VP, North America QA Operations




McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time VP, North America QA Operations. The VP, North America QA Operations will report to the VP Global Quality Operations. This new hire will be based at McCormick's global headquarters in Hunt Valley, MD and will be eligible to participate in McCormick's hybrid work program (50% onsite and 50% remote per month). 


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.



Reporting to the VP Global QA Operations, the VP North America (NA) QA Operations will lead the Quality Operations daily activities in North-America providing strategic vision, leadership and decision-making for the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of key Quality programs in strong collaboration with other functions most notably Supply Chain.  This role represents the Quality as well as Regulatory function within the Americas Leadership Team ensuring business proximity.




  • Provides Strategic Leadership by setting Direction for Budget, Priorities/Goals, supports large Business Unit Projects (capital/acquisition integration), Business Contingency Plan support, Assessing Business/Customer Needs, etc. for all North American sites and with overall NA Regional Business proximity and customer and consumer centricity. Translates and cascades business needs in strategies for Quality as this role is representing Quality and Regulatory at the Americas Leadership Team (ALT).
  • Delivers Business Success and Tracks Performance for Operational Quality in our sites and with our customers. Responsible for scorecard/metrics (internal Quality and external cross-functions), Reviews, drives root cause analysis discipline, ensures implementation of transformational QA programs and site risk reduction. Influences business partners and closely collaborates with Supply Chain to own quality through metrics/goals.  Plays pro-active role to enhance NA Business growth and opportunities.
  • Talent Management – Organize NA QA Operations with the right organizational design and talent. Strong Leadership of direct reports as Americas Quality leadership team and all talent processes ie. Hiring Processes, Talent Review, Succession and Development, etc.
  • Drive Customer Intimacy and Growth – Ensures the consumer and customer quality needs are central in strategic plans and conversations. Develop senior customer relationships and business strategies, drive organizational value with internal partnership (inside QA, operations or commercial)
  • Escalated Issue Management – Risk Assessments, IRs, BAs, Market Actions, Internal Business Communication and Alignment


Secondary Responsibilities


  • Supports Supply Chain, Sales, Marketing, Commercialization, and Product Development functions as needed
  • Travel requirements approximately 25% of time.
  • Visits NQ sites to foster strong relationships




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Biology or relevant field; advanced degree preferred
  • 10+ years of experience
  • Demonstrated performance and potential
  • Experience in Food manufacturing is a must, preferably in comparable type of processing.
  • Strong experience with Quality as a function in an operational context. Ideally experienced with customer or operations quality or related function, including Supply Chain or Product Development
  • Project Management and Transformational (change) management experience, including large initiatives or programs.
  • Experience with Organizational changes and planning, FSMA Implementation, Plant Quality Turn Around or Closure, Global Customer Leadership, Progressive Quality/TPM Leadership
  • Experience building high-performing teams and collaboration
  • Strategic Planning - Developed team or organizational strategy based on organizational strengths and competitive need. Ability to envision future needs. Develop short-term, medium, and long-term strategies (1-5 years), including development of action plans, obtaining or assigning resources, and aligning day-to-day processes to achieve strategic goals. Ability to build diverse, inclusive teams to drive innovation.
  • Ability to use verbal fluency, conversational skills, emotional intelligence, influence, and an understanding of trends, culture and motivation to develop a future-focused, future-ready organization. Understanding of the power of using small executable steps to fuel innovation.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity to navigate in a high demanding business context where quality transformation needs to happen.
  • Business savviness is critical to deliver quality results in a challenging business environment and navigate priorities and budgets
  • Ability to build strong working relationships and cross-functional teams that support change, collaboration and deliver results, using change management tools. Ability to sponsor change via effective communication (written, spoken, and presentations) to audiences of varying levels. Ability to resolve conflicts, when needed.
  • Ability to negotiate in an optimized way in which compromise and agreement is reached while avoiding argument and dispute. Standards of Quality and Regulatory and seeking mutual benefit are key tools used to maintain relationships with both internal stakeholders and external partners.
  • Ability to connect and cascade around leadership vision and strategy (from internal or external)






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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