United Kingdom



Area of expertise:

Delivery Management

Job Description

Do you wake up every day thinking about how technology and industry trends will impact business models, services, and products? So do we.

You’re an inspirational, pragmatic business-minded innovator – people and organizations look to you to help them prepare for business, industry and technological disruptions. We’ll recognize your talent and give you the tools, partner ecosystem, and program responsibility that inspires and empowers our clients and our people to confidently jump to the next cycle of change and do the next thing now.

About you

You’re a leader that loves thinking about the intersection of new technology with business and industry and understand that innovation is a constant for sustainable success and relevance. You get that the new quickly becomes commonplace, so there’s always room, and demand, for the next big thing. You have an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy partnering with a variety of stakeholders to drive Avanade’s Innovation Architecture program forward in a way that solidifies Avanade’s position as the leading digital innovator.

About the job

As Group Manager – Innovation Program Manager, you work with Avanade’s Global Chief Technology Innovation Officer to drive Avanade’s Global Innovation Architecture program and components forward in a way that solidifies Avanade’s position as the leading digital innovator. You will engage heavily with an extended ecosystem to drive innovation across our business including GMU leadership, Centers of Excellence, Advisory and Global Innovation Team members, the Emerging Technology team, sales and account teams, partners, and even clients. You’ll also build deep relationship with partners at Microsoft, Accenture and beyond as aligning our Innovation Architectures is a key initiative across the alliance. Day-to-day, you will:

Role scope is:

·       Manage the adoption and evolution of Avanade’s Innovation Architecture program and components

·       Product owner for Avanade’s digital innovation day (iDay) platform

·       Manage the Regional and MU Innovation Lead governance model and global community

·       Manage Avanade’s innovation quarterly reporting

·       Work across Market Units to drive consistent adoption of Avanade’s Innovation Architecture within the business

·       Work with alliance team members to connect and integrate both Accenture’s and Microsoft’s innovation architectures as appropriate

·       Drive the innovation agenda through key company initiatives such as !nnovate 2019

·       Be a change agent inspiring employees and clients to jump to the next cycle of change

·       Represent Avanade’s CTIO in leadership team meetings when required

Your skills

You think a few steps ahead of others and communicate well enough to bring everyone along the same journey. You enjoy influencing and negotiating in ways that help you formulate and grow fresh thinking, as well as advising internal teams in the development, production, and promotion of innovation services. You likely possess a bachelor’s degree in business or a technology-related field, with an advanced degree or MBA preferred, particularly technical (IT, engineering, or related). Your skills likely include:

  • Experience with sales principles and practices, including business development, marketing, and complex channel management
  • Ability to effectively team with peers in a large, matrixed organization, including significant experience with international teams
  • Strong consulting and program management-based background, including assessing and managing the opportunity and risk associated with large scale, complex initiatives
  • Polished persuasive writing and public speaking skills to help you advance an idea or key messages

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About Avanade

Avanade leads in providing innovative digital services, business solutions and design-led experiences for its clients, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals combine technology, business and industry expertise to build and deploy solutions to realize results for clients and their customers. Avanade has 29,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. We welcome all, and seek talented individuals who can bring their whole self to work, build inclusive teams and encourage diversity inside and outside the organization. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at