Director - IT Strategy, N. American Advisory, Toronto

Director, IT Strategy - N. American Advisory Practice

About Avanade's Advisory Practice

The North American Advisory team is responsible for long-term strategy and business solutions, providing advice and leveraging technology advancements while steering our Clients through business transformations. We deliver a broad range of Advisory Strategic Services through an integrated yet collaborative approach between our clients and practitioners.

Avanade Advisory Practice specializes in engagements across four key Advisory Practice areas: IT Strategy; Cyber Security practice area; Modern Workplace; Business Applications Strategy; Change Enablement and Data & AI.

Avanade's Advisory Practice focuses on the Identification, Formulation AND Realization of business strategy objectives utilizing Best Practices Methodology while creating an exceptional Client experience.

Overview:

Avanade is seeking Director to expand its Advisory capabilities in the Toronto area. You will lead and manage multiple engagements, advising clients at the highest strategic level with big-picture and tactical guidance on how technology enables a wide range of business outcomes. You must possess exception analytical, interpersonal and creative thinking capabilities. You will need to be entrepreneurial, enterprising and personable, possessing exceptional leadership qualities, that allows you to assume a critical role in the Advisory Practice with an ability to scale over time. Previous experience in a Management Consulting Advisory Practice is required.

Key Role Responsibilities:

Collaborating with senior client executives (C-levels, VPs, Directors), you will assist our clients in successfully defining their technology strategy, investments and operating models to support their business priorities. As a successful Director, you will:

  • Manage and lead the delivery of a broad range of IT strategy and multiple technical advisory engagements, with previous experience in several key vertical markets: Financial/Banking; CPG/Manufacturing; Energy; Pharmaceuticals/Medical/Healthcare or Life Sciences
  • Identify and Leverage approaches, appropriate tools and methodologies
  • Possess deep understanding of trends and strategies for identifying solutions to meet client business, financial and technical objectives
  • Conduct detailed analyses to understand and explain client problems and utilize standard consulting management skills such as facilitation, interviewing, gap analysis, etc.
  • Identify, develop and document issues, perform analysis, draw conclusions and formulate strategic recommendations
  • Create clear and actionable strategic roadmaps and supporting business cases that both delineate a broader end-game, while also prioritizing quick wins with near-term measurable impact
  • Actively develop and maintain client relationships at senior levels
  • Enthusiastically contribute towards industry specific offerings/ thought leadership development
  • Steer & Drive sales efforts including development of client proposals and pitch mechanics while training others in sales, RFP responses and go-to-market strategies

Required Skills & Experience:
  • 15+ years of Management Consulting experience from a top management or IT professional services firm
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with executive level clients
  • Willingness to travel 50-80% throughout North America
  • Previous experience working on multiple workstreams/engagements in a highly matrixed external client facing environment, with Talent & Project & Budget Management responsibilities
  • Excellent 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 thinker, highly flexible and willing to work independently as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience discussing a wide range of strategic imperatives across functional, operational and technological issues
  • Bachelor's degree in related field, MBA preferred

Preferred Experience and Skills:

The following skills and capabilities are central to the role, depending on Service Area expertise:
  • Cross-sector and functional experience highly desirable (Financial Services/ Healthcare/ Life Sciences/ Manufacturing/ Utilities / Energy/ Media/ Communications/Supply Chain/Business Applications)
  • CIO Strategy and IT Strategy
  • IT Operating Model & Governance
  • Significant IT/Technology industry understanding and/or experience
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation, Customer Experience Strategy and Experience Design
  • Emerging Technology Strategy and Assessments (RPA, Blockchain, AI/ Bots, AR/VR, etc.)
  • Technology Cost and Value Optimization
  • Cloud Transformation Assessments (Microsoft Azure preferred)
  • Best of Breed Working methodologies (Agile, DevOps)
  • Data & Business Intelligence Strategy, Insight and Analytics (leveraging Microsoft technologies)

About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology, business and industry expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 30,000 digitally connected people across 24 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate.

Avanade® Is An Equal Opportunity Employer. Avanade prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or any other protected status. Avanade is also committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act .

