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Pricing Optimization – Pricing Architect (Associate Manager - Senior Manager) - Corporate Job

Yokohama Job No. r00139459 Full-time


Job Summary:
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 Client Groups.

・Rate Card Strategy and Development: Rate Card Pricing Architects design and develop client rate cards for account teams.

【For Senior Manager】

・Deal Pricing Strategy and Execution: S& C 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 Pricing Architects build a point of view about competitor pricing and capabilities, derive deal-specific Accenture price target based on differentiation, and work with stakeholders to achieve target.

・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

・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 price

【For Senior Manager】

・Manage sales materials and credentials and coordinate the RFI/RFP/proposal response completion with sales teams, Solution Architects, delivery managers, and Sales Support teams

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

【For Senior Manager】

・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


    【Senior Manager]
    Must have: 

    • Undergraduate degree
    • English language fluency (oral and written)
    • A minimum of 10 years of experience

    Good to have: 

    • Business Management education desirable
    • Deep understanding of Accenture Sales processes and tools preferred
    • Understanding of Finance processes desirable

    Knowledge & Skill Requirements:

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

    【Associate Manager】

    Must have: 

    • Undergraduate degree
    • English language fluency (oral and written)
    • A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience

    Good to have: 

    • Business Management education desirable
    • Understanding of Accenture Sales processes and tools preferred
    • Familiarity with Finance processes desirable

    Other requirements

    • Must support/mirror working hours for the supported Market Unit or other business area
    • Must be flexible with work hours according to shifting business needs
    • Must have good internet connectivity and distraction-free environment for working at home, in accordance with local guidelines
    • May be required to travel on rare occasions

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