United Kingdom


Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle

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Job Description

Messaging / Exchange SME Architect

Do you:

Enjoy developing long lasting working relationships with clients in some of the biggest household names in the world, across a variety of industries? 

Dream of delivering innovative, tailored modern IT solutions that truly make a difference? 

Wish to work with a team where your individual skills and experience are recognised and valued?  

If any of these statements struck a chord with you, we would love to hear from you!

Note: We are not able to accept applications from those requiring Visa/Work permit sponsorship. Applicants must already be eligible to live and work in UK.

Avanade are looking for experienced and enthusiastic Microsoft Exchange Architect SME to join us at Manager or Group Manager level. You will become part of our diverse and accomplished Infrastructure community, working with the latest Microsoft 365 technologies, helping deliver high quality, bespoke solutions to our clients.

About our team:

The infrastructure team play an instrumental part in doing what Avanade does best: we design and run the foundational core of our innovative digital solutions for our clients, working with them to transform their businesses for the future. 

We are a friendly, enthusiastic, and diverse bunch of people, currently 200 strong and growing. We would love to bring on more people who are just as passionate for technology as we are; people that love to learn new skills and grow their careers, all while enjoying a good work-life balance and a good social life after work. 

Now, let’s focus on you! What will make you successful in this role? 

Coming in as an experienced Exchange Consultant you will have a wealth of experience in:

Migrating, deploying or architecting Exchange on-premises or Exchange Online for major enterprise customers

Installation and configuration of Exchange including mail flow and client access; PowerShell usage, scripting skills is a bonus

Being the expert you are, you have a great understanding of the technologies supporting Exchange and migration projects, i.e., Active Directory, directory synchronisation, networking, security

You enjoy solving complex technical challenges and have a desire to make an impact in the industry, supporting many companies in their collaboration goals.

Comfortable working both individually or in large, potentially global, teams and with offshore resources to design and implement solutions.

As a Manager you bring the following skills:

Superb communication and interpersonal skills – you will work directly with our clients, alongside our robust team of consultants, or within a client team. 

You can communicate and present complex information to both technical and non-technical stakeholders, verbally and in written form.

Lead large & small project teams involved in the delivery of Microsoft Exchange on-premises or Exchange Online.

Manage client relationships to ensure successful delivery, taking responsibility for project reporting and budget tracking

Act as the overall architect and provide deep subject matter expertise in Microsoft Exchange

You have experience engaging with the client to gather and advise on their requirements, writing high level and detailed designs as well as define architectural topologies.

Maintain strong working knowledge of the Office365 service, and all required tools and products.

At Avanade, your development is central to us. We give you the opportunity to work with the latest technology, as well as help to reach your full potential so that you grow and develop. 

Some of the benefits we offer:

Private Medical Cover, Dental Medical Cover, 33 weeks full pay maternity leave, 2 weeks paternity leave, 

Flexible Work Policy, Flexible Bank Holiday policy, 

Employee Share Purchase Plan, Income Protection Policy, Extended benefits, Car Allowance, STI Bonus, generous pension

80 hours per annum studying towards Microsoft Certifications.

Avanade University – real-time access to technical and skilled resources globally.

A dedicated Career Advisor to coach you and support your progression within the company.

Engaged and helpful co-workers genuinely interested in your growth.

Genuine focus on you as an individual – we help you discover your true potential and support you in growing your career and horizons. 

About Avanade

12-time winner of Microsoft Partner of the Year.

We set a Microsoft world record as the #1 most certified partner globally with 17,000 certified employees.

90-plus Microsoft partner awards.

18 Gold Competencies.

Avanade® is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate applicants without regard to race, colour, age, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran, military or marital status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

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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