Growth Markets Security Advisory Lead, Japan




Multiple Locations


Position summary

There’s one in every group—the person who dreams big and has the motivation to bring their ideas to life, even as others might roll their eyes and prefer to play it safe. Are you that person? One who isn’t afraid to break the mould and who gets inspired by the power of digital to transform organisations and ways of working? Because we are building teams of people like that to help our clients unlock the power they need now and own what’s next.

We are breaking apart the traditional process of setting strategies and goals first, then finding technologies to achieve them. In the digital age, there’s no time for that linear process. We partner with clients to accelerate value from digital innovation by being bold, imaginative – and fast. We think big and deliver personally. We relentlessly challenge, inspire, and support our partner clients and each other.

Want the agility and energy of a start-up, backed by the resources of Accenture, Microsoft and the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT Sloan School of Management? Here you will find a team of people who thrive on turning ideas and innovations into breakthrough results for leading organisations around the globe. Ultimately, we’re not just making business better. We’re making life better for our clients and their customers. When the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem come together, we do what matters to make a genuine human impact. 

About the Role

As a leader in Avanade’s Advisory Services, you will drive business consulting services as an on ramp to large scale technology implementations and transformations.  Our Advisory services teams work with our clients at the C-suite level to clearly define vision and strategy and create strong roadmaps for implementation.

Aligned with Avanade’s Ambition 2025 strategy, Security Advisory will be a critical focus where we bring relevant security offerings to our business and technology solutions for our clients.  The Area Lead role is essential in how we bring our Security strategy, network, and relevant advisory services to life in the context of our clients, people, and wider offerings.

As the Area Lead, you will be responsible for the overall strategy, performance, and growth of the Security Advisory business across our Growth Market Area. This includes building a strong market presence, opening new market opportunities, and enabling regions to drive growth in their Security businesses. You will partner closely with internal leaders to implement a strategy for identification, development, sales, solutions, and investments in Security. This role will also guide and support our clients in successfully defining their Cyber/Security and Technology Strategies, investments and operating models to support their Security priorities.

You will also have the chance to**:**

  • Engage with leadership and clients in strategic discussions to provide outstanding Cyber/Security IT Strategy and industry guidance to improve client’s long-term business objectives.
  • Possess deep understanding of Security trends and strategies for identifying Security solutions to meet client business, financial and technical objectives.
  • Develop strong and positive relationships with client executives, effectively sell follow on Security Advisory engagements.
  • Shape security architectures for existing and proposed technologies.
  • Provide clients with up-to-date information on different threats and security vulnerabilities that organisations may face, to ensure there are solutions in place to mitigate those risks.
  • Identify, develop and document Security issues, perform Security/Cyber Risk analysis, draw conclusions and formulate strategic recommendations.
  • Enthusiastically contribute towards industry specific offerings/thought leadership development.
  • Support business development/sales activities by working closely with Regional advisory, account and sales teams to ensure proposition and solution alignment.
  • Develop and maintain go to market strategies around Information Security, Data Privacy, IT Compliance, IT Risk and Data Governance.

Your Skills:

  • Significant experience in IT Security-related Management Consulting positions (https://e.g. Cyber Security Manager, IT Security Manager, Security Auditor, Security Analysts) from a top management or IT professional services firm, with experience managing projects, budgets and teams.
  • Expertise in delivering and leading Information Security programmes including IT Security Strategy, IT Security Operations, Security Training and Awareness, IT General Controls Compliance & Audit Management, IT Forensics, Identity and Access Management, Cybersecurity, and Data Privacy & IT Risk. within a digital technology context.  
  • Extensive experience selling large Information Security programmes.
  • Experience in systems and infrastructure engineering with a focus on IT Security.
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with executive level clients, assessing their goals and objectives and the ability to translate ideas into strategic and practical solution recommendations.
  • Aptitude for critical and analytical thinking, as well as the capacity to accept out-of-the box solutions.
  • Autonomous, positive problem solver, highly flexible and willing to work independently as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of shaping and developing people capabilities in a highly matrixed environment

Why you should apply for a job to Avanade:

  • 4.5/5 in supportive management

  • 73% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 82% would recommend this company to other women

  • 86% say the CEO supports gender diversity

  • Ratings are based on anonymous reviews by Fairygodboss members.
  • STEM Scholarship programs with nine Universities worldwide investing in the future of young women.

  • Five Employee Resource Groups including women's, LGBT+, and Veterans to name a few.

  • World-class training including an average of 80 hours a year for employees to develop their skill set.