Group Manager, Technical Advisory - IT Strategy
Area of expertise:
Want to build 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 mold and who gets passionate about 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.
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 believe big and deliver personally. We relentlessly challenge, encourage, and support our client partners 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 organizations around the globe. 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.
Avanade is seeking Manager/Group Manager to expand its Advisory capabilities. You will support engagements mentoring clients at the highest strategic level with big-picture and tactical guidance on how technology enables a variety of business outcomes. You must possess exception analytical, interpersonal and creative thinking capabilities. You will need to be entrepreneurial, enterprising and personable, possessing outstanding leadership skills, that allows you to assume a meaningful role in the Advisory Practice with an ability to scale over time.
Key Role Responsibilities:
Operating with senior client executives (C-levels, VPs, Directors), you will assist our clients in optimally defining their technology strategy, investments and operating models to support their business priorities. As a successful Manager/Group Manager, you will:
Support the delivery of a broad range of IT strategy and multiple technical advisory engagements
Identify and bring to bear approaches, appropriate tools and methodologies
Possess deep understanding of trends and strategies for identifying solutions to meet client business, financial and technical objectives
Conduct detailed analyses to understand and explain client problems and utilize standard consulting leadership skills such as facilitation, interviewing, gap analysis, etc.
Identify, develop and document issues, perform analysis, draw conclusions and formulate strategic recommendations
Build clear and measurable strategic roadmaps and supporting business cases that both delineate a broader end-game, while also prioritizing quick wins with near-term measurable impact
Actively develop and maintain client relationships at senior levels
Enthusiastically contribute towards industry specific offerings/ thought leadership development
Assist senior team members with sales efforts including development of client proposals and pitch mechanics
Required Skills & Experience:
Demonstrated ability as a Client Facing role within a Management Consulting experience from a top management or IT professional services firm
Demonstrated experience interfacing with executive level clients
Previous experience working on multiple workstreams /engagements in a highly matrixed external client facing environment, with Talent & Project & Budget Management responsibilities
Excellent communication, presentation and facilitation skills
Aptitude for critical and analytical thinking as well as the capacity to accept out-of-the box solutions
Autonomous, positive problem solver, highly flexible and willing to work independently as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Experience discussing a wide range of strategic imperatives across functional, operational and technological issues
Bachelor’s degree in related field, MBA preferred
Preferred Experience and Skills:
The following skills and capabilities are central to the role, depending on Service Area expertise:
Cross-sector and functional experience highly desirable (Financial Services/ Healthcare/ Life Sciences/ Manufacturing/ Utilities/ Media/ Communications/Supply Chain/Business Applications)
CIO Strategy and IT Strategy
IT Operating Model & Governance
Significant IT/Technology industry understanding and/or experience
Digital Strategy and Transformation, Customer Experience Strategy and Experience Design
Emerging Technology Strategy and Assessments (RPA, Blockchain, AI/ Bots, AR/VR, etc.)
Technology Cost and Value Optimization
Cloud Transformation Assessments (Microsoft Azure preferred)
Best of Breed Working methodologies (Agile, DevOps)
Data & Business Intelligence Strategy, Insight and Analytics (using Microsoft technologies)
Important Note about this Future Opportunity:
We are actively recruiting and interviewing for this ‘Future Opportunity’ position, however will not be extending offers at the present time.
The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 has created uncertainty for many, and during this period Avanade is focused on the personal safety and well-being of our employees and candidates. The good news is that Avanade is a 38,000-person organization that depends on new ways of working every day and we’ve been relying on our workplace experience to empower our employees – wherever they’re working – for 20 years now. Thanks to our workplace platforms – the likes of Office 365, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and more – we’ve been able to continue delivering work seamlessly and connecting with talent to explore opportunities for tomorrow.
What does that mean for you? It means you can apply and interview virtually, via video, for a future career opportunity without pressure to make a decision. It means that you will have the chance to connect with leaders and hiring managers at your own pace.
We encourage you to speak candidly with your recruiter about your career aspirations and expectations throughout this recruiting process. In return, we are committed to being transparent with you about our intent and goals around this position.
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