Country:

Ireland

Cities:

Cork, Dublin

Area of expertise:

Advisory Services

Job Description

Want to create value with digital and turn your ideas into human impact? So do we.


There’s one in every group—the person who dreams big and has the motivation to bring their ideas to life, even as others might roll their eyes and prefer to play it safe. Are you that person? One who isn’t afraid to break the mould and who gets inspired by the power of digital to transform organizations and ways of working? Because we are building teams of people like that to help our clients unlock the power they need now and own what’s next.


At Avanade Advisory, we are breaking apart the traditional process of setting strategies and goals first, then finding technologies to achieve them. In the digital age, there’s no time for that linear process. We partner with clients to accelerate value from digital innovation by being bold, imaginative – and fast. We think big and deliver personally. We relentlessly challenge, inspire, and support our clients and each other.


Want the agility and energy of a start-up, backed by the resources of Accenture, Microsoft and the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT Sloan School of Management? Here you will find a team of people who thrive on turning ideas and innovations into breakthrough results for leading organisations around the world. Ultimately, we’re not just making business better. We’re making life better for our clients and their customers.


If that sounds like you, you sound good to us. Find your next opportunity at Avanade Advisory.


About the role

Avanade is seeking an experienced technologist to join it’s UKI Tech Advisory Team, focused on helping clients to mature their approach to DevOps and Modern Engineering. As organisations look to better harness the abilities of modern technologies such as cloud, containerization, and automation, they are increasingly forced to think differently about subjects such as software engineering delivery lifecycle and discipline, new approaches to infrastructure and application architectures, and approaches to integrations. If these sound like the kinds of things you have enjoyed experiencing and learning, and are ready to evangelize, educate, and mature our customers in these – we are looking for you. You will be a passionate advocate for modern ways of architecting, deploying, and managing infrastructure and applications, and will have a experience in technology driven change initiatives. You will possess the ability to translate your expertise and insights succinctly into actionable advice and guidance for senior stakeholders, driving meaningful change and impact.

You will expand our Advisory capabilities and build our sales pipeline. You will support engagements advising clients at the highest strategic level with big-picture and tactical guidance on how technology enables a wide range of business outcomes. You must possess exception analytical, interpersonal, and creative thinking capabilities. You will need to be entrepreneurial, enterprising and personable, possessing exceptional leadership qualities, that allows you to assume a critical role in the Advisory Practice with an ability to scale over time.


In this role, you will (Key Responsibilities and activities):


In this role you will act as a technically proficient advisor to senior stakeholders, focused on applications and infrastructure modernization, DevOps processes and tools, engineering discipline and principles. You will be able to understand the value that such modernization and agile ways of working will bring to a client’s business, and how this solves challenges for our clients – able to best understand how to problem set and prioritize recommendations in line with client business priorities. You will work with our Applications & Infrastructure teams. Typical engagements may see you working with clients to (a) review facets of technology strategy and execution such as integration strategy, CI/CD tooling orchestration and management, containerization and associated tooling and management, observability and proactive monitoring, automated testing approaches, team topologies and agile/ hybrid/ waterfall ways of working, work backlog management within tools such as AzureDevOps, Jira, and making recommendations to commence, accelerate, or mature their approaches to such (b) develop overarching strategy to adopting modern ways of working, lean / composable architectures in support of adopting federated operating models enabling feature team / Line of Business autonomy in support of business outcomes and critical OKR’s and DevOps metrics such as release cycle time, MTTR, MTTD, defect reduction. You will also be a core member of our practice, a key accelerator to the growth of our advisory business, contributing to practice development, sales pipeline development and sales growth, and contributing to overall practice maturity.


Advisory Client Work:


As a successful Manager/Senior Manager, you will:

