Dir, Analytics Architect, Minneapolis/Chicago

As a Director Analytics, you will be responsible for leading the Analytics practice for Midwest Region. You will actively participate in presales activities including public presentations, workshops and estimations. You will have a practice leadership role in transitioning sales from qualifying to closing by working closely with the sales team and other technical consultants. You will be the expert in advising our clients on the various practical options Analytics strategy, roadmap and implementation aligning with the Avanade platform engineering, offerings, and integration goals You will work closely with program managers and bid teams to maximize the business development capacity and leverage Avanade capabilities. In addition, you will be expected to provide hands-on leadership in all aspects of achieving the growth of the team including technical leadership to hands-on architecture, solution design, and development.

Day-to-day, you will:

Work with offering leads and sales team to position and pitch analytics solutions that target realization of business value for our Clients

Train, coach and mentor team on Analytics to drive outcomes for our clients' business

Partner with regional Microsoft and Accenture team to jointly plan and target mutual clients with well-defined AI offerings.

Assist with qualifying opportunities, undertake exploratory meetings with the sales director and the client to drive to a solution, proposal, and to close the deal

Consult clients through requirement gathering and collaboratively defining a solution

Deliver strategic analytics solutions from design, prototype to deployment and operation

Create practical new business applications based on innovative technologies

Participate in all aspects of sales activities, including demonstrations, data strategy and KPI definitions workshops, and proof of concepts

Oversee the ongoing development and operations of a data and analytics strategy, high-level architecture that enables fact-based decision making, ad hoc analysis and insight generation

Collaborate with end users to identify needs and opportunities for improved data integration, data aggregation and reporting solutions

Develop and streamline processes regarding data flow and quality to improve data accuracy, viability and value

Mentor the Analytics Team and other service lines for cross-team collaboration and matrixed team optimization relating to data and analytics solutions

Participate in the hiring of new permanent staff and contractors

Travel as needed and should expect as much as 80% mainly within region

You are an experienced leader with a proactive and participative management style. You instill and reinforce a strong customer service and business-oriented ethic. You have excellent client-facing and internal team leadership communication skills and can confidently communicate to all levels of the business from operational to executive. You have extensive pre-sales solution envisioning experience and data projects delivery experience, building demonstrations, estimates, proposal development capabilities, ability to develop client presentations and conduct workshops. You possess a good understanding of sales strategies, tactics and cycles and demonstrate good problem solving and analytical skills.

Your background and skills likely include:

Direct experience in similar analytics consulting practice leadership role with top notch consulting firms

Pre-sales for consulting engagement and strong understanding of consulting business

Experience designing solutions to be delivered by a Global Delivery team and demonstrated capability as a liaison to offshore group

Experience with designing, building and implementing Big Data Analytics solutions in the cloud using Azure and/or Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Building large Data warehouses with one or more technology platforms such as SQL Server / APS, Teradata, Netezza, Exadata, Hadoop

Delivering Self Service Analytics strategy and solutions

Experience with one or more self-service analytics and data visualization tools/services like Microsoft Power BI, PowerPivot, Tableau, QlikView, Lumira

Well versed with Ralph Kimball methodology, dimensional modelling and ETL Architecture

Data Lake implementation using Azure Data Lake and/or Hadoop

Data governance and master data management

Experience working with senior-level IT, Analytics and Business stakeholders

You likely have 10+ years of consulting experience in implementing and delivering data and analytics solutions for the enterprise. Your education likely includes a degree in computer science or the equivalent.

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 27,000 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 www.avanade.com.

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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 www.avanade.com.

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