Chick-fil-A, Inc.

What is LDP?

The Leadership Development Program’s vision is to be the premier global leadership development experience. After an immersive operational bootcamp, Participants in this program serve with the purpose of protecting the Chick-fil-A brand and growing as future business leaders. Throughout what is typically a 30-to-36-month period, program Participants will serve in primarily two key business roles critical to the opening and operations of our restaurants: Grand Opening Supervisor and Interim Manager.

Grand Opening Supervisors consult with independent franchised Chick-fil-A Operators during the Grand Opening process. Interim Managers manage Chick-fil-A, Inc.-Operated Restaurants to prepare for a successful and smooth transition to a newly selected Restaurant Owner. Through leading humbly, communicating clearly, connecting personally, and acting wisely, program Participants can play an important role in the brand's success.

Throughout the duration of the program Participants will be heavily involved in all aspects of restaurant operations and the Grand Opening process, learning firsthand what it takes to be an independent franchised Chick-fil-A Operator. After completing training in the U.S., Participants are deployed in Chick-fil-A restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, where they will help to manage Chick-fil-A, Inc.-Operated Restaurants as an Interim Manager and oversee Grand Openings primarily through the role of Grand Opening Supervisor. The overall objective of the program is to develop future business leaders, and many program graduates have ambitions to become independent franchised Chick-fil-A Operators.

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The Inside Scoop on the Leadership Development Program with Chick-fil-A

We had the chance to speak with both a recruiter for Chick-fil-A's LDP and a current program participant who shared their insights on the program, their experiences and some great tips on how to succeed in the recruitment process - Chick it out!


Why join LDP?

Whether you go on to continue your career with Chick-fil-A or explore other endeavors, you'll have ultimately gained invaluable leadership skills and real-life experience, setting you up for success wherever you choose to go.

Here’s just a few of the many things that the LDP offers:

  • A structured pipeline tailored to developing entrepreneurs and self-starters
  • Hands-on leadership experience with opportunity to develop large teams
  • Highly competitive salary and benefits
  • High-touch exposure to everyday business operations while serving in multiple roles within America’s favourite restaurant chain
  • Gain the skills deemed necessary by program experts to generate business profitability, select top talent in our restaurants, and deliver consistent food safety and quality
  • Learn what it takes to manage priorities and relationships when you’re traveling on the road for 30-to-36-months
  • Opportunities to enhance your overall leadership skills and business acumen

Who's right for LDP?

We're looking for pioneers - individuals who don't back down from challenges and are passionate about serving their teammates and communities. We're looking for leaders who are ready to take the next step in launching their careers and are excited about their development. They have a strong academic background with a proven track record of quality business contributions and some leadership experience. The LDP is ultimately designed to be challenging with purposeful work specifically tailored to cultivating leaders.

Listed below are a few of the competencies we look for that all successful applicants share:

  • The power to lead humbly
  • The ability to communicate clearly
  • The strength to connect personally
  • The discipline to act wisely

If this sounds like you, or you're looking to learn more, follow the link below to view the official job description, which outlines specific roles and responsibilities, as well as additional application specifics.