McDonald's - Corporate

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Principal Cybersecurity Architect

Posted over 1 month ago

Job Description

Company Description:

McDonalds 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). McDonalds 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 McDonalds 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. Its bonus points when you get to see your family and friends use the tech you build at their favorite McD restaurant.

This role will collaborate closely with cybersecurity experts, market leads, project managers, and Global Technology Solutions teams to ensure the reliable and efficient operation of McDonalds security services. In addition, this role will be responsible for managing and collaborating with the support teams that handle tickets and other operational tasks for McDonalds security services. This person will work closely with others in Global Technology Risk Management and other areas of Global Technology to ensure that our services are meeting the needs of markets, application teams, and other stakeholders.

Check out the Global Technology Technical Blog to learn how technology is directly enabling the Accelerating the Arches strategy.

Job Description:

McDonalds is seeking a Principal Cybersecurity Architect to support our cybersecurity team as we protect McDonalds. You will be immersed into some of the most strategic technology initiatives along with other platform architects to secure the next generation of the McDonalds restaurant. Furthermore, this role partners with multi-functional regional teams to understand the business and technology needs of international markets. This practical perspective is critical as you will work to define cross-functional solutions or identify new disruptive technology that may address existing service gaps.


Global Technology Risk Management (GTRM) is the team that is ultimately responsible for the securing of McDonalds information assets at a global level. This role will directly lead the group within GTRM that is responsible for our cybersecurity architecture vision and strategy, ensuring our technology products and services are protected against current industry threats.

Although the Principal Cybersecurity Architect works as an independent contributor, this role represents the entire Global Technology Risk Management organization so close partnerships throughout the organization. This position will work closely with cybersecurity authorities, Global Technology teams, suppliers, and business leaders to ensure we are incorporating critical security controls into the solution design to protect the solution and desired business outcome.


  • Partner with our front-end digital channel development teams (mobile, web, etc.), back-end platform development teams (POS, eCommerce Platform, etc.), and security service delivery teams to integrate security into the Enterprise solution designs.
  • Create and maintain documentation pertaining to integrated security controls, activity flows, data protection, authentication/authorization, etc.
  • Engage markets to understand their operating environments to ensure a symbiotic relationship with security controls.
  • Develop solution blueprints that combine multiple multi-functional services to deliver common market security needs.
  • Assess the current state of the restaurant technology security landscape and create a "North Star" blueprint with the global architecture team to guide future state developments
  • Identify new technology products or services that are required to support the ongoing business drivers.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in Systems, Engineering, Computer Science, or other related fields. Preference will be given to an MBA from an accredited university along with an undergraduate degree in technical area.
  • 6+ years of professional experience in Application Architecture, Solution Architecture, or Enterprise Architecture
  • 3+ years of professional experience in reviewing application architectural design of backend systems / APIs and web/mobile applications developed by multiple parties demonstrating RESTful API concepts, standards, and standard methodologies.
  • 3+ years of enterprise experience with cloud application architecture and deployment standard methodologies in AWS or Azure.

Desired skills:

  • Experienced in key compliance and IT frameworks such as Payment Card Industry (PCI), GDPR, CCPA, Sarbanes-Oxley, SAS-70s, HIPAA, ISO27001.
  • Familiarity with complex multinational companies and distributed business models.
  • Experience and willingness to lead a 24x7x365 team and work non regular hours.
  • Clearly present technical information to both technical and non-technical teams.
  • Ability to interpret and understand business needs and convey such issues to information security teams.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications and presentation skills, with the ability to influence, negotiate and drive solution outcomes.
  • Proficient in technical writing and demonstrating various creative mechanisms to communicate to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to quickly identify project objectives and define optimal project approach to align security controls with overall program success.
Additional Information:

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