Global Security Advisory Lead

Avanade

Location: Edinburgh, Greater London, Greater Manchester

Job Type: Full time

Posted


Preferred Location: USA or UK

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 mould and who gets inspired by the power of digital to transform organisations 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 bold, imaginative – and fast. We think big and deliver personally. We relentlessly challenge, inspire, and support our partner clients 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 clients and their customers. When the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem come together, we do what matters to make a genuine human impact.

Role Overview:
Avanade is seeking a Leader to expand its Global Security Advisory capabilities. As the Global Lead, you will be responsible for the overall strategy, performance, and growth of the Security Advisory business across North America, Europe and Growth Markets. You must possess exceptional analytical, interpersonal and creative thinking capabilities. You will need to be ambitious, enterprising and personable, possessing outstanding leadership skills, that allows you to assume a critical role in the Advisory Practice with an ability to scale over time

Security Advisory is a strategic initiative at Avanade with goals to grow globally to 400 headcount and $150M in sales over the next 3-5 years. The Global Security Leader must be a visionary who has the ability to execute to drive rapid growth across multiple Global geographies. Our partnership with Microsoft presents a massive market opportunity to grow and influence business across all of Avanade’s global practices.


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 broad range of security advisory services through an integrated, collaborative approach between our clients and practitioners. You’ll be responsible for collaborating with the management team, within a highly matrixed, multi-geographic organisation, with a significant role in achieving both corporate and practice objectives, including headcount growth, 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 deep knowledge and experience in delivering and leading Information Security programmes including IT Security Strategy, IT Security Operations, Security Training and Awareness, IT General Controls Compliance & Audit Management, IT Forensics, Identity and Access Management, Cybersecurity, and Data Privacy & IT Risk.


Key Role Responsibilities:
  • Manage and grow the Global Security Advisory business and associated Go to Market offerings.
  • Build the organization (finding talent, building the practice, interlocking with the Areas, align with Accenture and Microsoft).
  • Lead and grow the business aligned to Avanade’s purpose of making a genuine human impact for our people, clients and communities.
  • Possess deep understanding of Cybersecurity trends and strategies for identifying solutions to meet client business, financial and technical objectives.
  • Develop strong and positive relationships with client executives, effectively sell follow on Technical Advisory engagements.
  • Identify, develop, and document issues, perform analysis, draw conclusions, and formulate strategic recommendations.
  • Enthusiastically contribute towards industry specific offerings/thought leadership development.
  • Support business development/sales activities by working closely with regional advisory, account and sales teams to ensure proposition and solution alignment.
  • Develop and maintain go to market strategies around Technical Advisory

Key Opportunities and Challenges:
  • Build a team, globally
  • Grow the business to over 400 headcount and $150M in the next 3-5 years
  • Capitalize on the growing Microsoft market opportunity and exponentially grow our Security business across all practices
  • Hire top talent
  • Connection across a large number of practices

Knowledge, Skills, and Experiences:
  • Significant experience in a Global role in IT Security-related Management Consulting positions (e.g. Cyber Security Manager, IT Security Manager, Security Auditor, Security Analysts) from a top management or IT professional services firm, with experience managing projects, budgets and teams.
  • Expertise in delivering and leading Information Security programmes including IT Security Strategy, IT Security Operations, Security Training and Awareness, IT General Controls Compliance & Audit Management, IT Forensics, Identity and Access Management, Cybersecurity, and Data Privacy & IT Risk. within a digital technology context.
  • Extensive experience selling large Information Security programmes.
  • Experience in systems and infrastructure engineering with a focus on IT Security.
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with executive level clients, assessing their goals and objectives and the ability to translate ideas into strategic and practical solution recommendations.
  • 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
  • Experience of shaping and developing people capabilities in a highly matrixed environment

Top Competencies:
  • Strategic mindset
  • Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies
  • Builds and leads effective teams
  • Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals
  • Manages complexity
  • Making sense of complex high quantity and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems
  • Business insight
  • Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organizations goals
  • Collaborates
  • Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives

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