Job Description

Company Description:

McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognized brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries that serve 70 million customers daily. We continue to operate from a position of strength. Our updated growth strategy is focused on staying ahead of what our customers want and realizing further growth potential.   Our relentless ambition is why McDonald’s remains one of the world’s leading corporations after almost 70 years. Joining McDonald's means thinking big and preparing for a career that can have influence around the world.

At McDonald’s, we see every day as a chance to create positive impact. We lead through our values centered on inclusivity, service, integrity, community and family. From support of Ronald McDonald House Charities to our Youth Opportunity project and sustainability initiatives, our values keep us dedicated to using our scale for good: good for our customers, people, industry and planet. We also offer a broad range of outstanding benefits including a sabbatical program, tuition assistance and flexible work arrangements - check them out here!

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our crew members, staff, operators, and suppliers. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone. 

Job Description:

The McDonald’s Corporate Development & Strategy function has guided and supported key organic and inorganic growth-oriented priorities across the Globe. These include the launch of the company’s overall long-term growth strategy ("Accelerating the Arches"), as well as acquisitions and divestitures of several businesses.

The Corporate Development & Strategy Manager role contributes to these priorities by leading and supporting selected cross-functional strategic projects and partnering with senior leaders on a variety of efforts. Based out of of global headquarters in the West Loop of Chicago, the Corporate Development & Strategy Manager will be responsible for: 

  • Competitive Intelligence / Benchmarking - building a more robust function around: tracking and evaluating competitors (i.e., by technology, product,, etc.); and leading strategic exercises (e.g., war gaming)
  • Strategic Planning / Board support - targeted support of markets and functions during our short and long term strategic planning process. Additionally, providing support in preparing materials for quarterly Board meetings
  • Customer Segmentation support - supporting the Global Insights team in understanding our customers better through in depth customer research and analysis
  • Select large strategic analysis support - partnering with other functions and teams to support key initiatives and explorations
  • Select Business Development work - process and analytics support on inorganic evaluations
  • Trend analysis - supporting analysis behind creation of a more robust view on overall macro trends (e.g., automation, urbanization)
  • Data and analytics - partnering with the various data analytic departments including IT and Business intelligence to translate data to insights
  • Internal strategy consulting support - partnering with business units and functions to support key initiatives and explorations.  This includes partnering with senior leaders as we continue to fortify our strategy
  • Project management support - creating structure and supporting key initiatives to ensure robust execution
  • Select Corporate Development work - process and analytics support on inorganic evaluations and strategic supplier partnerships
  • Accelerator partnership - leading relationships with external early-stage investors, accelerators, and corporate innovation platforms

Must be fully vaccinated (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) for COVID-19 and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by start date.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Tech, Engineering, Mathematics, Finance or Economics
  • 3+ years essential experience in strategy, finance, marketing, or insights
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Prior experience working with local-global organizations, either in market or corporate roles
  • Excellent project management capabilities and ability to manage and prioritize simultaneous projects
  • Collaboration and communication skills - a stand-out colleague who can form relationships across markets and functions
  • Strong analytical and presentation development capabilities
  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Qualities supporting growth of the Global Strategy & BD team’s reputation within McDonald’s

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous Big 4 experience
  • Previous investment banking experience
  • Restaurant/Hospitality industry experience 
Additional Information:

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McDonald’s provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, disability status, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, protected military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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