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Senior Counsel, Global Compliance

Posted May 23
Full Time
HybridChicago, Illinois

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. We continue to operate from a position of strength. Our updated growth strategy is focused on staying ahead of what our customers want and realizing further growth potential. Our relentless ambition is why McDonald’s remains one of the world’s leading corporations after almost 70 years. 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.

We are enjoying the flexibility of a hybrid work model, in which employees spend part of their week connecting with co-workers in our state-of-the-art headquarters. Located 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.

Job Description:

McDonald’s Global Compliance is a global team comprised of compliance attorneys and legal professionals that works to cultivate a culture of compliance and integrity through the McDonald’s compliance program. We are seeking an experienced attorney to join our team as Senior Counsel and support the ongoing implementation and administration of McDonald’s global compliance program.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Take on initiatives and achieve goals to continue to build and preserve McDonald's culture of compliance and integrity.
  • Proactively collaborate with employees and business partners to communicate McDonald’s compliance-related requirements and respond to compliance and ethics inquiries.
  • Supervise and conduct investigations into reported allegations of violations of the Standards of Business Conduct.
  • Provide legal counsel and guidance for various compliance-related matters, particularly in the areas of anti-corruption and sanctions compliance, and regulatory trends.
  • Collaborate with legal partners, global functions and the business to develop and evolve policy and guidance within McDonald’s. Draft and review compliance-related materials and communications, including policies, procedures, standards and directives to meet compliance and ethics requirements and enable business objectives.
  • Develop plans and recommendations to ensure implementation of long-term strategies for advancing and strengthening compliance objectives globally, including McDonald’s anti-corruption program.
  • Supervise, lead, and evaluate outside counsel, as needed.
  • Limited travel may be required.


  • Attorney in good standing with a license to practice law in the US
  • 6+ years of relevant experience
  • Practice experience in global compliance, including anti-corruption and sanctions compliance, is preferred
  • Prior in-house experience is preferred

Desired Skills

  • Strong investigative and problem-solving skills 
  • High level of integrity 
  • Strong project management skills 
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Language skills a plus

Additional Information:

McDonald’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our workforce. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone. McDonald’s provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities as part of the application or hiring process or to perform the essential functions of their job. If you need assistance accessing or reading this job posting or otherwise feel you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

McDonald’s provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, disability status, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, protected military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Nothing in this job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.