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Finance Graduate Scheme 2021

McDonald's UK
East Finchley, London (UK)
Closing date
Dec 5, 2021

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Job Role
Finance Graduate
Leisure & Hospitality
Contract Type
Contract, Graduate
Full Time
Level of qualification
Not qualified, Degree, CIMA
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The McDonald's Finance Graduate Scheme is open for applications now! The successful person will start as soon as possible. This is an exciting time to join the McDonald's Finance Graduate Scheme.  The role is a structured, broad three-year rotational scheme specifically crafted for final year undergraduates looking to join a robust Finance team. As part of the scheme you will complete up to 16 exams over a 3-year period, in order to gain accreditation to a chartered accounting body of your choice (ACA/ACCA/CIMA).

What will my accountabilities be...

The scheme will provide continuous rotational opportunities and is an outstanding opportunity for an aspirational graduate to gain experience in some of the following areas:

Global Business Services (GBS) – Accounting & Finance – As  an accounting and finance subject matter specialist,  you will ensure that all accounting transactions are recorded timely, accurately and with compliance to relevant standards and principles. You will provide support and mentorship across the organisation on all financial matters and seek opportunities to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of processes to ensure the robustness of the financial documents and reporting.

Operations Finance – As part of the Operations Finance team you will work closely with our community of franchisees to drive the business' long-term strategy, support growth and ensure the future financial strength of the business.

Strategic Finance - As part of Strategic Finance you will help drive business growth and strengthen the McDonald's brand by developing strategic growth drivers and proactively managing franchisee sentiment. In particular, the Strategic Finance team supports the development of long-term pricing, delivery, pay and supply chain strategies in partnership with various internal and external stakeholders.

Financial Reporting & Controls – As a trusted financial adviser for the entire organisation. Providing in-depth financial analysis of how our business has performed and helping drive future decisions to grow our business. You will also be hands-on in learning and guiding on technical accounting and reporting standards.

Financial Planning & Analysis – As a diligent financial business partner, you will help with the Financial Projection and Planning processes working with the local market and the Global market allowing us to measure and analyse our performance against our targets.

Real Estate Finance – You will business partner primarily with our Property department; working together to ensure our new restaurant pipeline is profitable, and ensuring that we obtain optimal real estate deals, to secure the future of sites where we want to trade.

Upon completion of the scheme, there are significant opportunities within the Finance team to tackle more ambitious and leadership roles. The scheme offers an extraordinary start to a career within Finance, with previous trainees who have finished the scheme going on to hold senior management positions across the business, such as our current Finance Director.

Which team will I be part of...

The new Trainee will initially rotate through roles within the GBS Finance team, based in Sutton Coldfield (near Birmingham), this can be done in the London office or in Sutton Coldfield depending on the individual and circumstances. They will then move to our Head Office in East Finchley, North London where they will complete their training.  

Who will my customers be...

A variety of stakeholders across the business.

What background do I need to have...

We are looking for a results-oriented, self-motivated, and hardworking graduate to join our fast-paced finance team. The successful candidate will have graduated and should expect to get going quickly! The candidate should have at least 3 Bs (or equivalent UCAS Points) at A-Level and a passion for Finance.

As part of our policy, we won’t offer employment sponsorship or accept anyone with student visas.

To apply:

Please submit your CV with a cover letter including a brief paragraph on:

 ‘What do you think the biggest challenges are that McDonald's will face in the next 5 years and what should be done to overcome these?’

Benefits include:

  • Competitive Graduate Salary with London living allowance upon the move to London
  • Fully provided for CIMA/ ACCA/ ACA training and up to 20 days' study leave per year
  • 28 days' Annual Leave per year, plus bank holidays
  • 2 additional days of annual leave, upon completion of three years of service
  • Private Health Insurance
  • ‘Dress for your day’ Casual attire when working in our offices
  • Plus discounts at major UK retailers
  • Free lunch every day

At McDonald’s we are People from all Walks of Life... 

“At McDonald’s, we are people from all walks of life…

People are at the heart of everything we do and they make the McDonald’s 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 give 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 McDonald’s or elsewhere.”


McDonald's is the largest family restaurant in the world, serving approximately 69 million customers across 36,000 restaurants a day; in more than 100 countries. The UK & Ireland market is one of the most successful entities across the wider business, serving on average 4 million people a day. It has operated in UK since 1974 and the business is growing continuously with more than 1,400 restaurants and over 136,000 employees.

McDonald’s UK & Ireland has a consistent record of investing in the development of its employees and offering flexibility as part of its commitment to being a modern and progressive company. Every year it invests over £40 million in developing people, giving every one of its employees the opportunity to take part in structured training.

We're a people business just as much as we are a restaurant business. We strive to be the most inclusive brand on the planet by building diverse teams who create delicious, feel good moments that are easy for everyone to enjoy. Joining McDonald's means thinking big every day and preparing for a career that can have impact around the world.

We are dedicated to using our scale for good: good for people, our industry and the planet. From bold recycling initiatives and sustainable sourcing efforts to our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, we see every day as a chance to have a genuine impact on our customers, our people and our partners. 

Company Vision and Culture…

Our Global Vision is to build a better McDonald’s and in the UK and Ireland, we are working hard to be the UK & Ireland’s best-loved restaurant company.

Our values drive our culture and shape our beliefs, our priorities and our actions. They influence the decisions we make, how we treat one another and how we show up as a brand to the world.

Serve: We put our customers and our people first

Inclusion: We open our doors to everyone

Integrity: We do the right thing

Community: We are good neighbours

Family: We get better together

Find Us
11-59 High Rd, East Finchley
N2 8AW
United Kingdom
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