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Innovation Strategy Research Specialist

Job Location: London

Regional Description: United Kingdom

Job Number: 00584691

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Role: Innovation Strategy Research Specialist
Location: London
Salary: £34,000 - £45,000 dependant on skills and experiences

 

Introduction: 

 

Join Accenture and help transform leading organisations and communities around the world. The sheer scale of our capabilities and client engagements and the way we collaborate, operate and deliver value provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance. 

 

Join Corporate Functions and you will become part of a diverse team which offers the essential expertise that enables all of our employees to deliver high performance to our clients. Our Corporate Functions professionals work in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Marketing and Communications, CIO, Information Security, and Geographic Services.

 

Whether you work directly with clients or manage important internal initiatives and efforts, you’ll find amazing opportunities to make a measurable difference.

 

Accenture Research shapes trends and creates data-driven insights about the most pressing issues global organizations face. Combining the power of innovative research techniques with a deep understanding of our clients’ industries, our team of 250 researchers and analysts spans 23 countries and publishes hundreds of reports, articles and points of view every year. Our thought-provoking research – supported by proprietary data and partnerships with leading organizations guides our innovations and allows us to transform theories and fresh ideas into real-world solutions for our clients.
 
Accenture Research is an integral part of Accenture’s Innovation Architecture, and our focus spans four key areas:
  • Unlocking new business opportunities: helping Accenture understand markets and companies and identifying ways in which we can help clients become high-performance businesses and governments. A typical analysis might be an in-depth company diagnostic to look at a company’s financial, digital and strategic health or an overview of a sector of the market to identify trends or assess the impact of regulation, M&A; analysis of key market segments that are driving growth, impact of new technologies on how consumers act and what they demand.
     
    Working directly with clients: about 20% of our research is on client engagements where we work alongside our colleagues from the practice to provide research and industry expertise. Typical work with our clients might be to benchmark their digital strategy and activities against key players in the market; to analyse new and emerging competitors, identify untapped areas of growth or project future trends and their likely impact on the business.
Developing thought leadership: Accenture needs original, cutting-edge ideas to use with clients, the media and in conferences. Accenture Research helps identify big ideas, and develop those into market relevant, provocative and credible thought leadership articles. Many of our thought leadership projects are published and quoted in the press.  Others form the basis for our issue-driven discussions with clients.  In all cases the Research Analyst will be expected to contribute ideas, relevant research, and writing / synthesizing of key findings to these projects.
 
Supporting Accenture’s growth: our researchers advise the leaders of our practices on the opportunities for growth, on differentiating Accenture in the market and about our positioning relative to our competitors.
You will join a small inter-disciplinary global team of corporate strategists and researchers responsible for shaping the cross-industry narrative that underpins the next phase of growth for Accenture. Our work focuses on how disruptive innovation is re-shaping the business environment, and the innovation strategies that companies will need to adopt in response. Our research is data-driven, and leverages new statistical techniques and machine learning to develop ground-breaking insights. Our work is overseen by Accenture’s Chief Strategy Officer, and is published in leading journals, including Harvard Business Review, MIT-Sloan Management Review, and The European Business Review, to name a few.

 

The Role Will Involve

  • Carrying out primary and secondary research activities in support of our portfolio of research and thought leadership initiatives.
  • Drive our end-to-end research process, including idea-generation, thematic concept development, expert interviews, analytical examination and co-authoring of published reports.
  • Communicate our research findings and insights to internal clients (senior leadership) and external clients (via our Consulting workforce), and will be expected to build and maintain relationships with external thought leaders at meeting and industry events.
Your Key Responsibilities:

 

Supporting senior researchers at all stages of a project:

  • Support the design of research to answer an original research question of relevance to c-level decision makers, demonstrating originality in framing of research ideas and approaches.
  • Lead expert interviews, preparing background materials, and analyzing outputs
  • Assemble data from multiple sources, and conduct high-quality analysis with a significant degree of autonomy.
  • Co-author publications and journal articles, and create high-quality PowerPoint slides and briefing material for speeches and presentations by Accenture leadership.

Developing your own set of expertise and embracing innovation in our research methods

  • Develop own “brand” as a highly skilled researcher on corporate strategy and innovation.
  • Develop own network of contacts internally and externally to raise personal as well as Accenture Research visibility.
  • Support the adoption of advanced research techniques.

Working with Consulting teams and presenting research findings internally and externally

  • Present findings of your work and be ready to answer specific questions as part of client conversations
  • Work together with client teams to integrate research findings at business development stages as well as client proposals or engagements

What skills & experience are we looking for? 

 

Issue-based problem solving and structured communication skills: We want researchers who can identify key issues and, in a logical, structured manner, use these issues to drive their efforts. We also expect individuals to draw out the implications of the research they conduct and tell a compelling, business-focused story about the data that is relevant to Accenture’s business and clients.  We are looking for insights, not just information.
 
Research skills: We expect researchers to be able to take an issue and turn it into a researchable question, adeptly scope the research effort, and expertly use most (but not necessarily all) research techniques such as secondary database searching, company analysis, market analysis, strategic analysis frameworks, interview-based research and financial analysis. Researchers must also be detail-oriented and follow quality assurance procedures.
 
Business acumen: Individuals must possess a fundamental understanding of micro and macroeconomic drivers that influence industry opportunities and ability to use strategic frameworks (e.g., Porter’s five forces, 4 Ps, 3 Cs) to analyze market conditions, competitive landscape and individual company performance.
 
Business experience, ideally within a business facing research department, strategy consultancy, investment banking, equity research or a corporate strategy team.
 
Other skills and knowledge:
 
  • Proficiency in data analysis techniques and familiarity with basic statistical techniques such as multivariate regression and correlation analysis. Familiarity with R, Stata or Python would be an advantage although not a requirement, as would familiarity with data visualization tools
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize fragmented information from multiple sources into a coherent summary, and to develop structured communications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with an ability to establish yourself as a trusted advisor to internal leadership
  • Experience in financial modeling and performing competitive analyses on publicly traded companies, including analyses of profitability, cash flow, and balance sheet and income statements
  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills; knowledge of advanced functions (e.g. VBA / macros) would be an advantage
  • Familiarity with key contemporary debates relating to innovation, digital disruption, and the impact of technology
  • Intellectual curiosity, self-motivation and a willingness to take ownership

Educational Qualifications

 

Relevant undergraduate degree (e.g., STEM subject or social science with quantitative components); A post-graduate degree would be an advantage, as would an accounting or CFA qualification.
 
 

 

What’s in it for you?

All of our Corporate Functions professionals receive comprehensive training covering business acumen, technical and professional skills development. We offer a variety of formal and informal training programs at every level to help you acquire and build specialised skills faster. Learning takes place both on the job and through formal training conducted online, in the classroom, or in collaboration with others. The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provide an unbeatable platform from which to build a career. 

 

On top of this, we have an extensive benefits package which includes 30 days’ vacation per year, gym subsidies, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!

 

What are the next steps?

If this sounds like the ideal role, career and company for you, click below to apply.

 

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

 

Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other basis as protected by applicable law.

 

Closing Date for Applications 29/06/2018

Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.

 

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