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Security Graduate VelocITy Programme

Start date: Between August and September 2022 | exact start date will be shared early in 2022 | Location: Ireland

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Hello, we are Avanade and we’re one of the world’s leading IT consultancies. Owned by Accenture and Microsoft, our 50,000 people globally strive to make a genuine human impact and are transforming businesses for the digital era.

Avanade was born as a joint venture company between Microsoft and Accenture in 2000 - the middle of the boom. 50,00 employees globally, today we are the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences on the Microsoft ecosystem.

Our enthusiasm for each other and our work has and continues to take us far. Avanade has 32,000 Microsoft certifications and we’ve been named Microsoft Alliance SI Partner of the Year 15 times.

Together we’re making a difference

Greater than our credentials is our impact on the world around us. We’re working with an energy company to repopulate coral reefs, and we developed an AI chatbot to provide instant answers to tax questions for a leading engineering company. And, in the early days of COVID-19, a group of employees created an app that helped track ventilators across stretched healthcare systems.

Avanade’s Security team are on the lookout!

Avanade’s Security team are looking for ambitious graduates to join an accelerated training programme and to bring their technical passion and skills into our Graduate VelocITy Security programme in September 2022.

As part of this programme graduates can expect 3 months of intensive training run in partnership with a market leading Security training provider. The skills and development offered by this bespoke training will set you on an accelerated path to launch into a fantastic Security consultancy career with Avanade.

Upon submitting your application and CV, please attach a Word Document explaining what you think you can bring to this programme. Cover letter not required.  (Up to 150 words.)

The Security Graduate VelocITy Training     

Technical Training: Avanade have partnered with an external training provider to provide a bespoke training programme. This is us investing in you to provide 3 months of core training led by professionals. We will of course be on the scene too- you will also get lots of time to check in with your Avanade Career Advisors, buddies and Subject Matter Experts- these people will help give you the Avanade spin on all of your learning so each day helps you develop towards your career goals.

Soft Skills Training Roadmaps will help develop the consultancy skills you need to grow as a professional, consultant or (if you want to be), a leader.

Performance Management: during your first 6 months, your performance will be reviewed through group work and hackathons. You can also expect to complete 3 Microsoft Azure certifications within the first 12 months of your role bringing you up to Architect Level

25 days holiday, rising to 30 days after 3 years service

Career Advisors: Every Avanade employee is assigned a Career Advisor (who you will meet weekly) and a buddy to support throughout your career at Avanade. 

The Avanade Foundation Group: As a member of one of our graduate programmes, you will be part of a wider early talent community in our Avanade Foundation Group (AFG). The AFG directly supports junior people across the company ensuring high quality and sustained training, career mentoring, support, and engagement. The AFG is a springboard for networking as you start out at Avanade, integrating you closely with friends and colleagues across the business.  

Progressing your career: Upon completing the 3-month VelocITy training, you will move into live project environments, enabling you to use your new skills as a fully-fledged consultant! And don’t panic, your Career Advisor will be on hand to help ensure a smooth transition as you take your first steps!

See bottom of page for more information about Avanade’s Security team.

What’s on offer?

We offer competitive salaries complemented by an extensive benefits package which a includes £2,000 sign on bonus and discretionary company bonus.


You work hard, so we work hard. We are dedicated to providing you with what you need to do and be your best. Flexible work arrangements are becoming more common so people can do good work while having a good life.

·       Extended benefits allowance per year- treat yourself!

·       Private healthcare

·       Cycle to Work Scheme

·       Employee Share Purchase Plan (Eligibility begins after 6-month training and probation period)

·       Pension scheme contributions

·       Unlimited volunteering time (And many opportunities to get involved with volunteering opportunities!)

·       80+ hours of technical training and development courses per year

Who are you?

Degree: Any enabling demonstration and development of applicable role skills. Examples including but not limited to: Security | Cyber Security | Computer Science | Information Technology |  Technology Assurance | Engineering (any) | Mathematics | Sciences

This is a technical role so maybe you are looking to learn or improve in Microsoft technologies like Azure / DevOps/ O365 | Python | Java or C++ | UML | Cloud Technologies | AGILE and SCRUM methodologies

·       Evidence of interests and passion in technology

·       Readiness to engage with a 3-month training course.

·       Ability to adapt and apply existing skills to new learning and technologies

·       Readiness to get involved with different work, projects and locations

·      An analytical mind

·      Strong teamworking skills

·       Willingness to develop excellent communications skills (your role may develop into client facing positions!)

