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Technology Thought Leadership Research Principal Director for
We seek an experienced, well-rounded business and thought leadership research leader with a background in areas related to Information Technology (IT) topics, a passion for rethinking how people interact with machines, and a track record envisioning how this can transform the way we work and live.
The individual has knowledge of core segments Information Technology (IT) across a range of topics, for example: IT Application Services, Cloud and Infrastructure services, SaaS Platform services, Cyber and Application Security, Data and AI, Emerging technologies (XR/VR, IOT/Edge, Blockchain, quantum, Metaverse etc), - how technology is transforming businesses. Also having an appreciation of how technology trends are impacting business, consumers, society and governments. Also, technology implications on business strategy and public policy design.
Thought Leadership Researchers at the Principal Director level must be able to:
• Establish themselves as a Subject Matter Expert recognized inside and outside Accenture.
• Design a research agenda addressing key C-level issues in area of expertise
• Define and manage new and complex thought leadership research projects.
• Shape and build on ideas collaboratively developed in partnership with senior business leaders.
• Drive innovation through combination of new research tools, techniques, and approaches.
• Be a talent magnet

Our researchers at times participate in collaborative research between academia, industry, and ecosystem partners; and integrate resulting approaches into our projects. As such, researchers are expected to:
• Building relationships and serving as a domain expert when working with external partners or clients.
• Participate and serve in the research community (e.g., conferences, consortiums, industry bodies) and build university relationships.


Key Responsibilities:
Influence and Execute Thought Leadership Agenda
• Shape and lead development of external thought leadership, targeted for various audiences
• Design and deliver innovative and complex research projects agreed upon with business leadership, participating in both their conception and development.
• Supervise and mentor more junior researchers to successfully complete their responsibilities and assist with career progression
• Continuously learn about new technology areas that are strategic growth priorities for the technology business

Act as Subject Matter Expert in area of expertise
• Participate in projects as a representative of your area of expertise
• Discuss issues or trends within area of expertise to raise client and/or Accenture awareness
• Act as a contributor in external publication mediums in your area of expertise
• Publish and present in top tier conferences, workshops and journals

Enhance Accenture's marketplace reputation
• Work confidently with internal and external networks and other thought leaders on key relevant issues.
• Demonstrate expertise internally (e.g. presentations to internal audiences, participates in community of practice, etc.) and externally (e.g., presentations in conferences, to clients)
• Build deep relationships with teams in partner organizations
• Build deep relationships with researchers from academia
• Actively contribute to the research community and establish external reputation as expert.

Professional Skills:

• Proven ability to present in external platforms and being an industry recognized SME of your area of expertise
• Proven ability to create a project plan and execute against it
• Proven ability to motivate and lead a high-performance team
• Proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment
• Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
• Proven ability to craft an original, relevant and compelling storyline
• Ability to design, lead and deliver highly complex and innovative thought leadership research
• Ability to address complexity in team management as well as project management
• Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
• Excellent leadership and management skills
A bachelor’s degree, preferably in engineering or science or economics. A post-graduate degree/qualification in engineering, science, business, such as business (MBA), economics or equivalent is a plus.
18+ years of business experience, ideally within a business facing research department or management / strategy consultancy or equivalent skills/experience

You’ll benefit from our network of global communities and collaborative culture that will help you build technical and functional skills and capabilities. And because we serve more than 40 industries globally, you’ll have the opportunity to develop valuable industry-specific expertise.
o The scale of our capabilities and client engagements—and the unique way we innovate, operate and deliver value—will give you the opportunity to deepen your existing skills even as you help create the latest technology trends.
o You’ll have access to leading-edge technology.

If you have a desire to help the world’s leading companies and governments, now’s the time to join the world’s largest and most diversified group of technology, business process and consulting professionals. Be part of a dynamic team of collaborative experts, and help us improve the way the world works and lives.

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