Cloud Security Architect

at McDonald's
Published September 18, 2023
Location Chicago, IL
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


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.

The Cloud Security Architect role is part of the Cloud Infrastructure and Operations team in Global Technology Infrastructure & Operations. The role reports to the Director of Cloud Security and is responsible for providing subject-matter expertise for current and future planning, technical architectures, models, and standards. This role will work closely with Cloud Platform Engineering teams (Business Office, Architecture, DevOps, and Security), Enterprise Architecture and Engineering teams to ensure a cohesive enterprise technology strategy and direction.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced technology leader to help shape the transformation of infrastructure and operations products and services to the entire McDonalds environment.

Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

  • Participate in architecture and design discussions that produce requirements.
  • Interpret requirements and code in a manner that encourages re-use and maintainability.
  • Interpret secure framework requirements and translate into meaningful cloud-based requirements that meet or exceed company policy and standards.
  • Understand underlying technologies to build optimized, efficient code.
  • Collaborate in an agile-based environment and provide good daily feedback on team stand-up call.
  • Work effectively in a complex technical environment and embrace new technologies.
  • Contribute to a well-informed cloud strategy and manage the adaptation process.
  • Define new and/or continuously improve security reference architectures in alignment with company policies and standards.
  • Understand key native cloud computing security measures and ability to apply them in architecture designs.
  • Logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


Basic Qualifications

  • Willingness and ability to live the McDonald’s values every day: Serve, Inclusion, Integrity, Community, and Family.
  • Has excellent communication skills to work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to think strategically and relate architectural decisions/recommendations to business needs.
  • Deep understanding of cloud solution architecture in one or more major cloud service providers (AWS, GCP, Azure).
  • Deep understanding of applying secure architectures
  • In-depth experience with some or all these cloud concepts: Infrastructure as a Service, Serverless Architecture, Container Architecture, Platform as a Service, Storage, Infrastructure as Code, and Identity and Access Management.
  • Expert technical knowledge in two or more and strong technical knowledge in 5 or more of the following domains:
    • Cryotography, encryption, and key management
    • Data protection and security
    • Governance and risk management
    • Identity, access and permissions
    • Infrastructure security
    • Logging and monitoring
    • Security event and incident response
    • Threat and vulnerability management
    • Application and interface security
    • DevOps pipeline governance and security
  • Certified: Azure Solutions Architect, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, GCP Cloud Architect, or willing to obtain in first 12-months.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience suggesting/recommending competitive and innovative technical options, obtaining client buy-in and delivering on commitments.
  • Comfortable presenting complex, technical topics in an actionable manner to senior leadership.
  • 3+ years as an engineer or architect working with public cloud providers such as AWS, Azure and GCP.
  • Experience with Agile methods, automation, and tools. Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment tools and processes.
  • Excellent client-facing written and oral communications
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, organizational and time management skills.
  • Professional-level cloud certifications (AWS, GCP, Azure)


  • 3+ years as an engineer or architect working with public cloud providers such as AWS, Azure and GCP.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 6+ years relevant job experience or a Master’s degree.

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