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:

The Finance Payroll Lead is responsible for the strategy, design, and delivery of a global Payroll transformation program to build a sustainable Payroll delivery model across people, process, and technology to manage the work at a global scale.

The Payroll Lead will partner with key Finance, HR, IT, Market Leaders and other stakeholders to determine Payroll transformation timelines, scope, processes, and requirements across markets to ensure the transformation delivers the right functionality & operations to drive business objectives.


  • Define & oversee Payroll transformation program roadmap and program plan, integrating closely with ongoing functional transformation initiatives (e.g., HR, Finance)
  • Manage overall Payroll transformation team, spanning McDonald’s and third-party support resources
  • Define and socialize the future state global payroll operating model strategy with Market, Finance, and HR leaders
  • Facilitate sourcing discussions related to future state Payroll delivery & technology solutions
  • Oversee design of leading practice Payroll processes to meet McDonald’s business needs
  • Partner with key Finance, IT, HR, and business stakeholders to document business & technical requirements to implement Payroll technology solutions that enable leading practice processes
  • Support the efforts with IT teams to ensure efficient Payroll system integration between the core Finance & HR systems
  • Serve as the solutions expert and coordinate with the project team during key phases of the program
  • Work closely with the key stakeholders to identify Payroll reporting/analytics needs to develop and enhanced capabilities as needed
  • Support definition of change management plan specific to Payroll transformation
  • Conduct regular review of the Payroll solution and its ability to meet business needs and facilitate effective and efficient Payroll processes
  • Support in identification, escalation, and mitigation of program risks, partnering with other functional teams to resolve cross-functional dependencies
  • 10+ years with demonstrated experience deploying Payroll processes, operating models, and systems in large multinational organizations
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with management both within and outside of Finance
  • Ability to develop / maintain strong business relationships with executive leaders
  • Strong communication, presentation, and influencing skills
  • Strong knowledge of Payroll solutions to identify areas for optimization
  • Excellent listening, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Proven project management experience; ability to balance multiple initiatives and project timelines and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to learn technology quickly through instruction and self-training
Additional Information:

McDonald’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our workforce. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone. McDonald’s provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities as part of the application or hiring process or to perform the essential functions of their job. If you need assistance accessing or reading this job posting or otherwise feel you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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