Senior Chemist - Natural Products
McCormick & Co., Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Natural Products Chemist within Research & Development at the Technical Innovation Center (TIC) located at 204 Wight Avenue in Hunt Valley, MD. This Senior Chemist will report to a Senior Principal Scientist. With more than $4 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 McCormick flavored. McCormick makes every meal and moment better (TM) ! To learn more about us, please visit www.mccormickcorporation.com. As an employer recognized for exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services including, but not limited to, tuition assistance, medical & dental, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing plan, paid holidays and vacations. MCCORMICK'S TECHNICAL INNOVATION CENTER (TIC) McCormick's R&D has an unparalleled record of successful innovation creating flavors for products that matter. Today, more than ever, our team of top sensory, analytical, & materials scientists and research chefs - our innovation enablers - are helping us develop a new generation of tools to create products to satisfy consumers' quests for authentic, premium flavor, to meet the exploding demand for positive nutrition, and to address the critical need for sustainable manufacturing and food safety. We provide a high-quality R&D environment with an emphasis on teamwork, customer satisfaction, and interdepartmental cooperation. State-of-the-art equipment and facilities exist in laboratories devoted both to basic and applied research and product development with excellence in chemistry, microbiology, microscopy, molecular biology, engineering, sensory science, culinary science, & flavor and seasoning creation and applications. Our "passion for flavor" extends to customers around the globe. RESPONSIBILITIES Work closely with Flavorists to identify needs and opportunities for natural flavors and extracts Pro-actively develop flavor solutions that are market preferred leveraging input from bench top product development, culinary testing, technical innovation, and consumer trend analysis Anticipate, investigate and resolve problems related to raw materials, flavor systems, finished prototypes and initial scale-up procedures Build successful and cooperative relationships with other technical counterparts and leverage company technical resources in support of global technology implementation Collect and analyze data from experiments and concepts to prepare summary reports and recommendations for the leadership team Provide input to advance strategic category initiatives REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS MS degree and/or PhD in Food Science, Chemistry, Food Engineering, or closely related discipline Minimum 10 years (with MS degree) OR Minimum 6 years (with PhD) of R&D experience in food, food ingredient, and/or natural product industry Significant experience in the natural products industry gaining a solid understanding of how and where natural flavor ingredients are sourced Significant hands-on experience with laboratory and/or pilot plant equipment Experience with process scale-up from pilot to commercial scale manufacturing Strong Chemistry and Mathematics skills Strong background in analytical methods and sensory science Experience managing large, complex projects Ability to work independently and as part of a team Ability to collaborate effectively across functions and levels Excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal Ability to work safely and follow Good Manufacturing Practices Ability to periodically lift up to 30 pounds PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS PhD in Food Science, Food Chemistry, or a Natural Products Chemistry field Strong background working with flavor raw materials Demonstrated product and process development experience Experience realizing formulas, making dilutions, and modifying usage rates 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.