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. As the global leader in the food service industry, our legacy of innovation and hard work continues to drive us.
From drive thru updates to delivery to mobile order and pay, we are innovating quickly and growing. 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 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. We are interested in people who enhance our company culture: Does this role interest you? We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every single requirement!

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.

This position will support the development and execution of McDonald’s global sustainability strategy for food and planet impact, with a strong focus on advancing McDonald’s climate and renewable energy strategy, in partnership with markets and global functions.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support development and execution of McDonald’s global renewable energy strategy in partnership with markets and global functions (finance, legal, supply chain, development, government relations, etc.).
  • Manage consultant workstreams and budget, assist in shepherding vendor partnerships.
  • Partner with relevant internal teams (Community, Government Relations, DEI, etc.) to identify, develop, and implement strategies around social/community impact, policy developments, community engagement, environmental justice, human rights, etc., as it relates to renewable energy and climate.
  • Collaborate with food and planet directors to advance forward-looking strategic projects and innovation beyond renewable energy. Including, but not limited to initiatives related to net zero targets, packaging & waste circularity, forests, nutrition, resiliency, water, environmental justice, etc.
  • Work closely with Supply Chain, Design Development, Legal, and other functional teams to drive forward and ensure successful implementation of initiatives in circularity, renewable energy, and climate as they come to life in restaurants and offices worldwide.
  • Contribute to internal and external communications, engagement, and ESG reporting - including Leadership progress updates, employee/crew engagement, external website updates/announcements, and CDP/Sustainalytics.
  • Develop and lead strong external partnerships with NGO, multi-stakeholder groups and consultants. Maintain understanding of leading trends and changes in climate science, GHG accounting, renewable energy, green buildings, and other focus areas as program evolves, including regulatory issues and shaping policy, in partnership with Government Relations.
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination required.
  • 5 years minimum experience.
  • Deep knowledge of global social and environmental issues and NGO landscape. Experience managing environmental programs and engaging stakeholders.
  • Experience related to climate science, carbon accounting, renewable energy, energy markets, green building, finance, sustainability-related marketing, and/or other environmental focus areas, including regulatory issues.
  • Enterprise mindset with corporate or high-profile brand experience preferred. 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. Ability to navigate complex and decentralized organizational structures.
  • Degree in sustainability, ESG-related field, business, marketing, or psychology preferred. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to influence, and empathy.  Ability to quickly build strong working relationships in a decentralized and global environment.
Additional Information:

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