Job Description

Technology Research and Thought Leadership Specialist

Location: London,

Salary: up to £42k depending on location and skills/experience

Career Level: Specialist/Consultant)

 

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. With our thought leadership and culture of innovation, we apply industry expertise, diverse skill sets and next-generation technology to each business challenge.

 

We believe in inclusion and diversity and supporting the whole person. Our core values comprise of Stewardship, Best People, Client Value Creation, One Global Network, Respect for the Individual and Integrity. Year after year, Accenture is recognized worldwide not just for business performance but for inclusion and diversity too.

 

“Across the globe, one thing is universally true of the people of Accenture: We care deeply about what we do and the impact we have with our clients and with the communities in which we work and live. It is personal to all of us.” – Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO

 

As a team:

 

Accenture Research uncovers trends and shape data-driven insights through Thought Leadership and Research for Accenture and its clients. Accenture Research combines deep understanding of Accenture clients’ industries with leading-edge research techniques to discover the most pressing issues facing organizations today.

 

Our team of 300 researchers and analysts develops thought-provoking research -- supported by proprietary data and partnerships with leading organizations that guides our innovations and allows us to transform theories and fresh ideas into real-world solutions for our clients.

 

Our team uses innovative business research techniques such as economic modeling, data science, expert networks, surveys, data visualization, and open research with Tier 1 academic and business partners. Accenture Research powers hundreds of points of views published by Accenture every year, answers thousands of thought provoking questions from clients around the world, drives the insights that guides Accenture’s business strategy and handles Accenture’s exclusive network of data and sources covering all industries, countries, market trends and digital technologies. The team is part of Accenture’s Strategy Office.

 

You'll learn, grow and advance in an innovative culture that thrives on shared success, diverse ways of thinking and enables boundaryless opportunities that can drive your career in new and exciting ways

 

If you’re looking for a challenging career working in a vibrant environment with access to training and a global network of experts, this could be the role for you. As part of our global team, you'll be working with cutting-edge technologies and will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of new skills on the job. 

 

In our team you will learn:

 

  • Thought leadership and trend analysis: Accenture creates original, cutting-edge points of view to use with clients, the media and in conferences. Most of our projects are published and quoted in the media and you are expected to have a voice and an opinion on the industry both inside and beyond Accenture. Research into industry trends informs publications and the direction of our business.

 

  • Client-focused research: you will work alongside our colleagues from the practice to provide research on clients’ business challenges and opportunities, support proposals, engagements, and day to day discussions with clients on their business and industry.

 

As a specialist in technology thought leadership, you will:

 

  • Demonstrate business writing proficiency: Demonstrate skill at penning points of view and research reports in English that bring insights to life for a C-suite audience. You may co-author articles/blog/thought pieces through Accenture’s publication channels and other channels and required to maintain a positive and growing social media presence.
  • Support Innovation: Assist and support the development of thought-provoking insights by identifying, developing and driving differentiated data-driven management insights. Research will involve both quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools.
  • Be data-driven: Understand the data needed to underpin effective technology thought leadership, consulting and strategy work. When required, analyze surveys, and provide results to the practice.
  • Be able to engage with teams on using innovative new research methodologies, such as customer experience platforms etc.
  • Create business impact: Research focused on issues that impact the business of Accenture and its clients (“so what?”) with major and long-lasting impact
  • Demonstrate technology and digital acumen: Business knowledge of digital technologies - especially Cloud, AI, Edge, IoT, software engineering etc. - and their applications to driving value across various industries. Technical knowledge of cloud and associated technologies is an advantage, though not required, given an ability to learn and adapt quickly.
  • Handle complex projects: work on multiple engagement and geographies at any one time.  Work is mostly virtual, but with global presence/reach.
  • Work well with geographically distributed teams


Qualifications

We are looking for experience in the following skills:

 

“Hard” skills:

  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Business knowledge of digital technologies such as the Cloud and others – how technology is transforming businesses
  • Ability to synthesize research into a compelling storyline
  • Ability to use quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools
  • Knowledge of the operations of large international companies, including core issues of the C-suite
  • Proven ability to publish high quality reports and articles (publication in high ranking journals will be an advantage)
  • Ability to present research findings to senior Accenture executives
  • If required, ready to conduct market and competitive intelligence research

 

“Soft” skills:

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Proven ability to work with people and complex multi-country research projects
  • Entrepreneurial attitude
  • Strong communications skills and good interpersonal skills in one-to-one and team settings

 

 

 

 

What’s in it for you

 

At Accenture in addition to a competitive basic salary, you will also have an extensive benefits package which includes 30 days’ vacation per year, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!

 

 

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. We combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across more than 40 industries — powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. With 509,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture brings continuous innovation to help clients improve their performance and create lasting value across their enterprises. 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 31/05/2021

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

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected applicable law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

COVID-19 update:  The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until travel restrictions change, interviews will continue to be conducted virtually. 

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