Senior Scientist- Flavor Design + Applications at McCormick

Full-time Position in Cockeysville


This Senior Scientist will support the Savory Flavor Design and Applications Team through applying and evaluating flavors in a variety of finished products.



  • Leading creative flavor applications and prototype development in meals, crackers, soups, sauces, gravies, and salty snack products, providing excellent flavor applications support for industrial customers
  • Contributing to technically driven business development activities in the Flavor Applications area
  • Facilitating complex projects including planning and leading cross functional project teams, defining and assessing project requirements and designing and managing experiments
  • Building competency within the area of Flavor Applications
  • Providing support as internal expert on projects performed in other Product Development (PD) groups within McCormick 
  • Collecting and interpreting test data
  • Utilizing a strong understanding of consumer & general sensory testing, including PD application
  • Developing model systems for flavor performance evaluation
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with key customers and vendors at all levels
  • Serving as mentor and talent developer for less experienced technical colleagues
  • Researching and assessing new ingredients & technologies for PD improvement
  • Collaborating with outside consultants, and / or with vendors on special projects



  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry, or related technical field
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the food and/or flavor industry including:
    • at least 3 years of savory flavor applications in a flavor house AND/OR at least 3 years’ savory product development within a consumer products company
  • Strong experience with flavor delivery systems, ingredients and flavors
  • Experience supervising employees and leading teams
  • Experience with consumer and sensory testing, including its application to product development
  • Project management experience with the ability to lead and manage a project team of Flavorists and Application personnel while adhering to deadlines
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Experience effectively collaborating across levels and functions within the organization and with external customers and vendors
  • Ability to interpret scientific data, including sensory and analytical results
  • Experience successfully collaborating with diverse groups of people
  • High degree of ownership and professional commitment
  • Proven success multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • Curiosity and innovative thinking
  • A passionate interest in food
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 15% of the time



  • MS degree and/or PhD in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Engineering, Chemistry, or related field
  • Experience with thermal processing such as retort and HTST
  • Experience with SAP
  • Experience with product formulary and retrieval systems
  • Culinary interest and/or related training


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.


McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future.  You must be lawfully authorized to commence work upon being offered employment.