This intensive management training programme is the first step to managing one of our UK restaurants. Over the course of six months, you’ll learn our business from the ground up. That means hands-on experience of the kitchen, front counter, dining area and drive-thru – as well as working breakfast, daytime, evening and overnight shifts, so you’ll soon be an expert in every aspect of the restaurant’s routine. From managing a small team, you’ll progress up to being responsible for an entire shift. And, as your experience increases, you’ll take on specific areas of the restaurant such as recruitment, maintenance or accounts. From then on, there’s no limit to how far you can go.

What we look for

Passionate about customer service and fired up by the idea of running a successful business, you’re ambitious and quick to learn. You’re someone who leads by example and enjoys inspiring and motivating others. Ready to roll up your sleeves and get involved, you’re energetic, self-motivated, hard-working and focused on results. And you like to get things right – every time.


This fast-track programme is open to graduates and people with business experience. To take advantage of the best opportunities to learn and develop, you’ll need to be flexible about working shifts and mobile within your region.

What a manager needs at McDonald's


Benefits - starting salary

£24,000 - £27,000 starting salary


As a new Trainee Manager you’ll receive a competitive salary of £24,000 – £27,000, depending on the location of the restaurant you are based in. 

Benefits - holiday pay

Holiday pay


6 weeks’ paid holiday is awarded to all Trainee Managers who join us at McDonald’s.

Benefits - discounts

Discounts at major high-street retailers


You’ll receive discounts at hundreds of national retailers.

Benefits - pension

Stakeholder pension scheme


As a Trainee Manager, you will have the opportunity to join the stakeholder pension scheme.

Benefits - performance review

Performance reviews


We’ll review your performance formally every six months, with regular catch-ups in between. Your pay will be reviewed annually based on these reviews.

Benefits - flexible schedule

Paid sabbatical


To recognise your hard work and commitment, we will award you with up to two months’ paid sabbatical leave following every 10 years of consecutive service.

Benefits - free meal

Free meal during shift


You’ll have the opportunity to receive a free meal during your shift. 

Benefits - learning and development

Learning and development


At McDonald’s, we believe in opportunity for everyone. If you want to learn, develop and further progress your career, we’ll give you the chance – no matter how long you’ve been with us or how many hours you work.

We’re more than just a restaurant. We’re a community which is creating a better future.

Thiago, Assistant Manager

Before McDonald’s, I used to be a youth worker and I love that we do a lot to give back to the community. As part of the Love Where You Live campaign, we’ve worked with a local school, we built outdoor furniture and a sandpit for the kids. We sponsor a local football team to get all the equipment for their new season. All these things leave little marks in the community and it really motivates me. Succeeding at McDonald’s is a huge part of my long term plan, at the moment my main goal is becoming a Business Manager before my degree is finished.

Thiago, Assistant Manager

I really love the variety of people that you meet. You work with people of all ages - mums, dads, everyone, it’s like one big family. I've learned a lot of skills on the job, but I do find that communication is the most essential skill - As an Assistant Manager, it’s so important to understand what’s going on in the restaurant or how people feel. I have made some great, lifelong friends at McDonald’s over the past few years, it helps that we all like to socialise!

Afsana, Assistant Manager

Application process


Step 1

Fill in an online application (this takes about an hour).


Step 2

If you meet the job requirements, we’ll ask you to complete a psychometric test.


Step 3

If you match our criteria, you’ll then be invited to an assessment day in our Head Office, followed by working a shift in one of our restaurants.


Step 4

Finally, you’ll have an interview with the Area Manager or Franchisee. If all goes well, we’ll offer you a job.

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