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Midwest Region Managed Services – Solution Architect

About the Role:

A key strategy for Avanade is to grow our Managed Services business across all regions globally, both from an Application and Infrastructure Managed Services standpoint.  In support of this strategy, Avanade is seeking candidates with Managed Services solutioning and deal shaping experience for a Solution Architect position. The role will include end-to-end deal support of managed services engagements including data gathering, analyzing, effort and cost estimating, deal shaping, proposal development, as well as assisting with contracting.  This role requires strong customer facing skills to clearly articulate proposed solutions to Avanade’s customers. The architect will take a lead in providing sales support and solution configuration on large, complex Managed Services deals globally.

Role Responsibilities:

  • End-to-end responsibility for shaping complex Managed Services deals
  • Work across business team to interpret customer-defined or implied requirements against Avanade solution templates and delivery capabilities
  • Engage with customer stakeholders and other knowledgeable resources to validate service requirements, explore solution options and identify service integration requirements
  • Lead the definition of a Managed Services solution that meets the agreed requirements
  • Work closely with Avanade delivery teams, including offshore delivery centers and third parties to determine service estimates in accordance with the Avanade Solutioning guidelines
  • Identify all service costs and populate cost models accurately to ensure full visibility of costs related to establishing and delivering the service over the contract term
  • Create and document a Solution Plan and engage internal stakeholders as required to populate the Avanade ‘Deal Review System’ and support an internal sign-off (at regional, area and global levels) of costs and risk
  • Obtain required approval for variances from contracting standards by escalating issues to the proper executive on a timely basis (i.e., before agreed upon with the customer)
  • Identify and mitigate solution risks
  • Support the development of pricing and commercial strategies and commercial dialogue with customers
  • Support sales activity in presenting our solution approach and methods to customer stakeholder groups
  • Plan for and support service implementation, transition, and introduction activities
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Avanade Solution Area and Business Development communities
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with delivery center solution architects and contribute to the Avanade Managed Services Solution Architect community
  • Effectively position Avanade’s Managed Services offerings, both internally and externally with our clients and partners, including evangelizing Avanade’s capabilities and value proposition
  • Share client outcomes and market conditions with other stakeholders so that the global offering leads, and Managed Services community can evolve strategies and develop innovative solutions for the future
  • Working location may vary; travel to customer locations will be required, including occasional travel to our global delivery centers as dictated by the business and requested by the regional teams

Candidate Profile:

Demonstrated track record in Managed Services selling, solutioning and deal shaping acumen.  You bring energy to our clients and the various people you interact with daily.  

In addition, your skills/experience should include:

         8+ years of overall consulting delivery and sales experience 

         Detailed knowledge of Managed Services service and delivery models, including global and distributed delivery models. Proficiency in Application and Cloud/Infrastructure Managed Services

         Solution planning and deal shaping expert.  Able to create compelling value proposition and leverage available assets and capabilities to craft the solution

         Selling to senior customer leadership; leading negotiations or developing business terms and conditions

         Has led service introduction and/or service transition AND has been responsible for ensuring entire deal delivered value as defined

         Has worked in an environment with global delivery and in multiple geographies and industries

         Strong point of view on emerging trends in technology, Managed Services, Application Development – DevOps, Cloud Native Application, Microsoft Development platforms and Open-Source Software, Cloud platforms like Azure, data analytics, containers, RPA and intelligent automation

         Comfortable working with estimating, costing and working with Finance and Sales Leads on pricing models. Demonstrates strong analytical skills, ability to analyze customer provided data

         Demonstrates a structured and considered approach to written and oral communication. Able to communicate potentially complex solutions to less technical people

          Proven ability to work within a team, contributing to the success of the team while making a personal contribution. Provides leadership when appropriate and capable of working effectively within a matrixed organization

         Able to define solution elements even when all the required information is not available

         Realizes and documents reasonable assumptions

         Knowledge of Microsoft Products, Services and platforms

         Extensive interaction with C-level executives

         You likely possess a Bachelor's degree in Business or technology-related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Avanade requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Avanade will consider requests for medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement on an individual basis.

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About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences on the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology, business and industry expertise to help make a genuine human impact on our clients, their customers and their employees. We are the power behind the Accenture Microsoft Business Group, helping companies to engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations and transform products, leveraging the Microsoft platform. Avanade has 50,000 professionals in 26 countries, bringing clients our best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at