Job Description

Company Description:

McDonald's is the largest family restaurant in the world, serving approximately 69 million customers across 36,000 restaurants a day: in more than 100 countries. The UK & Ireland market is one of the most successful entities across the wider business, serving on average 4 million people a day. It has operated in UK since 1974 and the business is growing continuously with more than 1,400 restaurants and over 154,000 employees.

McDonald’s UK & Ireland has a proven track record of investing in the development of its employees and offering flexibility as part of its dedication to being a modern and progressive company. Every year, it invests over £40 million in developing people, giving every one of its employees the opportunity to take part in structured training.

McDonald’s buys ingredients from over 17,500 British and Irish farmers and spends over £1.1billion annually on its food and packaging requirements. McDonald’s is committed to supporting British and Irish farmers to ensure it can continue to source many of its ingredients from the UK and Ireland.

McDonald’s is a market leader in its field, striving for the highest standard of quality, speed and restaurant experience. Re-generation of our restaurant infrastructure, covering digital ordering, re-imaging and dual-point service make working at McDonald’s more exciting than ever!

We are dedicated to using our scale for good: good for people, our industry and the planet. From bold recycling initiatives and sustainable sourcing efforts to our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, we see every day as a chance to have a genuine impact on our customers, our people and our partners.

We're a people business just as much as we are a restaurant business. We strive to be the most inclusive brand in the world by building diverse teams who create delicious, feel-good moments that are easy for everyone to enjoy. Joining McDonald's means thinking big every day and preparing for a career that can have impact around the world.

Company Vision and Culture

Our Global vision is to build a better McDonald’s and, in the UK, and Ireland we are working hard to be the UK & Irelands best-loved restaurant company.

McDonald’s is defined by its culture. Our culture shapes and informs everything we think and everything we do. Our culture influences the way we interact with each other, and how we interact with customers, franchisees and suppliers. Our culture motivates and inspires us to attract and retain great talent, creating positive, energising, exceptional working environment for us all.

Our values drive our culture and shape our beliefs, our priorities and our actions. They influence the decisions we make, how we treat one another and how we show up as a brand to the world.

Serve: We put our customers and our people first

Inclusion: We open our doors to everyone

Integrity: We do the right thing

Community: We are good neighbours

Family: We get better together

Job Description:

The Opportunity 

Here is the chance to join our well-established Payroll Team in the early stage of our transition project to a new payroll software. You will take a leading role in all upcoming payroll projects working directly with the Payroll Manager and Payroll Team. There may also be a requirement to work with the team to process the payroll for around 20,000 of our crew every fortnight along with 2 monthly payrolls for our salaried staff.

What will my accountabilities be?

Well, what’s a normal day in payroll - There isn’t one as it changes every day. You could be running the fortnightly payroll one day and leading a project to cover the latest government changes the next. There will always be new things to learn and you will play a leading part in all new department projects. These may even be from an idea of your own that we explore and take on board, so the opportunities are endless.

Your main duties will include

  • Review and document current and future payroll processes
  • Work with the existing Payroll team to gain knowledge and understanding of the defined payroll requirements
  • Taking a leading role in all upcoming projects within the department
  • Liaise will all relevant stakeholders at all levels
  • Working with the team to ensure all team members are paid accurately and on time every time
  • Provide a high standard of customer service to all internal and external customers
  • Provide support to cross functional teams as requested; both within the department and broader business
  • Ensure integrity and security of all payroll data
  • Maintain internal control procedures to safeguard the integrity of the company
  • Assist with Year End processing for multiple companies

What Team will I be a part of?

We have a very broad remit in Finance and are highly regarded, with the result that we have oversight of everything that happens across the business and Payroll is at the heart of this.

Who are my customers?

  • McDonald’s UK Head Office, Restaurants and Operations
  • Government bodies and external organisations such as HMRC and external project partners



What background do I need to have?

We will shortly be starting our journey to a new payroll software, so we need the ideal candidate to be up for a challenge and someone that really embraces change with both hands.

Key attributes you will have are:

  • Experience of working in a team
  • Payroll experience
  • Comfort and experience of working in a fast paced and changing working environment
  • Experience and an ability to think outside of the box to solve problems
  • Continuous improvement and curious mindset
  • Knowledge of payroll and pension legislation and compliance
  • Adherence to payroll and statutory deadlines to mitigate risk of penalties and delayed payments
  • Be proficient with Microsoft Office software i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, confidence, keen eye for detail, high level of accuracy, resiliency and passionate about both payroll and McDonalds
  • Experience of system implementation projects (Desirable)
  • Experience of process mapping payroll processes (Desirable)
  • Experience of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) requirements within Payroll (Desirable)
  • Experience of AS400 / Payplan (Moorepay) payroll system (Desirable)
  • Experience of ResourceLink/Zellis HCM payroll system (Desirable)
  • CIPP qualified or working towards (Desirable)
Additional Information:

At McDonald’s we are People from all Walks of Life... 

People are at the heart of everything we do, and they make the McDonald’s experience. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture that means people can be their best authentic self in our restaurants and offices, which helps us to better serve our customers. We have a strong heritage of diversity and representation within our communities, which we are proud of. The diversity of our people, customers, Franchisees and suppliers gives us strength.

We do not tolerate inequality, injustice or discrimination of any kind.  These are hugely important issues and a brand with our reach and relevance means we have a very meaningful role to play.

We also recognise our responsibility as a large employer to continue being active in our communities, helping to develop skills and drive aspirations that will help people to be more aware of the world of work and more successful within it, whether with McDonald’s or elsewhere."


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