Job Description

Company Description:

McDonald’s new growth strategy, Accelerating the Arches, encompasses all aspects of our business as the leading global omni-channel restaurant brand. As the consumer landscape shifts we are using our competitive advantages to further strengthen our brand. One of our core growth strategies is to Double Down on the 4Ds (Delivery, Digital and Drive Thru and Development). McDonald’s will accelerate technology innovation so 65M+ customers a day will experience a fast, easy experience, whether at one of our 25,000 and growing Drive Thrus, through McDelivery, dine-in or takeaway.

Leading this tech revolution is McDonald’s Global Technology organization made up of intrapreneurs who get to build really cool tech with scary smart people using the latest innovations like AI, IOT, and edge computing. We do this working along diverse, global teams who are always hungry for a challenge. It’s bonus points when you get to see your family and friends use the tech you build at their favorite McD restaurant.

As we have matured as an engineering organization and seen the demands for technology grow exponentially, we’re gearing up to deliver on the next set of opportunities for the business. We are building up an engineering team in house accountable for our strategic products. We’ll have diverse squads made up of engineers with traditional and specialized skillsets, both from internal engineers coupled with our partners, to help us flex with demand and solve technology innovation challenges done at an incredible scale.

Check out the Global Technology Technical Blog to learn how technology is directly enabling the Accelerating the Arches strategy.

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:

As a key member of the global enterprise architecture team that defines enterprise architecture strategy, north star capability and architecture blueprints, architecture standards, and drives holistic execution and realization of the architecture vision, the principal architect - infrastructure will be playing a critical role in providing the architecture thought leadership along with execution influence across our global technology and business organizations.


  • Establish holistic enterprise-level technology vision, strategy, standards, and capability roadmaps that set coherent context and direction connecting key cloud & on-prem infrastructure initiatives with products & platforms transformation journeys for both commercial and enterprise domains.
  • Design and develop infrastructure architectures, standards, and specifications for products & platforms (both commercial & enterprise) supporting current and future business needs.
  • Represent EA infrastructure point of view in strategic initiatives to advise and develop short and long-term infrastructure roadmaps.
  • Work in close collaboration with domain architects within global technology infrastructure and operations, as well as within commercial and enterprise products & platforms teams, to provide guidance and gain alignment for infrastructure design, implementation, and standardization.
  • Ensure infrastructure design adheres to organization policies, standards, and guidelines on security and compliance.
  • Apply EA capability modeling framework and domain-driven design principles in defining the to-be state architecture, capability domain boundaries and evolution strategy.
  • Define OKRs and KPIs for EA infrastructure practice and drive measurable outcomes.
  • Lead highly strategic infrastructure initiatives and drive key technology decision and alignment at executive level.
  • Mentor other architects and play a key role in maturing the infrastructure architecture practice.


  • BS or MS in Computer Science, MIS or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years of experience in hands-on Infrastructure design of compute, network and storage; Development and integration of complex systems; with at least 3+ years in leading architecture/design roles for large-scale complex systems and problem solving.
  • Relevant infrastructure architecture or engineering experience with developing solutions leveraging cloud infrastructure services, integration platforms, container orchestration, databases, API mediation & messaging systems.
  • Hands-On leadership experience in large-scale cloud migration/transformation on one or more leading cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud.
  • Experience in implementing infrastructure as code tools and practices, such as Terraform.
  • Strong analytical and architectural modeling skills. Well-Versed in key architecture concepts and principles, including DDD, microservices, REST APIs, viewpoints, and perspectives, etc.
  • Experience with all facets of architecture and engineering including application development, data platforms, infrastructure, and deployment. Experience delivering large-scale cloud-native solutions.
  • Exposure to an enterprise level, global technology landscape and a proven ability to establish standards and define future roadmaps for a global company.
  • Ability to partner with business and technology stakeholders to define and communicate values and outcome of new or evolving capabilities.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience in large enterprise digital transformation.
  • Systems thinker.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems from technology, business model and process, as well as organizational lens.
  • Ability to manage ad hoc demands along with organizational priorities and set realistic expectations.
  • A self-initiated influencer, and strong stakeholder management.



  • Proven success in leadership role and vision.
  • Capable of working with technology and business leadership to align technical roadmaps to key business strategies and goals.
  • Demonstrable ability to coordinate multi-functional teams of IT professionals, business executives, and other key partners towards common goals and objectives.
  • Familiar with modern product management and engineering methodologies.
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