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Accenture Strategy - Kurt Salmon Merchandise, Marketing & Planning Strategy Manager

Job Location: CA - San Francisco, GA - Atlanta, IL - Chicago, NY - New York

Regional Description: Northeast

Job Number: 00574978


- Job description

Organization: Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy    
Level: Manager
Location: Negotiable
Travel: up to 80%

Kurt Salmon’s retail strategy consulting business in China, Germany, Japan, the UK and US was acquired by Accenture, and now forms part of Accenture Strategy’s global retail industry practice, delivering end-to end-strategy consulting services to top retailers and private equity firms.  This follows the acquisition of Javelin Group in June 2015, and is further evidence of Accenture’s commitment to create the market-leading strategy consulting firm working in the retail and consumer sectors.

As part of Accenture Strategy, you would have the opportunity of providing true end-to-end services to clients, from strategy to management consulting, technology consulting, digital, technology and operations, by working with colleagues across Accenture.  You will also benefit from professional mentoring, training and development, career progression and working culture and environment offered by a company recognized on the Fortune Best 100 Companies to Work For, Fortune Most Admired Companies and DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, amongst others.

Job Description:

Our consultants lead multifaceted projects that demand robust analytical abilities, a creative approach to problem-solving and strong interpersonal skills. Projects range from fast-paced, three-week business or technology assessments to 18-month business process transformation and technology solution implementations for the world’s leading retailers and global brands. This mix of projects offers consultants a dynamic and highly challenging opportunity to experience our service offerings and to quickly develop their expertise through early exposure to senior firm leadership and industry executives. 

Examples of our work include: 
  • Designing pre-season and in-season merchandising and planning processes highlighting functional area roles and responsibilities at a major department store retailer 
  • Diagnosing the core issues plaguing a cosmetics company and recommending product development enhancements across the global network to improve profitability
  • Evaluating the store network of a specialty apparel retailer in order to group stores into clusters that share similar characteristics and localizing the merchandise assortment to meet the unique preferences of that customer segment
  • Improving the efficiency of a leading grocer’s supply chain network, from distribution centers to stores
  • Evaluating and implementing  warehouse management software solutions for a big-box retailer
  • Leading a supply chain global or domestic network strategy
  • Designing large complex fully automated distribution facilities 
  • Defining the omni-channel inventory sharing processes for a multi-channel retailer
  • Conducting the data analysis to support the redefinition of a customer engagement strategy for a global brand
Managers are responsible for:
  • Managing teams in the delivery of client engagements
  • Contributing to the development of various service offerings 
  • Contributing to practice thought leadership, body of knowledge and service development
  • Participating in the development and cultivation of client relationships
  • Supporting business development and sales teams 
  • Coaching and developing practice staff
  • Representing the firm in industry forums (e.g. writing articles, speaking at conferences)
Basic Qualifications:
We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:
  • Minimum of 4 years of retail industry experience
  • Minimum of 1 years of strategy consulting experience
  • Bachelor's degree
Preferred qualifications: 
  • MBA or equivalent graduate degree 
Professional Skill Requirements:
  • Proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment 
  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment 
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Attention to detail while managing competing priorities and tight time pressures
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to facilitate senior client meetings and drive conversations with firm leadership
  • Desire to lead and motivate teams in dynamic and challenging work environments
  • Results-oriented, self-directed, inquisitive, and entrepreneurial-minded
All of our consulting professionals receive comprehensive training covering business acumen, technical and professional skills development. You’ll also have opportunities to hone your functional skills and expertise in an area of specialization. We offer a variety of formal and informal training programs at every level to help you acquire and build specialized skills faster. Learning takes place both on the job and through formal training conducted online, in the classroom, or in collaboration with teammates. The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provide an unbeatable platform from which to build a career.

Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture (i.e., H1-B visa, F-1 visa (OPT), TN visa or any other non-immigrant status).

Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration. 

Accenture is a Federal Contractor and an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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

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