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:

Position Purpose

Provide architectural services regarding building design and construction documents, including building systems integration. Coordinate the efforts of other RDG fields. Support the individual development of other studio and department members regarding architecture. Key customers include owner/operators, regional, divisional, and corporate staff.

Principal Accountabilities

In addition to following McDonald’s policies and procedures, principal accountabilities include, but are not limited to:

Business Results

  • Supports the implementation of the department vision within the studio.
  • Identifies project scope and work scheduling needs to ensure that multiple projects are completed on schedule.
  • Assists in determining and coordinating the technical solutions for specific aspects of the project.
  • Accountable for determining the appropriate building components and their design application, including code compliance.
  • Reviews that construction documents incorporate applicable regional preferences, standards, design criteria and codes.
  • Evaluates how project related decisions impact development costs and owner/operator profitability.
  • Serves as professional liaison with non-traditional venue leaders (malls, colleges, transportation, recreation, etc.).


  • Coordinates the efforts of outside architectural consultants and suppliers for projects developed through corporate.
  • Contributes and/or presents to corporate/divisional/regional meetings and outside organizations.
  • Provides professional consultation to address problems/issues/questions received from: outside consultants, code officials, regional/divisional staffs or owner/operators.
  • Develops, maintains and implements regional preferences, field standards, and design criteria.


  • Assists in the professional growth, training, and development of outsourced A & E firms.
  • Actively participates in the transfer of knowledge and calibration across department teams.
  • Provides direction and coaching on the use of design guidelines and software.


  • Must be fully vaccinated (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) for COVID-19 and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by start date.
  • 3+ years related experience
  • Architecture Degree is required 
  • Eager to learn
  • Commercial, Retail, Restaurant industry experience preferred
Additional Information:

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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.

Application Instructions

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