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McDonald's Global Technology
McDonald's feeds and fosters communities in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Chicago, IL

Platform Architect at McDonald's Global Technology (Chicago, IL)

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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 3Ds (Delivery, Digital and Drive Thru). 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:
The McDonald's Global Architecture team is responsible for the architecture, design, integration, and management strategy of McDonald's digital and restaurant landscape. These systems power one of the most significant brands in the world, enabling and scaling to over 38,000 McDonald's restaurants operating in over 120 diversified countries. Furthermore, these software platforms provide the foundation to achieve operational excellence and to reliably serve some of the world's favorite food to a base of over 70 million customers every day leveraging a variety of channels to place your order.
We need a collaborative and self-directed individual who, in partnership with other Architects, will engage customers and stakeholders to clarify expectations, apply relevant standards and best-practices, and drive the delivery of infrastructure solutions and services. This will be a collaborative role, necessitating strong interpersonal and influencing skills in addition to broad IT domain knowledge, particularly in retail / restaurant, cloud native design (hyper convergence), and Architecture Governance practices. The role will have influence and oversight over restaurant platform / backend systems and provisioned capabilities to ensure consistency of product and integration best practices.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
  • Partner with our restaurant product and engineering teams to review architecture, solution designs and drive alignment on a Platform and Application North Star
  • Create and maintain blueprints of all McDonald's Restaurant Platform systems as well as PaaS/SaaS solutions provided by vendors.
  • Assess the current state of restaurant technology and create a "North Star" blueprint with the architecture team to guide future state developments.
  • Translate the technical roadmap to senior business leadership to help them better understand how technology will impact their business objectives.
  • Set architecture standards across and establish a blueprint for what restaurant backend capabilities will be needed
  • Oversee technology consulting vendors and ensure they are following all architectural standards and meeting all KPI's set forth by the Architecture team.
  • Develop critical architecture standards and ensure there is an effective balance of centralized and decentralized standards.
  • Conduct compliance reviews and provide course correction when necessary.
  • Design and develop innovation POCs and fast fail concepts for vendors to develop
  • Triages technology proposals against existing infrastructure standards and best practices, and leads subsequent solution and variance activities
  • Analyzes new solution requests, solicits and clarifies nonfunctional requirements, and formulates conceptual and physical architectures, to rapidly deliver solutions in a fast paced, multi-vendor, cloud-first environment
  • Helping teams to develop the product on time, on budget and ensuring that it solves the problem it was designed to solve
  • Analyzing the technology environment
  • Analyzing enterprise specifics
  • Analyzing and documenting requirements
  • Participation and guidance in architectural discussions

Key Relationships:
  • Product Manager(s), Development Managers, Service Delivery Manager(s)
  • Maintain strong global working relationships within the McDonald's organization
  • Maintain good working relationships with all suppliers
  • Maintain good working relationships with all customers
Qualifications:
Experience & Knowledge:
  • 8+ years' experience in a comparable role or in multiple IT areas in an enterprise environment
  • Proven ability to lead IT infrastructure / platform and (cloud) technology development projects and ensure objectives, goals and commitments are met
  • Strong analytical, planning and organizational skills with the ability to manage competing demands. The solution architect must recognize the corporate strategy and all business processes but also understand technical specifications
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications skills and experience interacting with business and IT stakeholders at all levels including the executive level. An experienced solution architect should be able to listen, advise, empathize and explain.
  • Ability to focus on details while maintaining the "big picture" view
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced environment with continual demands and changing priorities
  • Strong, confident, self-motivated and willing to take ownership and accountability to establish and maintain high level of customer trust and confidence
  • Demonstrated experience of delivering solutions in conjunction with 3rd party suppliers and offshore resources
  • Knowledge on integration with CI/CD pipelines and test automation
  • Deep experience with persistence architecture, scalability, performance and tuning techniques
  • Strong experience with containers (Docker, Kubernetes), configuration management systems, CI build tools, logging and monitoring tools

Behavioral Skills:
  • Analytical Thinking and Attention to Detail
  • Cross-Functional and Inter-Disciplinary Awareness
  • Customer Focus
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills
  • Follow-up and Monitoring
  • Information Acquisition
  • Interacting with People
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Planning and Organization

Technical Knowledge & Skills:
  • Familiar with Corporate, Industry and Professional Standards
  • IT Infrastructure / Platform and Cloud development
    • Server, Edge, IOT Compute
    • Virtualization, Containerization
    • Container Management Systems
    • Event-, Messaging Systems
    • Observability Systems (Performance-, Telemetry)
    • HA Platform Designs
    • Cloud-, Hybrid-, Hyper convergence Environments
  • Development / Engineering and Software Architecture design
  • DevOps
  • Security
Additional Information:
McDonald's is committed to providing qualified individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Additionally, if you (or another applicant of whom you are aware) require assistance accessing or reading this job posting or otherwise seek assistance in the application process, please contact recruiting.supp[email protected]
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.
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What are McDonald's Global Technology Perks + Benefits

McDonald's Global Technology Benefits Overview

McDonald's benefits and compensation program is designed to attract, retain, and engage talented people who will deliver strong performance, and help McDonald's achieve our business goals and objectives.

Our team members enjoy:
- Vacation days, personal time and holidays
- Medical, dental and vision coverage, plus other insurance options
- Annual and long-term incentive programs
- Summer hours
- Sabbatical program
- 401K program with company match

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We believe in a seismic and bold value proposition where every individual feels their culture, identity, and experiences are valued and respected in our 10 Employee Business Networks.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
McDonald's provides both short and long term disability benefits at no cost to you.
Dental Benefits
McDonald’s Dental Plans allows you to see the dentist of your choice and provides coverage for preventive, basic, major and orthodontic care at 100%.
Vision Benefits
McDonald's Vision Plan provides eye exam coverage and benefits that reduce your costs for prescription eyewear, contact lenses and laser vision correction.
Health Insurance Benefits
McDonald’s offers medical plan options to help pay for the cost of health care when you need it. During enrollment, you can sign up for the insurance and pick which plan is best for you.
Life Insurance
McDonald’s automatically gives you basic life, dependent life, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) and Business Travel Accident Insurance (BTA) at no cost to you.
Pet Insurance
Onsite Gym
We have an 8000 square foot gym on our 9th floor with best-in-class equipment, classes, personal training, and magnificent views of the city!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Once you’re eligible for the company match, McDonald’s will match your contributions with $1 for each $1 you contribute up to a maximum of 6% of your annual pay, up to IRS limits.
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
McDonald’s Matching Gifts Program encourages employee support of not-for-profit organizations. Under this program, McDonald’s gives $1 for every $1 you contribute, up to $5,000 a year.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
McDonald’s has agreements for employee child care discounts to help you with the cost of child care while you work.
Generous Parental Leave
McDonald’s provides four types of Parental Leave, and you may be eligible for one or more of the types of leave listed: Paid Parental Leave, Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave, Unpaid Parental Leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
McDonald's provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Core hours, Compressed week, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and certain state laws allow you to take unpaid leave to care for yourself and your qualified family members, as long as you are eligible.
Adoption Assistance
McDonald’s Adoption Assistance Program helps with the costs of adopting a child. The child must be under age 18 and not related to you by blood or marriage.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
McDonald's employees receive between 15 and 25 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Sabbatical
Eligible employees get 40 days of paid sabbatical after their first 10 years of working at McDonald's
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
McDonald's employees receive 100 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted on Thursdays in the summer, and twice a month on Thursdays during the remainder of the year.
Parking
McDonald's offers employees paid on-site garage parking.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Paid industry certifications

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