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:

This position, located at McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop, will support our Corporate Globalized Functions. This role will be responsible for design and the day-to-day analysis, evaluation, execution, and communication of programs and policies related to compensation. The Compensation Manager will work cross-functionally with HR Business Partners (HRBPs), Functional Leaders, Organizational Design and the Global Total Rewards (GTR) team to ensure our Corporate employees are competitively rewarded across the globe.


  • Provide support and guidance to HRBPs through the waved implementation of a new Human Capital Management system
  • Oversee GTR approval for the enterprise Hiring Governance process
  • Evaluate new roles for adherence to McDonald’s global job leveling criteria using Mercer’s IPE (International Position Evaluation) Tool
  • Market price staff positions at all levels of the organization utilizing external market data and internal position comparisons to aid in the development and maintenance of salary range structures by country
  • Maintain the external market data management system, Payscale, and serve as subject matter expert on market data and related reporting
  • In partnership with Talent Acquisition, prepare compensation recommendations to facilitate promotions, lateral job changes, and international transfers
  • Act as the GTR focal for the Annual Compensation Cycle, educating managers on the process and timeline, reviewing merit, adjustment and LTI recommendations, providing rollup reporting to Functional Leaders and HRBPs, and participating in compensation planning calibration sessions
  • Conduct adhoc analysis as needed to support data driven decision making
  • Partner with other Total Rewards team members to develop education/communication materials on compensation fundamentals and identify opportunities to streamline, standardize and enhance existing processes
  • 4-7 years of proven experience specializing in compensation design, job architecture and total rewards packages
  • Experience working within a globally complex, multi-site organization
  • Proven analytical experience involving large volumes of data
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Suite: especially Excel and Power Point
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid understanding of compensation fundamentals
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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