Job Description

S&PP Competitive Pricing Architect Senior Manager

Career Level - 6

Location: London

Salary -Depending on experience + excellent benefits

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

Accenture Pricing Architects are a highly visible group with a mission to develop and implement strategies and tactics that enable Accenture deal teams to maximize profitability and achieve desired outcomes for our clients through compelling, market-based pricing and commercial propositions. This role drives key strategic and tactical decisions related to pricing and profitability for a given geography, working across industries and services groups with a focus on building relationships, knowledge, and insights about each commercial environment. Market, Services, and Market Unit leads are trusted advisors within their respective Leadership teams.

Primary responsibilities include: 

Core Service Execution

  • Market Pricing Strategy and Execution: Support senior leadership in defining Accenture’s pricing approach to maximize profitable growth across Services and Client Groups.
  • Deal Pricing Strategy and Execution: Pricing Architects design and implement commercial strategies to enhance profitability, overseeing price positioning and client optics, deal shaping, deal qualification activities and financial structuring.
  • Competitive Positioning: Competitive Architects build point of view about competitor pricing and capabilities, derive deal-specific Accenture price target based on differentiation, and work with stakeholders to achieve target.
  • Rate Card Strategy and Development: Rate Card Architects design and develop client rate cards for account teams.
  • Portfolio Ownership: Develop the strategies and tactics to improve the overall pricing within a specific Service and Client Group in partnership with senior leadership.  Grow pricing teams’ engagement within the portfolio.

Drive and manage programs that improve sales

  • Identify and drive sales performance improvements by developing and implementing best practices, process and reporting
  • Support sales professionals/leaders in understanding client requirements, constraints, buyer values and high-level acceptability criteria for any solution
  • Work with Solution Delivery and Sales teams in identification, analysis, solution, business case development, proposal preparation and presentation to clients
  • Manage sales materials and credentials and coordinate the RFI/RFP/proposal response completion with sales teams, Solution Architects, delivery managers, and Sales Support teams
  • Define, monitor and analyze program metrics, targets and strategic imperatives based on fiscal year plans as well as structure and/or review the cost models to achieve the most competitive pric

Operational Execution

  • With CG and Service Leadership, proactively manage the pipeline to ensure accuracy, identify trends (including but not limited to deal sizes, MD time, ADR / CCI, pyramids, commercial constructs etc.), and provide insight on opportunities for optimization both overall and across priority deals.
  • Guide Pricing Support team in developing pricing and commercial propositions for bids and proposals, demonstrating the greatest value to clients and driving market-based pricing.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships both internally within the practice and externally with clients.

Other Service Offerings

  • Education: Support upskilling of client-facing practitioners and internal teams involved in sales & pricing, equipping them with the context and confidence to defend market-based pricing.
  • Negotiations: Provide coaching on negotiation tactics and walk-away points and directly participate in client and/or procurement negotiations on a limited basis.
  • Deal Profitability Triage: For specific opportunities identified by the Market and/or opportunities below deal level targets, identify avenues to increase price and/or margin on the opportunity across all aspects (e.g., solution, costing, commercials).
  • TPA Benchmark Defense: Lead/support client/account teams through a Third Party Advisor (TPA) benchmark of an existing contract or a sole source pursuit on a limited basis.

Support sales

  • Build credible relationships and manage interface with Sales Lead(s), Legal, Finance, Contracting, Human Resources, Recruiting, Marketing, and other internal organizations, as well as clients, as appropriate
  • Understand Accenture assets, offerings and methodologies to match to client business needs effectively

What Makes a Good Pricing Architect?

  • Experience working in a senior role with "deal shaping" expertise. Is great at educating and influencing other leaders, to change behaviors in line with desired outcomes. "Grew up" and made Manager on the line.
  • Highly knowledgeable about the key components of a deal that can enhance profitability, with proven ability to structure different pricing arrangements
  • Enjoys the hunt - thrives on negotiation, but recognizes a good negotiation should be a win/win
  • Consummate Learner AND Teacher - we want people who are intellectually curious and quick studies, with a mindset and drive to aggressively change behaviors toward market-relevant pricing
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, with gravitas, confidence and credibility to engage and take on commercial negotiations with senior client decision makers and procurement teams
  • Well-connected within their practice and viewed as an equal among the deal team - it is best for the practice lead to identify potential candidates (i.e. hand-select the bottle from the cellar)

"International Candidates will be considered"

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Qualifications

We are looking for experience in the following skills:

  • Competitive Analysis: EXPERT
  • Deal Shaping:  ADVANCED
  • Executive Presence:  ADVANCED
  • Market Intelligence:  EXPERT
  • Negotiation:  ADVANCED
  • Pricing & Commercial Strategy Development:  EXPERT
  • Pricing & Profitability Optimization:  EXPERT

Skills & Work Experience

  • Relevant experience working in similar environment

  • Deep understanding of S&PP processes and tools preferred

  • Understanding of Finance processes desirable

  • Experience in selling, solutioning, pricing, or managing sizeable System Integration or Application Outsourcing engagements
  • Advanced skills in competitive analysis, market intelligence, pricing and commercial strategy development, and pricing and profitability optimization, with a focus on IT service industry

 

Other requirements

  • Must support/mirror working hours for the supported Market Unit or other business area

  • Must be flexible with work hours according to business needs

  • May be occasionally required to travel domestically or internationally

Additional Comments

  • Experience working in a senior role with "deal shaping" expertise. Is great at educating and influencing other leaders, to change behaviors in line with desired outcomes. "Grew up" and made Manager on the line

  • Highly knowledgeable about the key components of a deal that can enhance profitability, with proven ability to structure different pricing arrangements

  • Enjoys the hunt - thrives on negotiation, but recognizes a good negotiation should be a win/win

  • Consummate learner AND teacher - we want people who are intellectually curious and quick studies, with a mindset and drive to aggressively change behaviors toward market-relevant pricing

  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, with gravitas, confidence and credibility to engage and take on commercial negotiations with senior client decision makers and procurement teams

  • Well-connected within their practice and viewed as an equal among the deal team

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 25 days’ vacation per year, gym subsidy, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!

Flexibility and mobility are required to deliver this role as there will be requirements to spend time onsite with our clients and partners to enable delivery of the first-class services we are known for.

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.

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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