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Global R&D Food Technology Manager - Oak Brook, IL



The purpose of this position is to provide technical leadership that enables system development of new products and platforms.  It will also include the commercialization/ scaling and identification for improvements to new and existing products and processes within our Core Team.  


·    Assists Global Director and markets with scaling new products and adhering to product standards


·    Ensures staff and suppliers' understanding of the business case for new products/concepts


·    Works with market level leads, suppliers and culinary teams to identify options for the development of new products and concepts and leveraging industry technologies, capabilities and resources


·    Liaisons with Global Supply Chain and Quality Systems on the commercialization (e.g., supplier approval, product integrity, increased capacity, legality of new ingredients) potential across system


·    Develops knowledge of industry trends and processes to identify options multiple product categories such as baked goods, poultry, meats, dairy, produce, etc.


·    Helps guide menu improvements based on identified opportunities


·    Leverages suppliers and other system resources for improvements to menu items according to consumer established product characteristic and need fulfillment


·    Design laboratory and confirmation (scale-up) experiments that examine the operational and formulation variables that impact key product attributes such as taste, appearance, texture, etc.


·    Assists in fulfilling the Global Menu Strategy group vision by serving as technical expert.


·    Serves as Global Menu strategy team representative to suppliers and cross functional counterparts for product standards and protocols


·    Maintains knowledge of McDonald's operating systems and history, product standards, and suppliers/supplier processes


·    Assesses industry technologies and explores how to apply them to McDonald's menu needs


·    Challenges existing operational platforms as needed to improve processes and meet strategic menu needs


·    Provides ongoing coaching, training and development of suppliers, AOW and market leads in food development


·    Participates with the Global Menu Strategy leadership team to ensure priorities are aligned and resourced against


·    Ensures functional adherence to the G&A and project budgets


·    BS in Food Science or related discipline, graduate degree a plus


·    3-5 years’ experience in food service, consumer packaged goods or retail industry


·    Experience working across multiple product categories (such as beef, poultry, coating systems, liquid products, dairy)


·    Strong understanding of technical skills and terminology


·    Strong project management skills


·    Proven ability to impact and influence cross functional and cross geography teams without formal authority


·    Strong executive communication skills required



United States




Oak Brook




McDonald’s Corporation is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.


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