  • Work with senior client executives to identify business problems and develop the right approach and solutions, contextualized for business needs and priorities
  • Act as a senior technical advisor, able to connect business priorities with technical approaches in the realm of applications and infrastructure, integration strategies, and custom fit IT operating models and agile ways of working that enable effectiveness of technical modernization at scale
  • Advise clients on routes to make impactful change in their approach to technology in the field of DevOps and Modern Architecture and Engineering – both in technical architectures and approaches to integration, as well as adopting DevOps practices and processes and best practice disciplines to mature client IT organisations
  • Work with and lead virtual teams of technical and advisory practitioners to scope, pitch, sell, and deliver meaningful transformation programmes
  • Plan and lead business diagnosis around IT and Digital Strategy; Guide advisory teams through problem definition, issue identification and work plan development using problem solving principles and previous experience.
  • Write complete project proposals including shaping the proposed solution and collaborating with other Avanade individuals to secure new client work.
  • Be the overall client liaison as part of the project teams (and often leading teams) on large-scale, complex and important projects.
  • Monitor technology trends and raise awareness of capabilities and innovations in selected domains of expertise.
  • Assist clients with the development of IT digital and operating model strategies including initial vision, strategic requirements, and structured linkage to the business strategy
  • Translate ambiguous IT challenges into results by analysing data and engaging with a diverse range of client stakeholders
  • Support our clients through large and complex IT transformation resulting from strategic business changes, mergers and acquisitions and other business disruption; Assist clients with the realization of Business and IT strategies given resource and financial constraints
  • Provide thought leadership and specialized insights to our clients around disruptive technologies (intelligent automation, cloud), digital, mobile, agile delivery, architecture, etc.
  • Manage and facilitate development of client deliverables, executive summary read-outs, and detail fact-based analyses


Practice Development & Growth


As a successful Manager/Senior Manager, you will be expected to contribute to the growth and development of the Tech Advisory Practice. This will include:

  • Help us to evolve our thinking and points of view on the value and applicability of modern architectures, ways of working, and agile operating models leveraging emerging trends in enterprise technologies
  • Collaborate and lead on Go to Market (GTM) offering and service creation, from ideation and concept through to development and sales enablement
  • Proactively manage and seek to grow sales pipeline through collaborating industry aligned sales teams, understanding typical industry challenges and positioning relevant Advisory services and capabilities
  • Mentoring and coaching: mentor and coach colleagues within and outside of the practice to lift and grow the overall maturity of the Advisory business


Your skills


You've got demonstrable skills in growing client intimacy directly and with business development teams to become a trusted advisor to a client at a senior level. You have experience in sales; pre-sales and consulting and have a good understanding of Application and Infrastructure technologies and trends, along with associated operating model concepts and facets.


  • Strong experience of driving Agile and DevOps (CI/CD) principles and tools into enterprise Operating Models
  • Experience of market leading tools within the DevOps and Cloud Automation space, such as Terraform, Azure DevOps, Chef, Ansible, Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes
  • Understanding of the business value which can be derived through leveraging modern ways of working, modern architecture and engineering approaches, agile ways of working (Scrum, Kanban, XP, SAFe)
  • Creating and/or leading high performing engineering teams.
  • Explaining complex technologies and concepts in a non-technical language. 
  • Experience in consulting / advisory with a solid focus on technology and digital strategy, Technology and IT Strategy, Sourcing and Contract Optimization, Strategic Transformation.
  • Experience with strategic consulting frameworks and financial principles and Experience in leading IT strategy engagements and contributing to sales pursuits and proposal writing required.
  • Previous experience working on multiple workstreams /engagements in a highly matrixed external client facing environment, with Talent, Project and Budget Management responsibilities.
  • Experience of advising and delivering Applications & Infrastructure projects e.g. CIO strategy & IT strategy, IT operating model, emerging technology transformation or cloud transformation assessments.
  • Ability to translate business requirements and work with solution architects to translate into plausible technical solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with clients to establish requirements in non-technical language.
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (or equivalent) certified preferred


At Avanade, we are truly excited about the growth and trajectory of our Advisory business. We are seeking the right candidate to join a truly dynamic and rapidly growing team. If that sounds like you, you sound good to us. We’re excited to meet you.

 

What we offer you


    Come for the distinctive experiences you have helping forward-thinking corporations, non-profits, and governments push the boundaries of digital innovation. Stay for the limitless learning opportunities that encourage you to master Microsoft and pursue big ideas. Enjoy ambitious growth for yourself as part of Avanade’s people-first culture with benefits like employee share purchasing, flexible work arrangements, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and competitive pay.
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    About Avanade

    Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital, cloud and advisory services, industry solutions and design-led experiences across the Microsoft ecosystem. Every day, our 59,000 professionals in 26 countries make a genuine human impact for our clients, their employees and their customers. 


    We have been recognized as Microsoft’s Global SI Partner of the Year more than any other company. With the most Microsoft certifications (60,000+) and 18 (out of 18) Gold-level Microsoft competencies, we are uniquely positioned to help businesses grow and solve their toughest challenges.


    We are a people first company, committed to providing an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable being their authentic selves. As a responsible business, we are building a sustainable world and helping young people from underrepresented communities fulfil their potential. 


    Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at www.avanade.com