Job Description

Company Description:

McDonald’s new growth strategy, Accelerating the Arches, encompasses all aspects of our business as the leading global omni-channel restaurant brand. As the consumer landscape shifts we are using our competitive advantages to further strengthen our brand. One of our core growth strategies is to Double Down on the 3Ds (Delivery, Digital and Drive Thru). McDonald’s will accelerate technology innovation so 65M+ customers a day will experience a fast, easy experience, whether at one of our 25,000 and growing Drive Thrus, through McDelivery, dine-in or takeaway.

Leading this tech revolution is McDonald’s Global Technology organization made up of intrapreneurs who get to build really cool tech with scary smart people using the latest innovations like AI, IOT, and edge computing. We do this working along diverse, global teams who are always hungry for a challenge. It’s bonus points when you get to see your family and friends use the tech you build at their favorite McD restaurant.

This role will collaborate closely with cybersecurity experts, market leads, project managers, and Global Technology Solutions teams to ensure the reliable and efficient operation of McDonald’s security services. In addition, this role will be responsible for managing and collaborating with the support teams that handle tickets and other operational tasks for McDonald’s security services. This person will work closely with others in Global Technology Risk Management and other areas of Global Technology to ensure that our services are meeting the needs of markets, application teams, and other stakeholders.

Check out the Global Technology Technical Blog to learn how technology is directly enabling the Accelerating the Arches strategy.

Job Description:

McDonald’s is seeking a Director, Application Data Protection to build and grow a new team. The Data Protection team is committed to secure and protect McDonald’s information anywhere, on any device, and at all times. We are seeking the most driven and high-reaching cybersecurity professionals to partner with us in continuing to build our culture of security. We strive to find the balance of security with productivity but will never compromise on the quality and effectiveness of our data protection controls. This role will be focused on working to understand what sensitive data McDonald’s has within applications, where it is, and how to protect it. This opportunity is part of the Global Technology Risk Management Team (GTRM), and reports to the Sr. Director, Data Protection.

This role will coordinate the different perspectives from collaborators involved to build an effective program around governing data risks, tying together the input from teams focused on data governance, global regulatory and compliance risks, and cybersecurity risks into a cohesive data protection program. They will help to prioritize, design, and monitor the effectiveness of security controls related to data throughout the system development lifecycle.

This role will work with partners globally to deploy the data protection services across markets. This person must set the high-level strategy and direction for the team and for vendor partners and set clear expectations, goals, and requirements that must be obtained as a measure of success. This position will work with and advise market technology teams, Cybersecurity Service Operations, security architects, application owners, key vendors and others to ensure the continued effectiveness of data protection controls.

We are adapting quickly and are adding to our best-in-class team, and joining McDonald's means thinking big every day and preparing for a career that will affect the world. We are customer-focused, committed to being leaders in our industry, and believe we are better when we work together. Over the last several years, we have launched home delivery, radically improved the digital experiences of our restaurants, introduced mobile pay, and have so much more to come. These critical initiatives require strong leadership to ensure compliance with policies, standards, regulatory requirements, and best methodologies.

McDonald’s is investing heavily in technology to drive our growth. We’re looking at how to use technology to improve the customer experience and build new customer experiences. We’re also exploring technologies that can help us reduce or eliminate repetitive tasks and make employees’ jobs more exciting and rewarding. With all the new projects and initiatives, it is an exciting time to be on the Cybersecurity team, helping to make a safer and Better McDonald's!


  • Build and lead the Application Data Protection team, working to understand what sensitive data McDonald’s has within applications, where it is, and how to protect it.
  • Collaborate with other partners in Data Governance, Privacy, and Risk Management to assess and inventory data types and associated risks, including emerging regulatory risks.
  • Collaborate with other partners in Cloud Security, Cybersecurity Service Engineering, and Application Security teams to identify, prioritize, and assist with enabling/monitoring appropriate security controls based on data risks.
  • Build strong relationships by collaborating with market technology teams and application owners to understand business requirements and assess data risks throughout the system development lifecycle.
  • Develop and improve security policies, standards, procedures and guidelines related to the protection of application data.
  • Assess the strategic and practical needs of McDonald’s data protection initiatives and identify and drive improvements to related processes and technologies.
  • Define and create risk and performance metrics to measure risk rankings and risk reduction.
  • Ensure security policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines are followed.
  • Identify developmental needs of direct reports and develop suggestions to address those needs. Act as a mentor to team members on projects and provides on-the-job training.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • 8+ years of Sr. Manager experience with a background in designing, building, or operating data protection services.
  • Experienced in leading collaborative efforts across organizational silos, including multifunctional teams of IT professionals, compliance teams, and business executives.
  • Experience with data risk program design, including alignment to cybersecurity and compliance programs.
  • Global team management and people leadership experience
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities, with a focus on balancing security requirements with business objectives

Desired Skills:

  • Experienced in data governance, data engineering, and associated technologies.
  • Experience with cloud application deployment models, particularly AWS and Azure.
  • Experience with data protection and governance technologies, e.g., Data Discovery, Data Inventory/Catalogs, Certificate and Key Management, Database Encryption, and Database Activity Monitoring.
  • Experience or familiarity with emerging data protection technologies, e.g., Data Security Posture Management, Data Security Platforms, Synthetic Data, and Differential Privacy.
  • Experience with Security by Design and DevSecOps principles and methodologies.
  • Experience in evaluation and selection of emerging technologies, including defining business cases and roadmaps.
  • Familiarity with sophisticated multinational companies and distributed business models.
  • Professional certifications such as CISSP, CISM, or similar.
Additional Information:

McDonald’s is committed to providing qualified individuals with reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Additionally, if you (or another applicant of whom you are aware) require assistance accessing or reading this job posting or otherwise seek assistance in the application process, please contact

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.

Nothing in this job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.

Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply for this position. A new window will open and direct you to apply at our corporate careers page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply Online