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McDonald's Network Security, Technical Product Manager (Firewall, IDS and IPS) in London, United Kingdom

Company Description:

McDonald’s 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). McDonald’s 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 revolution is McDonald’s Global Technology organization made up of intrapreneurs who get to build cool tech with scary smart people using the latest innovations like AI, IOT, and edge computing. We do this working alongside diverse, global teams who are always hungry for a challenge. It’s bonus points when you get to see your family and friends use the tech you build at their favorite McDonald’s restaurant. 

As we have matured as an engineering organization and seen the demands for technology grow exponentially, we’re gearing up to deliver on the next set of opportunities for the business. We are building up an engineering team in house accountable for our strategic products. We’ll have diverse squads made up of engineers with traditional and specialized skillsets, both from internal engineers coupled with our partners, to help us flex with demand and solve technology innovation challenges done at an incredible scale. 

Job Description:

McDonald’s, one of the most recognized brands in the world, is seeking a Network Security, Senior Technical Product Manager to support our Network Security team as we protect McDonald’s. This opportunity is part of the Global Technology Infrastructure & Operations team (GTIO), where our mission is to deliver modern and relevant technology that supports the way McDonald’s works. We provide best-in-class foundational technology products and services including Global Networking, Cloud, End User Computing, and IT Service Management. It’s our goal to always provide an engaging, relevant, and simple experience for our customers. You will collaborate closely with Global Technology leadership, market leaders, project managers, Global Technology solutions teams, application owners, key vendors, and others to ensure McDonald’s has world class Network Security products and services.    

Reporting to the GTIO Director, Global Network Security, this role will be responsible for developing new Network Security services and enhancing existing services to meet the increasing needs for protecting our users, devices, networks, applications, and data.  This person will work closely with all areas of the business and technology teams to ensure that our services are meeting the needs of markets, application teams, corporate departments, and other stakeholders. 

We are moving fast and are adding to our best-in-class team, and joining McDonald's means thinking big every day and preparing for a career that will impact the world. We are customer-obsessed, committed to being leaders in our industry, and believe we are better when we work together. Over the last several years, we have launched home delivery, radically improved the digital experience of our restaurants, introduced mobile pay, and have so much more to come. These critical initiatives require strong leadership to ensure compliance with policies, standards, regulatory requirements, and best practices. 

McDonald’s is investing heavily in technology to drive our growth. We’re looking at how to use technology to improve the customer experience and build new customer experiences. We’re also exploring technologies that can help us reduce or eliminate repetitive tasks and make employees’ jobs more exciting and rewarding. With all the new projects and initiatives, it is an exciting time to be on the Network Security team, helping to make a safer and Better McDonald's! 


Global Technology is the team that is responsible for the securing of McDonald’s information assets at a global level. This role will be part of the group within Global Technology that is responsible for our network security critical services, including firewall, IPS/IDS, Content Filtering, SASE, SSE, ZTNA, VPN and DDoS. You will manage the strategic direction, technical evolution, and day to day operation of some of our Network Security products and platforms including but not limited to Firewall, IDS and IPS.  

Working with partners globally to ensure that the services being created, deployed, and operated are designed to meet business needs, are scalable, and are secure. You will  set high-level strategy and direction for the services they are responsible for and set clear expectations, goals, and requirements for vendors that must be obtained as a measure of success.  

You will work closely with market technology teams, Global Technology Risk Management teams, Global Technology Infrastructure and Operations teams, application owners, key vendors, and others to ensure the proper design and functioning of McDonald’s network security services. 

  • Lead the design, engineering, delivery activities for network security platforms primiarly focusing on, but not limited to, Firewall, IDS and IPS platform.  

  • Act as platform owner responsible for enhancement and life cycle management of network security platforms.  

  • Assess the strategic and practical needs of McDonald’s globally to and help ensure that Network Security products and services meets the needs of the business. 

  • Lead and manage external vendors to ensure they are delivering services per our standards, contracts, and meeting business needs.  

  • Support the development of network security platform vision, strategy and roadmap in partnership with global technology and external stakeholders.  

  • Support technical assessments and vendor selection to develop and deploy cutting edge platforms, spanning beyond traditional technology. 

  • Rationalize network security landscape and select new platforms to deliver value to McDonald’s.  

  • Define, document, and communicate network security standards, best practices and blueprints for our products and platforms for market and corporate customers. 

  • Understand global, regional and network network security requirements and support transformation, standardization, and innovation efforts. 

  • Manage, maintain and continuously improve the platform, its capacity and performance.   

  • Lead the development of appropriate platform resilience, business continuity, and disaster recovery plans.  

  • Act as a technical escalation for network security issues, determine their cause, and identify the corrective action needed to eliminate and prevent the events in the future. 

  • Partner to implement automation capabilities that enables aumated provisioning, detection, and enable self-healing capabilities for the network. 

  • Deliver significant value by Integrating logs, alerts, data and insights into the proper security tools and data lakes to ensure total visbility across the estate.  


Essential Skills:  

  • In-depth knowledge and experience in designing, building, supporting, and managing network security products and platforms, including, but not limited, to Firewall, IDS and IPS.  

  • Demonstrable experience designing, building, supporting, and managing core enterprise networks: including, but not limited to Routing, Switching, LAN, WAN, SD-WAN, VPN and MPLS.  

  • Experience in leading and delivering services using 3rd party vendors and service providers. 

  • Experience in technical evaluation and selection of emerging technologies translating them into roadmaps and developing business cases 

  • Subject Matter Expert in Network and/or Cloud Security. 

Highly Desirable education, Skills & Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Computer Science, Network, Cyber security 

  • Experience in leading Network Security transformation program for a complex and multinational company.  

  • Experience in delivering large-scale automation (e.g., Network as Code) for delivering network security services.  

  • Experience in leading the innovation and standardization of network security solutions across the business.  

  • Experienced with Dev/Ops and CI/CD pipeline tools and processes are advantageous. 

  • Experience in leading a 24x7x365 team. 

  • Experience in driving continuous service and process improvements and translating them into viable solutions.. 

  • Professional certifications such as ITIL, CCIE, CCNP, CISM, CISSP, or similar. 

  • Experience working with an Agile environment. Familiar with documentation process and tools, JIRA and Confluence preferred. 

Additional Information:

At McDonalds we are People from all Walks of Life...

People are at the heart of everything we do, and they make the McDonalds 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 gives 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 McDonalds or elsewhere.

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