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Technology Research Manager

Job Location: DC, DC - Washington, IL - Chicago, MA - Boston, NY - New York

Regional Description: Northeast

Job Number: 00668288

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- Job description

Organization: Corporate Functions/Research
Location: New York, Metro DC, Boston, Chicago
 

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 469,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

 

People in the Corporate Function career track contribute to the running of Accenture as a high- performance business through specialization within a specific functional area, and grow into internally focused roles by deepening their skills and/or developing new skills within an internal functional area.

 

Research professionals possess deep research and analysis expertise, shaping research, analysis and insights that enable Accenture and our clients to generate global impact through identification, development and implementation of proprietary and innovative ideas.

 

Job Description

Accenture Researchers provide data, analysis and insights to Accenture and its clients, working closely with the senior executives in each of the industries, geographies and businesses. We provide value and impact across four main areas:

  • New business opportunities: helping Accenture understand markets and companies and identifying ways in which we can help clients transform to become high-performance businesses and governments. A typical analysis might be an in-depth company diagnostic to look at a company’s financial, technology and strategic health or an overview of a sector of the market to identify current and/or future trends or assess the impact of regulation, mergers and other landmark events.
  • Working directly with clients: a growing percentage of our research is on client engagements where we work alongside our colleagues from the practice to provide research and industry expertise and/or partner on delivering strategic workshops. Typical work with our clients might be to apply a certain trend to the Client’s context; to provide best practice insights in an industry, capability or function; or project future trends and their likely impact on the business.
  • Developing thought leadership: Accenture needs original, cutting-edge points of view to use with clients, the media and in conferences. Accenture Research helps create and write those viewpoints. Many of our projects are published and quoted in the press.  Others form the basis for our issue-driven discussions with clients.  In all cases the researchers will be expected to contribute research, writing and thought leadership to these projects.
  • Support to Accenture Growth & Strategy and Practice Enablement: Accenture Research is part of the Growth & Strategy organization which is dedicated to the formulation and implementation of Accenture’s strategy. Typical work includes analysis of competitors’ moves, market sizing & trends and impacts for Accenture. We also develop periodic management reports which provide fresh insights on client performance and the issues clients currently face.

Successful research requires people who not only have strong research skills but who also have a client-focused mentality and an outgoing and confident personal style. Successful researchers build deep relationships with their peers and senior executives in the practice and work as a team, sometimes responding to requests and sometimes proposing (and selling) research ideas.

We have over 250 researchers in 23 countries in our global team, working as a virtual team of deep experts. Most specialize in an Industry (such as Financial Services or Consumer Goods) or a Business (such as Technology or Digital); some bring a particular research skill (such as survey research or financial analysis) and many combine two or more areas of expertise. On any given project, we will bring together researchers with the best combination of industry, geographic and technical skills to collaborate and provide the relevant expertise for the task.  

About the Role

This opening is for the role of Technology Research Manager with a focus on emerging technology (especially blockchain). This role will support the global needs of Accenture’s developing blockchain business as well as other emerging areas such as quantum and/or AI (as needed by the office of the CTIO).

This position sits within our global Technology research team which is a team of about 15 researchers based in 6 countries. The successful candidate will work closely with the Global Blockchain Research Lead and with the Global Technology Research Team Lead, to help define and establish the strategy and priorities for the global blockchain research agenda.  He/she will support thought leadership projects, client projects, primary research activity and business or market development.

While it is assumed the researcher will focus on his or her area of expertise, there will be occasions in which he/she will work on projects outside this core area that could require other capabilities, such as those aligning to the needs of our CTIO.

We are looking for someone with:

  • Strong leadership, stakeholder and people management capabilities
  • Exceptional knowledge of emerging tech trends as applied to the industry context, and deep research skills

The successful candidate will direct the scoping, delivery and quality of individual research projects, personally conducting research as required.  The role combines an understanding of content sources, primary and secondary research techniques, and subject matter with knowledge of Accenture and the marketplace to ensure the team’s delivery of high value research results (i.e., highly synthesized, packaged findings derived from existing information and data sources).

A proven track record of published content and/or projects in the emerging tech space (especially Blockchain) would be a definite advantage.

The position is based in New York, Metro DC, Chicago or Boston.

What to expect

Your first weeks will be spent getting to know the organization. Building an effective working relationship with other researchers in the Technology team in Accenture is critical so your early days will involve many meetings (mostly virtual) and lots of networking.

At the same time, you’ll be getting to know the other researchers in the local team and establishing a relationship with them. As you become more familiar with Accenture you can expect to start work on one or more projects. There is no typical day or project at Accenture Research but you might start by working on an analysis of one of our clients or potential clients, developing tech trends analysis or being part of an international study on subjects impacting the adoption of blockchain.

Over time you will find a varied project load develops and that you may be working on between two and four projects at any given time, of different durations and scope. Your success in developing and managing such project will depend on a good working relationship with the other researchers worldwide.

In terms of career development there will be tremendous scope to expand and build on this role. A dynamic, proactive researcher will find many opportunities to learn and grow at Accenture. Promotion opportunities are not based on time in the role but on the business need (demand) and the readiness of an individual. 

Accenture Research is genuinely a great place to work. There will be times when you work long and hard but we put life/work balance very high on our agenda.  In addition, as part of a global team, we seek to maintain flexibility in our work style. This is a unique opportunity to work for a highly skilled, respected and growing global Research team, particular to only a few consultancies worldwide.

Additional Information

Reports to:  Global Blockchain Research Lead

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Minimum of 6 year’s of business research experience

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Understanding of global business and technology issues at large
  • Awareness in specific emerging technology areas, with a preference to blockchain
  • Working experience in a team of research professionals, using research tools and methodologies
  • Bachelor degree, preferably in economics, business, finance, engineering, computer science or other related areas. A post-graduate degree/qualification is preferred but not essential.
  • Business research experience, preferably in a consulting environment, equity brokerage, third party research organization, or line position at a technology firm.
  • Fluent English is required for this role. Other languages are a plus
Professional Skills Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in highly collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a global organization
  • Demonstrated ability to manage in a complex stakeholder environment
  • Knowledge of and facility with social media
  • Ability to coach others on thought leadership development
  • Demonstrated leadership in professional setting; either military or civilian
  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting; either military or civilian
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. 

 

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

 

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

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

 

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, 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 by federal, state, or local law.

 

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

 

Accenture is committed to providing veteran employment opportunities to our service men and women.

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