Country:

United States

Cities:

New York City

Area of expertise:

Advisory Services

Job Description

At Avanade, business and technology consulting isn't just your career…it's your passion.  And that means more than just working with new innovations.  It means using technology to solve business problems in ways that make a real difference to you and to your customer.
 
At Avanade, our vision is to be the leading digital innovator, realizing results for our clients and their customers through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. 
 
What's important to us? Our values clearly articulate that we are agents of change, and we seek to make a genuine impact for our clients and their customers. We value diverse thought, perspectives and backgrounds. And we strive to always deliver with excellence. 

Avanade was founded in 2000 as a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft Corporation, is currently majority owned by Accenture, and serves customers in more than 20 countries with over 36,000 professionals worldwide.  
 
Additional information can be found at http://www.avanade.com

Position Purpose:  
The Director, Growth & Strategy will focus on strategy development for global business growth across both Avanade as well as the Accenture Microsoft Business Group. Work will include analyzing and planning strategic acquisitions, geographic expansion, and supporting other key strategic development efforts.  This individual must have the ability to lead processes and workstream initiatives, operate at a very high level with autonomy and executive level presence, manage complex stakeholder relationships, and be comfortable communicating with executives and senior management.  The successful candidate will also be comfortable working with ambiguity, have a high degree of resilience, and possess the ability to manage risks and challenges, launch plans, workstreams, and completion of growth initiatives across different regions.  A global growth mindset is a must! 
 
Key Responsibilities
Strategy Development (70%)
• Drive strategy development for specific projects
• Conduct strategic analysis including analysis of primary and secondary research, interaction with senior SMEs, interviews with outside experts, market and financial ROI analysis, and analysis of risks and challenges
• Make recommendations regarding strategic development based on analysis
• Coordinate planning and strategic involvement in Due Diligence and PMI for acquisitions
• Develop executive level presentations discussing findings of strategy work and laying out options and recommendations; follow latest techniques for crafting storylines and presenting strategic information and recommendations including storyboards, graphical PowerPoint presentations, etc. 
• Provide clear direction by setting targets, prioritizing tasks, assigning responsibility and monitoring work flow • Manage and coordinate direct and virtual teams 
 
Process Development and Coordination (20%)
• Develop processes and coordinate activities for company metrics and scorecard effort to measure and gauge progress vs. plan
• Develop, manage and own process for strategic planning effort across Areas, Regions, and Market Units, subject matter experts and external parties from planning through implementation phase
• Develop, manage and own process for business planning effort for Areas, Regions, and Market Units from planning through budgeting and post-budget adjustment phase
• Develop and coordinate process for ongoing geographic and metropolitan expansion efforts on a global basis
• Work with team members to appropriately allocate responsibilities and ownership of deliverables and provide ongoing feedback, coaching and mentoring as appropriate to more junior level team members
• As assigned, lead and manage team members

Strategic Initiative Implementation (10%)
• Develop detailed and comprehensive implementation plans for major strategic initiatives
• Define Key Success Factors and critical milestones
• Conduct stakeholder analysis
• Conduct and coordinate internal and external research
• Analyze trends, research, and data and develop insights 
• Develop visual representations of implementation plans
• Execute and coordinate key implementation steps
• Mobilize and ensure a seamless transition between strategy development and execution in the business – including creating and overseeing the change needed to implement the strategy 
 
 
Years of Experience
• 10 -15+ years plus of experience in business strategy development and execution planning preferably across geographies – and around the world
• Top 10 consulting firm experience a plus
• Work experience with acquisition identification and pursuit is also preferred Management Experience
• 10+ years working at a leadership/management level responsible for KPI achievement Education

Education
• MBA/Masters in Management preferred

Other Skills / Knowledge
• Strong understanding of business fundamentals and concepts, preferably within the IT Services business
• The ability and willingness to make business judgments and recommendations based on limited information
• Strong communication and influencing skills with the ability to operate within and interact with all levels of the organization from junior staff to senior executives
• Overall business sense and analysis skills gained from education or experience within large enterprise organizations
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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 www.avanade.com.