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McDonald's National Real Estate Manager in Kansas City, Kansas

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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 (https://assets.jibecdn.com/prod/mcdonalds/0.0.204/assets/20210203-Benefits_Onepager.pdf) !

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

You will work a defined territory that includes the Upper /Western Midwest and Plains markets to execute the new site development plan focused on freestanding locations. You will partner with the Denver Field Development Team to deliver the annual new-store development plan. You will strive to make continuous improvements to the growing real estate portfolio by securing quality locations that will maximize income and return on investment. Your primary objective will be:

Contributing to the National Development Plan, primarily in producing new, freestanding locations and leading deals through internal approvals, contractual negotiations, ground breaks, openings.

Development Plan Contribution

  • Managing a defined territory that includes maintaining a strong market knowledge and an understanding of coverage gaps, opportunities, trends, projected home/work/shop growth, competition, and other factors that contribute to knowledgeable real estate decisions.

  • Identifying and acquiring real estate for freestanding locations, which requires effective negotiation skills and a strong network of brokers, developers and other industry contacts.

  • Working in tandem with the Real Estate Coordinator through the due diligence process for transactions.

  • Evaluating the deal economics to ensure each site meets expected returns and profitability and preparing the initial site proforma for evaluation by the Finance Department.

  • Ensuring the best location and the best value for all real estate acquisitions.

  • Directing the efforts of brokers, attorneys, consultants, and government agencies throughout the acquisition process.

  • Assembling and presenting site packages to Real Estate Committee for approval.

  • Partnering with Construction Department to secure all required approvals.


  • Partnering with Field Office teams, Legal and Finance Departments through the deal process.

  • Communicating and implementing corporate procedures and policies.

  • Cultivating the Team approach to Development.

  • Developing and utilizing a dynamic network of Brokers and outside consultants.

  • Providing effective consulting and maintaining effective working relationships with other McDonald departments, franchisees, alliance partners and other outside organizations.


  • 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.

  • BA/BS degree in a business or real estate function.

  • Experience developing new, ground up construction, not just brokerage or sales experience.

  • Commercial real estate experience with emphasis on site acquisition in a multi-unit retail market.

  • Contract administration and negotiation experience.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal, persuasion and teamwork skills.

  • Identify and evaluate restaurant site locations for their availability, access, population trends, sales potential and competition.

  • Must have the ability to take a location from market research, planning, acquisition to restaurant opening.

  • Willingness to be flexible, adaptive and able to operate in a dynamic, fast paced environment.

  • Prepare detailed, professional presentation of sites for Real Estate Committee approval.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • CCIM and/or CRRP certifications a plus.

  • MBA in Real Estate.

  • Forward-thinking, with experience analyzing and researching markets for the development of high-volume restaurant locations.

  • Experience with municipal planning and zoning procedures.

  • Proven project management and networking skills; established industry relationships.

  • Strong computer skills.

  • Proficiency in basic software applications with experience creating basic spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, utilizing mapping and proprietary software.

  • Position will be in the Denver market and is considered a remote working position. Position requires travel that may include Northern California, Seattle or Portland.

Additional Information

McDonald’s is committed to providing qualified individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Additionally, if you (or another applicant of whom you are aware) require assistance accessing or reading this job posting or otherwise seek assistance in the application process, please contact recruiting.supportteam@us.mcd.com

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.

Requsition ID: REF2267O

McDonald's Corporation and McDonald's USA, LLC (the "Company") are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee of the Company, including any corporate-owned restaurant, on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other legally-recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done that will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing an undue hardship on the Company. Please contact recruiting.supportteam@us.mcd.com if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process or to request or discuss an accommodation in connection with a job at the Company or at a McDonald’s corporate-owned restaurant to which you are applying.

McDonald's and its franchisees are taking proactive steps in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the safety in our restaurants across all communities. Our values of quality, service, and cleanliness continue to guide us. We're following direction from the CDC, state, and local governments and adhering to our deep cleaning procedures in every restaurant, every day. We also fully support employees who stay home from work if they are feeling sick. Read more about the ways we are prioritizing health at https://news.mcdonalds.com/news-releases/news-release-details/prioritizing-health-safety-and-community-mcdonalds-shares.

McDonald's and its franchisees are always looking for top candidates and encourage you to apply online. If you have any questions, please first call the restaurant as this will help the restaurant comply with any social distancing guidelines or other compliance obligations. For corporate roles, please proceed to the online application, or if you already applied, contact supportteam@us.mcd.comsupportteam@us.mcd.com. There may be a short delay in response time while we continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19. We sincerely thank you for your continued trust in the Golden Arches.