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Public Affairs Officer

East Finchley
Closing date
3 Oct 2020

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Public Affairs / Policy
Manager / Mid-Management
Food & Drink
Business Type
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The Opportunity
Are you talented and ambitious? We are looking to add to our dynamic team and this is a great opportunity to work on one of the most valuable and iconic brands in the world. This role will support the Head of Public Affairs in understanding and navigating the political and policy landscape on behalf of the business and our franchisees. You will be required to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the McDonald’s business and the impact we make nationally and locally and will, at times, be required to represent the brand and the Corporate Affairs department at internal and external meetings.

What Team will I be a part?
You will be part of the Corporate Affairs function in the UK & Ireland reporting directly to the Head of Public Affairs. The team is made up of: public affairs, corporate communications and consumer PR, internal communications and regional communications. The role of the Corporate Affairs is to:

  • Promote and protect the business
  • Enable the business plan
  • Strengthen trust and build brand engagement
  • Partner across the business to support multiple functions including with our franchisees
  • Develop new foundations to engage our people
  • Lead issues and supervise risks
  • Provide external perspective and identify emerging trends, threats and opportunities

Who are my customers?
You will be working and building relationships with franchisees, internal audiences, agency partners and political and policy partners. At times, you may be required to support other work streams across the wider

What background do I need to have?

  • The ideal candidate will have between two to four years in a public affairs/communications role (or similar) either in-house, an agency or in a legislative body
  • You will be detailed oriented, curious and resilient
  • You will write clearly and concisely in multiple formats for different audiences and be able to distil

key information into informative briefings for senior leaders

  • You will be able to build relationships, work cross-functionally and across multiple levels of the business
  • You will have the ability and experience in analysing and understanding the business impact of regulation or policy decisions



McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognised brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries and billions of customers served each year. As the global leader in the food and service industry, we have a legacy of innovation and hard work that continues to drive us.

Today, we are growing with velocity and are passionate about modernising our experiences, not to make a different McDonald’s, but to build a better McDonald’s. The UK & Ireland market has operated in UK since 1974 and the business is growing continuously with more than 1,400 restaurants and over 136,000 employees.

We are moving fast and are adding to our outstanding team. Joining McDonald’s means thinking big every day and preparing for a career that can impact around the world. We are customer obsessed, committed
to being leaders and believe we are better when we work together.

Over the last couple years, we’ve launched home delivery, modernized our restaurant experience through digital enhancements and have so much more to come.

We are dedicated to using our scale for good: good for people, our industry and the planet. From ambitious recycling initiatives and balanced sourcing efforts to our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, we are constantly improving.

We see every single day as an opportunity to have an impact on our customers, our people and our partners.

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