This accelerated training programme is the first step on the journey to leading and inspiring teams, within one of our UK restaurants.

Over the course of nine months, you’ll learn how our values shape our business from the ground up.

The hands-on experience you will gain from working in our kitchens, service areas, customer areas and our drive-thru will give you the confidence to make your impact across each of our day parts.

We want our customers and our people to feel valued and appreciated at all times, and you will help us achieve that as you gain momentum, and take responsibility, of shifts and our key systems and processes.

With the skills you will develop, in the first nine months and beyond, there is no limit to your career with McDonalds…

What we look for

Your passion for doing the right thing for our people and our customers will have you fired up by the idea of running your own successful business!

You are someone who inspires and motivates others with your ambition and hands on approach to learning.

Someone who will use their energy and determination to succeed together as a team!


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

We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture that means people can be their best authentic self in our restaurants, which helps us to better serve our customers.


This fast-paced programme is open to people with experience of leading teams, both in and out of the sector, and graduates.

To best capture the essence of what makes McDonald’s, it is essential that you are able to adopt different shift patterns and be mobile within your region.

What a manager needs at McDonald's


Benefits - starting salary

£26,000 - £29,000 starting salary


As a new Trainee Manager you’ll receive a competitive salary of £26,000-£29,000, dependant 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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