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.

We are enjoying the flexibility of a hybrid work model, in which employees spend part of their week connecting with co-workers in our state-of-the-art headquarters. Located in the booming West Loop of downtown Chicago, it's set up to be a global hub that cultivates collaboration:

  • Take a class at Hamburger University
  • Sample future items in our Test Kitchen
  • Utilize the latest technology to connect with your team around the globe

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:

McDonald's Global Impact team is aligned around a mission to make McDonald’s one of the most respected, trusted, and admired brands in the world. We will do this through actions to drive responsible business growth, investments to foster community, values-based advocacy, and compelling communications that matter to our customers, our System, and our global partners. Read more about our Purpose & Impact here.

The Director - Global Sustainability, Food & Nutrition will lead the development and execution of a well-rounded global strategy to advance McDonald’s food impact agenda and goals across the business.


Food Impact Strategy & Business Advisory

  • Lead and develop a comprehensive McDonald’s global food impact strategy for the enterprise. Specifically, co-lead management of nutrition and choice strategy with Menu team and integrate/align with key Planet and People impact strategies (e.g. climate, public health, strategic sourcing initiatives, etc.).
  • Provide leadership, coordination and support for team's global nutrition goals, policies, progress measurement, reporting and management of external partnerships, in alignment with other relevant teams in Global Impact.
  • Collaborate across teams to advance data tracking, insights and amplification, including shared accountability for enabling commitment and important metric measurement, transparency, advocacy, public policy engagement and communications.
  • Maintain understanding of leading trends and changes in food, nutrition, climate, and other focus areas as program evolves, including regulatory issues (in partnership with Government Relations and external partner advisors.)
  • Identify potential opportunities and risks related to food impact and nutrition to fold into strategies and plans across the System.
  • Gather, analyze and convert into business-useful information the latest relevant research, trends and regulation.

Teams and System Enablement

  • Be responsible for Food Impact Team vertical within Global Sustainability & Social Impact, including one direct report, budget, work priorities and professional development opportunities.
  • Enable a global, cross-functional team to oversee, embed and evolve food impact strategy throughout the McDonald’s System, in partnership with Menu, Marketing, Supply Chain, Climate, Government Relations & Public Policy, Communications, Finance, and with Market Impact teams, and external advisors.
  • Advise as needed with Menu and Supply Chain teams, and supplier partners, to embed food impact, nutrition and choice strategies within product development, reformulation and SC practices.
  • Ensure optimized strategies, efficient engagements and aligned strategy execution accountabilities across functions. Develop and/or support partner teams in identifying, building and deploying solutions for implementation such as roadmaps, toolkits, policies, and standards sharing to implement strategy and enable progress.
  • Market enablement - advise and convene relevant market teams to share standard methodologies and support prioritization.

External Engagement

  • Be the SME on the impact of our food (i.e. related to nutrition, choice, marketing, sustainable diets and public health) with external partners/NGOs, including leading priority partnerships
  • Partner with Government Relations & Public Policy, ESG reporting, Finance, and Legal teams on customer, investor and other external engagements. Serve as lead global SME supporting nutrition-related impact/ESG reporting.
  • Partner with Global Communications and Marketing on credible narratives and messaging related to food strategy and nutrition commitments (e.g., Global Happy Meal Goals)
  • Represent McDonald’s at relevant conferences, external engagements, internal events, etc.
  • 10+ years experience in relevant field(s)
  • Deep knowledge and networks within nutrition, sustainable consumption, global food systems, environmental issues and NGO landscape.
  • Bachelors Degree or relevant practical experience in nutrition, public health, sustainability, or food-related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience managing trends in nutrition, food, and climate, and related marketing areas as well as other environmental focus areas, including regulatory issues.
  • Experience managing complex programs and engaging with multiple collaborators, including internal and external to decentralized organizational structures.
  • Ability to effectively translate latest research into business insights; experience educating and influencing internally to motivate action.
  • Ability to foster strong internal networks and relationships with external partners including NGOs, for-profit organizations, consortiums, and brands, in service of advancing and scaling our public commitments.
  • Global mentality, international experience and facility with non-English languages a plus.
  • Outstanding communication and organizational skills including ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Confidence to engage across all levels of the business and influence without authority.
  • Enterprise approach with corporate or high-profile brand experience preferred. Prior experience leading a team, ideally in McDonald's System context.
Additional Information:

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