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Rotational Program Highlight: Mersedeh Sarrafi

McCormick’s Rotational Program gives high-performing former interns experience in roles within the business upon completion of their undergraduate degrees. Mersedeh Sarrafi interned with the company in 2016 in the Shared Services department, focusing on accounting projects, while attending Towson University. After graduating with a degree in Accounting in 2016, she returned as a Finance Rotational Program candidate and deepened her connection to McCormick.

Positions in the Rotational Program are tailored both to departmental needs, as well as the personal growth and development of participants, and Mersedeh is no exception. Throughout her education, Mersedeh has had a passion for streamlining financial decision-making processing and contributing to the overall financial stability of a company. During her internship, she focused on rebate and general ledger accounting. Within these functions she helped her colleagues to implement a new system for accounting reconciliations and a system for managing promotional funds. Mersedeh valued the willingness of her supervisors and coworkers to contribute to her overall professional development. She was such a great match for the company that at the end of her internship she was immediately accepted into the Rotational Program and transitioned to her new role as a program analyst for the Global Enablement team.

Through her work for the past 18 months with the Global Enablement team, Mersedeh has helped to create efficiencies within McCormick’s liability accounts, which includes payroll, liability account reconciliation and rebate accounting. These projects have helped identify improvement areas for the company and contribute to cost-saving initiatives. 

Throughout all her experiences thus far, strategic thinking has been an area of growth and strength for Mersedeh. Learning to think in this way was her greatest challenge in the transition from college to professional work. With the guidance of her supervisors and support of her team, Mersedeh has fully embraced this way of thinking and it allowed her to be a part of an informal leadership council, where she works alongside others to pitch new products and processes that could be interesting to McCormick leadership. During this first rotation, Mersedeh has developed a solid foundation for her to pursue her next placement in Corporate Accounting Procurement Finance department.

Outside of the projects Mersedeh has successfully completed and the professional development she has gained, she has also found a community within her work at McCormick. Mersedeh came to the U.S. in 2011 from Iran, leaving much of her family in the process. Through her internship and subsequent work experience, her department has become her home away from home. Her colleagues celebrate birthdays, holidays and their accomplishments together inside and out of work. These relationships mean more to Mersedeh than purely professional rapport – her colleagues support her personally as well.

The foundation Mersedeh built between her work at McCormick and college degrees have enabled her to start an MBA program at Loyola University in the fall. She credits her success on the experiences she’s had at McCormick and beyond for preparing her for this next step. And she knows her coworkers will be there cheering her on every step of the way.