McD Tech Labs

McD Tech Labs


Tech Lead, Python Systems Engineering

We are currently looking for a talented Tech Lead Manager to lead a team dedicated to our AI Drive Through Agent Application. The core responsibility of this team is to enable modular, stable and scalable development and release of the AI Drive Through Solution. The team will also work on business logic, network clients, telemetry, debugging tools, and scalability of an application that will reach 10s of millions of customers per day.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience leading a small engineering team and a passion for building high-performing teams. In addition, the ideal candidate should be technically strong and able to provide technical expertise and coaching to their team members.


  • Define, develop and maintain core application architecture and frameworks

  • Own core AI applications and related tooling, focusing on the system’s integration, configuration, lifecycle and event management

  • Working across teams to push for and maintain development best practices, e.g. coding patterns, test coverage, documentation and self-documenting code

  • Identify and address design, stability and scalability issues across the stack

  • Align and educate teams on standard methodologies, and where possible automate enforcement and migrate existing code to ensure compliance

  • Recruit, develop and mentor a team of system and application engineers

Required Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Computer Science, similar technical field, or equivalent experience

  • 5+ years of experience in Linux environments with solid understanding of Linux processes

  • 5+ years of experience in Python

  • 3+ years of experience with distributed programming writing network service clients, inter-process communication and message-passing

  • Demonstrated experience leading a small team of agile engineers

  • Quick learner with grit

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in containers and Kubernetes based development

  • Experience in shell scripting and cross-language system development

About McD Tech Labs

What We Are Building From Moonshots to ML for the Masses McD Tech Labs leverages the best of Silicon Valley’s ability to solve the unsolvable with transformational technology and the world’s most recognizable restaurant brand known for delivering innovative solutions to make delicious, feel-good moments happen for 65 million people every day. From prototype to production in staggeringly fast iterations, McD Tech Labs has designed, tested, and deployed next-generation AI-powered technology at the forefront of Silicon Valley innovation. This allows our engineers and tech leads to get their hands dirty building a product in real-time. Here at McD Tech Labs, we offer a rare opportunity to design real-world technology that is already live in the Drive Thru, reinventing the fast food experience today. So, what is this next-generation technology we’re developing? It’s McDonald’s industry-leading AI-enabled voice ordering system for the Drive Thru. Welcome to McDonald’s. What Can I Get You? McD Tech Labs is developing, testing, and deploying an AI-enabled voice system to automate the McDonald’s Drive Thru order taking experience. Combining both hardware and software and deployed at the speaker post, the automated order taker (AOT) takes customer orders in the Chicagoland area to the tune of thousands of orders daily, learning from those orders and human interactions along the way.Our AOT has the potential to revolutionize the way customers order in the McDonald’s Drive Thru and is just one way that McDonald’s pushes the boundary on innovation in the QSR space. Who We Are We love our technology, cutting-edge innovation, and solving tough AI problems. We are open to new ideas. All voices are valued in the pursuit of learning and building the best tech. We welcome everyone's voice. We invest in each other and our collective success. From pursing a degree to code pairing, we believe that we are better together. We trust each other. We hold ourselves and our teammates to a high standard. We move fast. We encourage bold moves, new ideas, and calculated risk taking. Who We Are Looking For We have openings across our Software Engineering, DevOps, QA, Data Science, Infrastructure, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Speech Recognition teams. Our ideal candidate is one who loves an ambitious challenge, is passionate about the scale of our product, and curious about the latest and greatest in the industry. At McD Tech Labs, we all have the chance to be part of a transformative product. Learn more about our open jobs and apply at (you will be redirected to a McDonald’s Corporation page). Please note that McDonald’s Corporation (and McD Tech Labs) is not related to Stack Overflow, does control the platform, and does not influence how Stack matches candidates with any jobs or other job-related information. Our Team We’re a small group of thinkers and doers who love to grow, learn, and make a big impact. Within every project we apply well-known technology and skills in unique ways, and each project provides endless opportunities to grow. Our fast-scaling work and ambitious technology aren’t the only things helping us develop our careers; our continued learning programs, career development framework, and supportive environment help everyone achieve their best.