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Senior Product Development Technologist, McCormick Palmwoods


It's an exciting time to be in APZ - McCormick's growth region. Our business here is transforming in remarkable ways. From the rice and spice fields of India and South East Asia to Australia's herb farms, our mosaic of rich distinct cultures inspires the boldest of flavours.  Our headquarters and TIC in Singapore, along with our new and transformed facilities in Thailand, India and Australia are powering our regional growth ambitions. Here you'll find a culture that celebrates the best of both; the energy of and pulse of a startup and the solid legacy of our McCormick brand.  We're a region on the rise - bold, committed and hungry - so only changemakers need apply!


We are seeking an innovative Senior Product Development Technologist to join our dynamic Research and Development team based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.  This role will report to the Product Development Manager with primary responsibilities in new product development and existing product improvement projects for our Gourmet Garden business.  The role requires interactions with key stakeholders in cross-functional teams to execute technical research activities and new product development projects from farm to plate.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years industry experience in the food manufacturing industry and is craving a variety of multinational new product development projects and markets to add their flavour too!


Our Company 


What if there was a company who puts people first - people who take what they do seriously, but not themselves?  People who strive for excellence, have a great attitude, care for the safety of each other and our consumers, people who are innovative and lead by example - because these are the values necessary for a successful career with McCormick Australia. 


McCormick’s Passion for Flavour is brought to life through our consumer brands Gourmet Garden, Keen’s, Aeroplane, French’s and Frank’s. But more than this, we are passionate about our people and our supportive, high performance culture - that’s what it takes to build Australia’s Leading Flavour Company! 


Role Responsibilities   

  • Development of new products and processes in herbs, spices and seasonings.
  • Source, trial & implement new packaging solutions
  • Conduct formulation optimization and continuous improvement projects.
  • Work with a cross functional team to execute NPD activities, production trials and process validation within a fresh agricultural supply chain.
  • Conduct raw material, formula and packaging approvals as required by the new product development procedures.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations concerning the application of new ingredients or processing technologies
  • Prepare the technical documentation required for specifications, labelling and processing parameters as well as provide technical support to internal and external stakeholders.


Technical Skills & Experience Required    

  • Degree qualified in Food Science or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant industry experience FMCG Product Development with experience in fresh produce highly regarded.
  • In depth knowledge of FSANZ and strong technical ability in interpreting food regulations.
  • High attention to detail, ability to adapt and problem solve to deliver technical and innovative solutions.
  • Proven ability to lead the technical functions of NPD projects.  
  • Strong communication skills with experience working in cross-functional teams and project management and the ability to schedule work & meetings across international time zones. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.  SAP and Hamilton Grant knowledge is highly recommended.


If you are ready to spread your wings; McCormick offers a genuine focus on your development with access to world class training.  Our ambitions are bold. If you are a change-maker with a passion for flavour and an appetite for a good challenge, come have a seat at our table.  Please email your resume and a cover letter.  Your application will be treated in strict confidence.


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  If you are a qualified applicant, you 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.


Note: We will not accept unsolicited CVs from recruitment agencies/third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV’s sent directly to line managers at McCormick. 



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.