Manager of Global Public Policy & Strategic Engagement

08 Jan, 2022


Manager of Global Public Policy & Strategic Engagement

Chicago, IL

Company Description

McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognized brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries that serve 70 million customers daily. As the global leader in the food service industry, our legacy of innovation and hard work continues to drive us.
From drive thru updates to delivery to mobile order and pay, we are innovating quickly and growing. Joining McDonald’s means thinking big and preparing for a career that can have influence around the world.

At McDonald’s, we see every day as a chance to create positive impact. We lead through our values centered on inclusivity, service, integrity, community and family. From support of Ronald McDonald House Charities to our Youth Opportunity project and sustainability initiatives, our values keep us dedicated to using our scale for good: good for our customers, people, industry and planet. We also offer a broad range of outstanding benefits including a sabbatical program, tuition assistance and flexible work arrangements – check them out here!

While most of us are working remote during COVID-19, we’re excited to get back to our state-of-the-art headquarters in the booming West Loop of downtown Chicago! It’s set up to be a global hub that cultivates collaboration:

  • Take a class at Hamburger University
  • Sample future items in our Test Kitchen
  • Utilize the latest technology to connect with your team around the globe

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our crew members, staff, operators, and suppliers. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone. We are interested in people who enhance our company culture: Does this role interest you? We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every single requirement!

Job Description

The Manager of Global Public Policy & Strategic Engagement is responsible for supporting the engagement of external stakeholders by managing incoming requests, staying apprised of issues involving external partners, implementing engagement projects, and forming relationships with external stakeholders in the Climate, Animal Health & Welfare and Food & Nutrition policy areas.

Job Responsibilities

  • Act as a public policy SME by gathering and monitoring external public trend information; analyze and predict public policy externally, providing insights and reports back to business subject matter experts; draft and maintain policy products
  • Coordinate with internal subject matter experts to support development of policy; serve as a process coordinator to facilitate decision-making conversations on both internal policy development and public positioning on policy
  • Advise members of government relations teams how external public policy may impact McDonald’s in a given subject area; also advise GR teams on public policy that may be needed or beneficial to the company
  • Brief business partners on public policy trends and implications with regards to Sustainability, Climate, Animal Health & Welfare and Food & Nutrition
  • Form relationships with external non-governmental stakeholders as directed to maintain and improve McDonald’s brand image
  • Manage and respond to incoming requests from non-governmental partners efficiently and effectively
  • Liaison between subject matter authorities across the business and external partners on a wide variety of people-related topics
  • Support implementation of projects as directed, including writing communications, coordinating logistics of an event, creating materials, interfacing with stakeholder organizations to develop programs


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Professional communicator, experience with stakeholder engagement activities
  • Relationship building skills internally and externally, strong ambassador outside of the company
  • Prior experience working for a corporation, NGO or government agency on the issues of Sustainability, Climate, Animal Health, and Food & Nutrition


  • Demonstrated leadership role, within industry working groups, establishing a strong stakeholder network
  • A global mind-set and positive, collaborative
  • Must be fully vaccinated (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) for COVID-19 and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by start date.

Additional Information

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Job posted: 2022-01-08