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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Director, IT Strategy - N. American Advisory Practice

About Avanade's Advisory Practice

The North American Advisory team is responsible for long-term strategy and business solutions, providing advice and leveraging technology advancements while steering our Clients through business transformations. We deliver a broad range of Advisory Strategic Services through an integrated yet collaborative approach between our clients and practitioners.

Avanade Advisory Practice specializes in engagements across four key Advisory Practice areas: IT Strategy; Cyber Security practice area; Modern Workplace; Business Applications Strategy; Change Enablement and Data & AI.

Avanade's Advisory Practice focuses on the Identification, Formulation AND Realization of business strategy objectives utilizing Best Practices Methodology while creating an exceptional Client experience.

Overview:

Avanade is seeking Director to expand its Advisory capabilities in the Toronto area. You will lead and manage multiple engagements, advising clients at the highest strategic level with big-picture and tactical guidance on how technology enables a wide range of business outcomes. You must possess exception analytical, interpersonal and creative thinking capabilities. You will need to be entrepreneurial, enterprising and personable, possessing exceptional leadership qualities, that allows you to assume a critical role in the Advisory Practice with an ability to scale over time. Previous experience in a Management Consulting Advisory Practice is required.

Key Role Responsibilities:

Collaborating with senior client executives (C-levels, VPs, Directors), you will assist our clients in successfully defining their technology strategy, investments and operating models to support their business priorities. As a successful Director, you will:
  • Manage and lead the delivery of a broad range of IT strategy and multiple technical advisory engagements, with previous experience in several key vertical markets: Financial/Banking; CPG/Manufacturing; Energy; Pharmaceuticals/Medical/Healthcare or Life Sciences
  • Identify and Leverage approaches, appropriate tools and methodologies
  • Possess deep understanding of trends and strategies for identifying solutions to meet client business, financial and technical objectives
  • Conduct detailed analyses to understand and explain client problems and utilize standard consulting management skills such as facilitation, interviewing, gap analysis, etc.
  • Identify, develop and document issues, perform analysis, draw conclusions and formulate strategic recommendations
  • Create clear and actionable strategic roadmaps and supporting business cases that both delineate a broader end-game, while also prioritizing quick wins with near-term measurable impact
  • Actively develop and maintain client relationships at senior levels
  • Enthusiastically contribute towards industry specific offerings/ thought leadership development
  • Steer & Drive sales efforts including development of client proposals and pitch mechanics while training others in sales, RFP responses and go-to-market strategies

Required Skills & Experience:
  • 15+ years of Management Consulting experience from a top management or IT professional services firm
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with executive level clients
  • Willingness to travel 50-80% throughout North America
  • Previous experience working on multiple workstreams/engagements in a highly matrixed external client facing environment, with Talent & Project & Budget Management responsibilities
  • Excellent 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 thinker, highly flexible and willing to work independently as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience discussing a wide range of strategic imperatives across functional, operational and technological issues
  • Bachelor's degree in related field, MBA preferred

Preferred Experience and Skills:

The following skills and capabilities are central to the role, depending on Service Area expertise:
  • Cross-sector and functional experience highly desirable (Financial Services/ Healthcare/ Life Sciences/ Manufacturing/ Utilities / Energy/ Media/ Communications/Supply Chain/Business Applications)
  • CIO Strategy and IT Strategy
  • IT Operating Model & Governance
  • Significant IT/Technology industry understanding and/or experience
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation, Customer Experience Strategy and Experience Design
  • Emerging Technology Strategy and Assessments (RPA, Blockchain, AI/ Bots, AR/VR, etc.)
  • Technology Cost and Value Optimization
  • Cloud Transformation Assessments (Microsoft Azure preferred)
  • Best of Breed Working methodologies (Agile, DevOps)
  • Data & Business Intelligence Strategy, Insight and Analytics (leveraging Microsoft technologies)

About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology, business and industry expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 30,000 digitally connected people across 24 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate.

Avanade® Is An Equal Opportunity Employer. Avanade prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or any other protected status. Avanade is also committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act .

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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