The Application Process

·       Role Registration:  October

Upon submitting your application and CV, please attach a Word Document explaining what you think you can bring to this programme. Cover letter not required.  (Up to 150 words.)

·       Phone screening call with Early Talent Recruitment Team: October - March

·       Invite to interview: Rolling

·       Application closes:  Mid-April

·       Assessment Centre:  wc 25th April 2022

·       Group Exercise / Interview / Case Study

·       Follow up and feedback: May

·       Start Date: August – September 2022. NOTE: exact date TBC in 2022

Please be advised that regrettably we cannot offer visa sponsorship for this role. Your eligibility to work and remain in the UK will be checked by a member of the team as part of the selection process.

More details for you:

Security at Avanade.

Cybersecurity has taken on a new level of urgency, with attackers exploiting the new vulnerabilities across platforms and systems. Whether clients are accelerating to the cloud, in the middle of a transformation or need an accurate picture of their cybersecurity landscape. Avanade can help. Our security team provide a holistic approach through advisory, implementation and managed services to help our high profile clients build cutting edge technologies whilst staying stay safe online.

As part of the team, you will be working to:

  • Evaluate and define high profile clients cybersecurity strategies
  • Secure hybrid remote working at scale while supporting new and secure business models
  • Simplify your clients security landscape and maximise cost savings
  • Meet compliance and regulatory requirements
  • Securely innovate to enable digital transformation in the cloud and the workplace tailored to your clients needs!

Our clients benefit from our Microsoft ecosystem and security expertise. Named as the Microsoft Alliance Partner of the Year 15 times — alongside our strategic partner Accenture — we are simply the experts when it comes to integrating Microsoft into the enterprise. Our accolades include:

  • Microsoft Security 20/20 award winner for Security Advisory
  • 18 Microsoft Gold Competencies including Gold for Microsoft’s new security competency
  • Microsoft 2020 Global Alliance SI Partner of the Year – for the 15th time


Why Avanade?

Avanade is made up of nearly 50,000 individuals. People who share a passion for technology, who push beyond their comfort zone and always bring an open mind and who really care about making a genuine human impact at work. We invite these people to bring their authentic, whole selves into a place that welcomes curiosity as a spark to innovation. We put them together to solve some complex challenges and bring to life possibilities for our clients around the world—companies, non-profits, and government agencies that know the future is digital and look to us to help them get there with the power of people and Microsoft technology.

Together, we go beyond.

What we stand for:

Together we believe everyone counts.

We believe in diversity. Diverse teams and an inclusive environment are critical to innovation and future growth. Our mission is to create an environment where employees can do their best work.

We know that a chorus of different voices makes for a richer sound. We want you to be comfortable being who you are at work. That means being in an environment where everyone else is free to be who they are, too.

We are working hard to make the technology industry more diverse. You can help us change that with your presence and your attitude. Our Inclusion & Diversity programme is a driving force in our company culture and helps us live one of our values—We believe everyone counts. Including you.

Together we connect.

Yes, we appreciate a variety of perspectives—it adds richness to our work. And yes, we understand that there are huge upsides to connecting with people who know where you’ve been and what it’s like to be you. That is why we have a bunch of employee networks where people can come together through that avenue of shared interests, background, and experiences. Employee groups do great things to create a more diverse, understanding, celebratory workforce.

Together we become a part of something bigger

Do you want to do good work, but also work that does some good in the world? Us, too. Joining Avanade means sharing our purpose—to make a genuine human impact—and helping us become a more responsible business. With forward-looking leadership and a commitment to sustainability, we can offer you the chance to make a real—and positive—difference for our clients, your Avanade colleagues, and your community.

Life comes first

There’s more to life than work. You’ll get the opportunity not just to make a positive human impact on the world while also experiencing all it has offer. We want you to experience the joy of family dinners, the thrill of outdoor adventures, the connection of volunteering in our communities, and the importance of self-care. You can’t be who you are without a flexible culture that allows you to log on when and where you work best. Because we know your best self does your best work.

Our locations

You will be based in Ireland tagged to our Grand Canal Square Office in Dublin with expectation to be working on client site when required (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) Our headquarters are in Seattle, and our reach is worldwide. You will have friends and colleagues on the VelocITy programme in London and Newcastle too. With 50,000 professionals and over 80 offices in 25 countries, you'll partner every day with colleagues from around the world, leveraging the latest technologies to keep you connected to your team, your client and your work.

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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