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Scientist II, Materials & Processing Technology - Hunt Valley, MD


McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Scientist II to join the Materials and Process Technology department. This new hire will work at the Technical Innovation Center located in Hunt Valley, MD. The Scientist II will report to the Materials and Process Technology Director. 

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.





The Scientist II is responsible for managing complex technical projects as part of a global initiative through all phases of product design and launch to create superior products, intellectual property and competitive advantage for McCormick.  This Scientist will plan and implement applied research in Materials Science and be responsible for commercialization of new products, ingredients and technologies. This individual will be expected to contribute to technical problem solving for internal and external customers, as well as aid in new product innovation, development, scale-up, and analytical characterization including their effects on processing. This Scientist will also be expected to analyze and document results, then communicate these results to the technical community and management.



  • Leads the scientific work related to strategic technical projects and programs that make use of proprietary technology
  • Leads the discovery of new ingredients and technologies to drive new product innovation.
  • Provides expertise and technical guidance in the areas of food science, technology, and engineering to Product Development Scientists and Manufacturing/Supply Chain
  • Support new product commercialization and problem solving in manufacturing
  • Manages intellectual property for all current projects
  • Effectively present ideas, strategies, and achievements to functional teams and senior management




  • MS in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Food Engineering, or closely related food discipline with 5-7 years of R&D experience in the food, flavor, ingredient, and/or beverage industry
  • Relevant experience in fundamental and/or applied technology development
  • Experience managing large, complex projects
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills
  • Strong background in materials science, ingredient technology, food engineering, and food chemistry
  • Strong background in analytical methods (microscopy, particle size, rheology, calorimetry, food analysis) and sensory science
  • Strong background in statistics and experimental design
  • Effective verbal and written communications
  • Experience working with ingredient suppliers and product development
  • Experience collaborating and communicating effectively across levels and functions
  • PhD specifically in Food Science, Food Chemistry or Engineering with 1-3 years of experience
  • Experience with spray drying, flavor encapsulation, emulsion technology, melt extrusion
  • Strong background in material characterization methods including rheology, particle analysis, microscopy, calorimetry
  • Strong background in food polymer science, starches, gums, emulsifiers, flavors
  • Experience with strategic planning




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.