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Area of expertise:

Advisory Services

Job Description

About Avanade’s Advisory Practice

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 ambitious, 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 client partners and their customers.

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


Avanade is seeking a Manager or a Group Manager to expand its Cyber Security Advisory/Strategy capabilities. You will manage engagements advising clients at the highest strategic level with big-picture and tactical mentorship on how technology enables a wide 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.

The Security Advisory team provides strategic security advice and uses technology advancements (e.g., analytics, intelligent automation, etc.) to drive data and systems protection and security. We deliver our wide variety of Security Advisory services through a coordinated, collaborative approach between our clients and practitioners. You’ll be responsible for collaborating with the management team, within a highly matrixed organization, with a meaningful role in achieving both corporate and practice objectives, including sales and revenue goals. You will regularly provide strategic advice to senior clients while providing technical, operational and people leadership of work efforts.

This role requires a deep knowledge and experience in delivering and leading Information Security programs, including IT Security Strategy; IT Security Operations; Security Training and Awareness; IT General Controls Compliance and Audit Management; IT Forensics; Identity and Access Management; Cybersecurity; Data Privacy and IT Risk.

Day-to-day, you will:

? Engage with leadership and clients in strategic discussions to provide outstanding Cyber/ Security IT Strategy and industry guidance to maximize client’s long-term business objectives

  • Develop strong and lasting relationships with client executives, effectively sell follow on Security Advisory engagements
  • Shape security architectures for existing and proposed technologies
  • Partner with internal partners and clients on security risk programs
  • Assess information security risks on new and existing IT projects
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with top decision makers at key clients; organize and lead pursuit teams; participate and lead aspects of the proposal development process; contribute to the development of proposal pricing strategies
  • Convert strategic direction into operational goals
  • Support client engagements to identify creative Security solutions. Responsibilities include, among others, leading teams to create Security strategy, assessment, vision & roadmap, and business case work as well as deliver workshops and presentations
  • Identify key client Security issues and resolving client needs and supplementing the standard assessment techniques and tools with innovative approaches while leading technical teams in developing and supporting Clients’ IT Security Solutions
  • Manager current-state Security assessments through partner interviews and design workshops and support clients in Security transformations

? Promote a “high performance culture” of empowerment, accountability, and profitable growth

? Contribute towards industry specific offerings as well as development of thought leadership

? Collaborate with leadership/management in go to market strategies around Information Security, Data Privacy, IT Compliance, IT Risk and Data Governance

? Participate in internal and client-facing account management Security Strategy and Planning sessions and formal proposal presentation

? Participate in the sales process while collaborating with team members with sales efforts including development of client proposals and pitch mechanics

Required Skills & Experience:


  • Experience in a Security Consulting leadership role, leading both talent and project budgets
  • Bachelor’s degree in IT, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or a technical related field. Masters/MBA preferred

? You are CISM certified and have several years of systems and infrastructure engineering experience with a focus on IT Security, Certified candidates in related Security Certifications: CISSP, GSEC, CISM OR CISA preferred

? 8+ years’ experience in IT security related Management Consulting positions (IT security manager, security auditor, security analysts) from a top management or IT professional services firm, with experience managing projects, budgets and teams, as well as handling RFP with Sales Revenue and Sold Revenue management responsibilities

Non-technical requirements:

? Demonstrated experience interfacing with executive level clients, assessing partner’s goals and objectives and the ability to translate ideas into strategic and practical solution recommendations

? Previous management consulting experience working on multiple workstreams/engagements in a highly matrixed external client facing environment, within a Security / Advisory practice

? Superb 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

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.

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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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