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Job Description

McDonald's Corporation continues to grow and expand! 

We are one of most recognized brands in the world.  In 2018, we have been rated as a top 10 place to work in Chicago. As a modern, progressive “Tech” company, we are continually changing the Retail Food Service industry.  Working in our Technology sector of the corporation will provide you with challenging work, rewarding career opportunities, and one of the best comprehensive benefits packages in the industry. 

We are currently looking for a NETWORK ARCHITECT, to be based in our new MHQ in downtown Chicago.
The Global Networking team provides managed network services for McDonald’s data centers, cloud computing services and international markets (countries) across the globe through partners in an IT Outsourced and Managed Service Provider environment.  We are looking for an experienced Network Architect who will lead network architecture activities across McDonald’s network landscape.

The selected candidate will partner with application stakeholders, solutions architects, network service managers and market IT leads to define requirements, develop strategy and design network infrastructure and services to meet the needs of the business.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about:

· Working with people across a global organization
· Evolving and modernizing technologies and services to align with business priorities
· Leading innovation linked to business benefits
· Gathering and understanding business/technical IT infrastructure requirements
· Interacting with and influencing our IT partners
· Serving as a technical subject matter expert


• Lead, and/or support, the network architecture activities in our portfolio, including:
      o Cloud and On-premise data centers
      o Office and restaurant WAN, LAN and WLAN
• Support the development of our network strategy and roadmap in partnership with the cloud, data center and network service manager
• Partner with internal application stakeholders, solutions architects, network service managers and market IT leads to define requirements, develop strategy and design network infrastructure and services to meet the needs of the business
• Define, document and communicate network standards and best practices for market and corporate customers
• Provide network expertise and leadership to the business and IT functions
• Create and maintain strong relationships with corporate and market teams to ensure strong and effective engagement in technology discussions
• Gain an understanding of the varied market (country) architecture and support network standardization efforts
• Participate in Architecture Review Boards, representing Global Networking

Minimum Requirements

Please Note:  We will NOT be able to offer immigration sponsorship or relocation assistance for this position!
• B.S/B.A degree Computer or Tech background, or Math/Science or 5+ years of equivalent professional experience
• CCNP/CCDP or equivalent certification is REQUIRED
• 3+ years’ experience in an enterprise network design/architect role gained in large global organizations
• 2+ years of professional experience of network environments with global branch, campus, data center and cloud environments
• 2+ years of professional experience in the majority of the following technical network background areas:  data center networking, AWS, Azure, VPN, MPLS, Cisco Routing & Switching, WAN optimization, Load Balancers, Global Traffic Manager, Cisco on premise and Meraki LAN & WLAN, high availability campus and WAN design architecture
• 2+ years of professional experience with Cisco enterprise products

• Any experience of working and collaborating in a globally dispersed team 
• A motivated, driven individual able to use their initiative to make an immediate impact in a fast paced and dynamic environment.
• Ability to think globally and strategically, to drive change in a complex global organization.
• Ability to understand business challenges, drive process improvements and translate into solutions.
• Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to articulate complex ideas in easy to understand business friendly language.
• A customer-focused approach to liaise with internal customers (both IT and non-IT) through regular business engagements and service escalations.
• A strong team player with a willingness to learn, engage and build relationships with both internal colleagues and external partners.

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Technology we use

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    • CustomAnalytics
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    • Custom Management


In the heart of the West Loop, a vibrant and rapidly growing tech neighborhood. Our new HQ is accessible by all forms of transportation.

An Insider's view of McDonald's Technology

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The entrepreneurial spirit at McDonald’s is noticeable at all levels. People inspire; people are nimble; people are team-driven; people are focused on evolving and improving. When you walk around the space, you can feel the energy that comes from collaboration and problem-solving. I am motivated to push myself every day.


Product Manager, Global Mobile App

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We are providing insights and real time event data for decision making and marketing activation at a scale very few other companies can compare to. We are moving from a 1 to many CRM strategy to a 1 to 1 contextual and personalized experience for our customers and are watching our data drive the direction of feature development within McDonald’s.


Sr. Manager, Digital Analytics

What does career growth look like on your team?

Working at a company of this Global scale has stretched my skills like never before. The sheer number and variety of customers using the product I work on every day is both challenging and exhilarating; developing my skillset in a way that would be hard to match elsewhere


Sr. Product Manager, Kiosk

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

McDonald’s has a few consistent challenges that we’re always solving for - scale and flexibility are critical. Every piece of technology that we build has to be scalable to 30,000+ restaurants! The second challenge is flexibility –we need to provide a consistent and reliable experience, and every restaurant is unique!


Product Capabilities and Innovation

What are McDonald's Technology Perks + Benefits

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.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life 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) 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.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
We offer Dependent Care Spending Accounts where you fund the accounts with pre-tax contributions.
Generous Parental Leave
We offer a variety of parental leave: paid parental leave, maternity leave, adoption leave, and unpaid paternal leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
We offer summer hours (short Fridays) from May through the end of September!
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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