Job Description

Company Description:

Who are McDonald’s? 
McDonald's serves  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 1,500 restaurants. 
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 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 in line with our Plan for change goals  alongside 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 & Ireland's 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 is to join the Strategic Sourcing Team which is responsible for managing the commercial food and packaging spend approx. £1.6 billion for McDonald’s UK & Ireland . Working within the Supply Chain function the role focuses on shaping strategic sourcing strategies in collaboration with the wider  cross functional teams to optimize the supply chain, ensuring McDonald’s maintains a competitive advantage.
Working closely with quality, sustainability, product development and global sourcing teams, the role involves supporting Senior Consultants and the Sourcing Manager in implementing category strategies for specific product ranges and working with supplier to negotiate commercial terms to deliver the best food at the best prices to our restaurants. 

If you are passionate about McDonald’s, supply chain, or food and are eager to work with a high performing team, you are encouraged to apply.

What will my accountabilities be?

  • Develop and manage supplier relationships and processes that ensure continuous improvement within the parameters of cost, value, and service
  • Build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, managing pricing, developing category plans, and conducting supplier visits. 
  • Category management, working with cross functional teams and suppliers demonstrating strong commercial acumen to create & deliver clear and compelling category plans- balancing cost, quality and risk.
  • Maintain key target KPIs related to margin, stock, availability, digital metrics, and customer satisfaction.
  • Negotiating commercial terms and present finalised recommendations with a well-thought out & clear rationale
  • Prioritise key projects within allocated categories to lead cross-functional projects that optimise supply chain benefits
  • Lead Global &local business reporting requirements 

What Team will I be a part?
You would be working within the Strategic Sourcing team as an integral part of the Supply Chain function. In undertaking this work, it is important that you seek a collaborative approach with partners across the department and wider business. 

Who are my customers?
As a Strategic Sourcing Officer, you will develop and lead relationships with key internal and external partners, these include the Senior Leadership team, Supply Chain department, QA, Logistics, Sustainable and Ethical Sourcing, Food Development, Marketing, Business Strategy and Insight, Operations, Supplier Partners, 3rd party Distributor and Franchisees.


This is a faced paced role that would suit someone with previous category management, buying or supply chain experienced in food and beverages. 

  • Ability to think strategically and innovatively, applying a customer-focused lens at all times
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail
  • Commercial awareness and financial acumen
  • Comfort and experience working in a fast paced and changing working environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, curious mind set, confident, independent and logical problem solver
  • Demonstrate strong commercial acumen to create & deliver a clear and compelling category plans- balancing cost, quality and risk. 
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 give 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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