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Who are McDonald’s?

McDonald's is the largest family restaurant in the world, serving 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 1,400 restaurants and over 136,000 employees.

McDonald’s UK & Ireland has a consistent record of investing in the development of its employees and offering flexibility as part of its commitment 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. 

We're a people business just as much as we are a restaurant business. We strive to be the most inclusive brand on the planet 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. 

We are dedicated to using our scale for good: good for people, our industry and the planet. From bold recycling initiatives and sustainable sourcing efforts to 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.

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.

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

The Opportunity

At present there is a significant amount of administrative workload, particularly within Ops & Real Estate teams. The amount of time this is taking away from the value add work the team can perform is cause of much frustration. The reason for the current status is driven by various circumstances; absence of admin head in franchising, the number of openings/ transactions/ rent expiries and the possibility of having to run BPT’s again this year. Having a dedicated admin resource across Finance & Franchising for the next six months will take a substantial amount of pressure off the team and allow them to focus on the more strategic areas, thereby driving business focus and efficiencies.

We are looking for a highly motivated and agile Finance Administrator to be responsible for providing support to the Operations and Real Estate Finance teams. This will include matters relating to the accuracy and completeness of restaurant openings, transactions between McDonalds and their Franchisees, communication on rent changes and financial planning and reporting tools. Furthermore, to show curiosity and a learning orientation that develops their technical skills and brings process improvement to fruition in an efficient and effective manner. The role will be for six months, with a desire for the candidate to elevate the effectiveness of the teams they support, thereby driving business focus and efficiencies.

What will my accountabilities be?

Operations & Real Estate Finance

  • Effectively carry out all transactional administration duties associated with the sale of restaurants from McDonalds to their Franchisees.
  • Prepares, verifies and accurately completes deal presentation packs for both existing and new restaurants.
  • Build and nurture collaborative relationships with the People, Property and Franchising teams to ensure information required is requested and received on time.
  • Support the completion of key business processes, gathering information and developing improvements and efficiency whilst ensuring deadlines and data integrity are preserved.
  • Utilise advanced Excel functionality, system tools and macros to streamline processes and remove manual touch points.
  • Maintains and updates tracking on various team priorities and evolves where appropriate.
  • Prepares, formats, prints and collates key business documentation. 

Customer focus

  • Proactively deliver a high standard of customer service to all internal and external customers and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to achieving the overall department’s goals, through continuous improvement
  • Provides clear guidance on compliance to procedures and processes.
  • Demonstrates great business partnership and seek to engage key stakeholders in initiatives to validate and gain their support.

Continuous Improvement & Innovation

  • Proactively shares input and feedback to enhance or evolve work processes.
  • Maintains and updates procedures and documentation 
  • Use continuous innovation to determine value-add solutions that improve the customer experience and efficiency of the wider team

Results oriented 

  • Maintain ongoing daily and weekly tasks to a high standard
  • Demonstrate absolute diligence to ensure integrity and accuracy of department output

What Team will I be a part?

We have a very broad remit in Finance and are highly regarded, with the result that we have oversight of everything that happens across the business, you’ll be part of an dynamic and robust team

Who are my customers?

Strategic Finance Manager, Operations Finance Manager, Finance Manager – Financial Reporting and Control and Real Estate Finance Managers
What background do I need to have?

  • Financial experience is not a key requirement for this role but experience of would be helpful
  • 6 month FTC with a view to move most of the work to Franchising, GBS or the OPT

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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