, MD. 


What We Bring To The Table:

The best people deserve the best rewards. In addition to the benefits you’d expect from a global leader (401k, health insurance, paid time off, etc.) we also offer:

• Competitive compensation

• Career growth opportunities

• Flexibility and Support for Diverse Life Stages and Choices

• We prioritize our communities and the planet we share. We are proud to be awarded as a Diversity Inc. Top 50 company for Diversity and have multiple Sustainability awards (ranking #22 in the World and #1 in Food Products)

• Wellbeing programs including Physical, Mental and Financial wellness

• Tuition assistance


Position Overview

The Sensory Science Lead, under the supervision of the Sensory science manager, is responsible for but not limited to, the day-to-day operation of the QA Sensory laboratory.  They will manage the temporary lab technician, scheduling laboratory activities and prioritizes and assign tasks to lab technicians. They will analyze, interpret, and report sensory findings to internal stakeholders.  The Sensory lead performs duties to support lab technicians and train lab technicians on sensory protocols, sample preparations and proper food safety methods.  The sensory lead orders lab supplies and assists in placing work orders and lab equipment maintenance. In addition, the sensory lead will support the training of sensory panelists, the external panel team, vendors, and Customers.



1. Coordinates and leads test preparation and plans test protocols to be used. Duties include prioritizing and assisting in sample preparation of customer complaints, plant samples and vendor samples. 

2. Oversees daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance on all sensory equipment. Tracks Sensory walk-in freezer temperature. Issue work orders for repairs and recommend replacement/new equipment if needed.

3. Supports vendors and plants on Sensory Shelf-Life studies. Supports the management of the gold standard program.

4. Supervises contract employees’ daily responsibilities, vacation time etc.

5. Communicate sensory issues, analyze interpret and report Sensory test results to the appropriate personnel. Daily

 6. Assist in the training of sensory panelists and vendors on the Quality Sensory Method. Assist in panel performance exercises 



  • BS in Technical Area related to foods, emphasis in Sensory Evaluation
  • Minimum 3 years of related Sensory experience. Demonstrated leadership skills in present and past performance. Ability to work tight deadlines, attention to detail, demonstrate flexibility and ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent written & oral communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels of the organization. Proven attention to detail and accuracy. Must be flexible and adaptable to business needs. Strong interpersonal and customer relations skills. Ability to perceive flavor, texture, and Color differences. Safety is a priority for the quality team. This person must be able to work safely, recognize concerns, and address the concerns to prevent accidents.
  • Proven analytical, mathematical, verbal, written and attention to detail skills. Proficiency with PC’s - demonstrated knowledge of Windows operating system and Microsoft applications (i.e., Word, Excel), Compusense, SharePoint, Teams and PowerApps. Basic laboratory skills, proficient food preparation skills and excellent housekeeping skills.




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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