Advisory -Engagement Manager- Central Region- Chicago

Advisory Engagement Lead (Central Region)


Avanade is seeking an experienced advisory leader to lead strategic interactions with our clients. Experience working in partner roles in technology or management consulting organizations is desired. Our advisory services practice helps our clients understand the barriers that hold them back from achieving their strategic imperatives. Using the broad resources of Avanade, the practice leads clients through a process of to establish executable roadmaps supported by a business case leveraging the shift in technology. As a member of the Advisory services team, you'll work on client engagements at the C level to demonstrate clear understanding of our client's business. The goal is to demonstrate how Avanade can add value, create an understanding of the business value that a shift in technology brings and become a trusted advisor. The Engagement Lead should be able to go beyond traditional thinking and best practices to create a unique insight, specific to our clients set of problems.


As an Engagement Lead for Central region, you will be a key member of the Advisory Services team and be responsible for:

  • Leading the teams in Advisory engagements aimed at the CIO & CMO as the primary stakeholders
  • Working closely with colleagues that lead other disciplines to bring forth a recommended approach to solving business challenges
  • Helping companies address complex issues in support of strategic change and technology strategies
  • Assessing the client's business and emerging technology trends and offerings to design effective processes, organizations, architectures and solutions that drive impactful business outcomes
  • Managing the development of frameworks that support improved client future-state organizational design and alignment
  • Mentoring and career managing more junior staff
  • Developing relationships and maintaining contact with top decision makers at key clients; participate and lead aspects of the proposal development process
  • Lead and support business development activities such as identification, proposal development, and other pursuit activities at clients while working with the appropriate Avanade resources from other service lines
  • Develop and deliver Advisory methodologies for various industries focused on program management and large transformational programs
  • Develop and sustain trust-based relationships with Directors, Vice Presidents, and C-level executives
  • Craft influential C-level communications and deliver with clarity, confidence, and enthusiasm
  • Lead the team in delivery of services/completion of deliverables outlined in signed statement(s) of work while managing and adhering to Avanade engagement management policies
  • Support customers in driving and completing programs and project, including establishing project framework and processes while resolving issues and removing barriers to progress


Desired Skills & Experience

  • 10+ years of management consulting, advisory or professional services with a combination of strategy and technology experience
  • Strong business acumen across a variety of industries and business functions
  • Strong leadership skills, including a history of increasing leadership responsibility and career growth
  • Experience managing client engagements and/or teams within larger programs, including managing day to day interactions with executive clients and project sponsors
  • Demonstrated project management experience, project planning, project execution, issue/risk management and resource management/allocation
  • Proven ability to structure work and frame problems
  • Demonstrated creativity, strategic thinking and analytical problem solving skills
  • Strong business writing skills with that demonstrate command of horizontal and vertical logic writing style
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills with audiences of all levels, including senior client leaders
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple task assignments
  • Mastery of PowerPoint and Excel
  • Demonstrated professional networking and civic and community activities
  • Readiness to travel 60%
  • Bachelor's Degree required, MBA and PHDs desirable
  • Legally authorized to work for any company in the United States without sponsorship

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

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Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud-enabling services, business solutions and design-led experiences, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation and has 30,000 professionals in 24 countries. Visit us at

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