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Manager Global Food Technology – Oakbrook, IL


About the Positions:

The purpose of this position is to provide technical leadership that enables system scaling of new products and identifies opportunities for improvements to existing products including core menu enhancement.


Principal Accountabilities

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


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

­ Ensures that staff and suppliers understand the business case for product standards.

­ Works with market level leads and suppliers to identify options for meeting standards, through understanding of industry technologies and capabilities.

­ 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.


·Helps guide core menu improvements based on identified opportunities

­ Leverages suppliers and other system resources for improvements to core menu items according to established product standards and characteristics.

­ Acts as Global Menu Strategy liaison for Global Sensory Team to:

o Investigate and prove out robust core menu improvements that are safe, consistent, feasible, fulfill product/brand requirements, and meet all critical taste standards.

o 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.



Minimum Qualifications:


·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 required

·Strong project management skills required

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


  • Strong executive communication skills required



United States








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


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