Director, IT Transformation (Cost Specialist)

Consulting - Digital London, United Kingdom

IT Transformation consultants sit within the overarching Digital team to provide independent, senior-level expertise that enables executives to drive value from Technology and as a result to improve business performance.

We are now seeking a high-calibre Director who brings specific expertise in IT cost-reduction / cost optimisation. You will join a team of experienced consulting professionals, many of whom have previously held senior Technology roles in large corporates. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to lead and build this offering within our Digital team and provides significant opportunities for collaboration with our market-leading Operational Performance Improvement team.

The depth of our team’s experience enables us to exert a rapid and sustainable impact across:

  • Digital and Technology strategy development, operating model, capability and governance design
  • Product strategy and innovation, assisting our clients with the strategy and execution of growing the digital capability of their products and services
  • IT cost reduction, IT outsourcing and end to end IT Transformation
  • IT platform/systems/infrastructure review, re-platforming, rationalization and consolidation activities
  • IT due diligence, carve-out, and merger integration planning and execution
  • IT crisis management, interim IT leadership roles, and project turnaround

Job Summary

Digital Directors lead and/or co-lead our small, focused teams in delivering projects. They work closely with MDs to ensure the successful delivery of all elements of client engagements and often collaboratively with the Directors across other areas of AlixPartners. They will sometimes work across a small number of projects at any given time bringing a flexible and adaptable approach.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Deliver advanced technical and consulting expertise in IT cost-reduction
  • Lead large and high complexity projects from inception to completion, via small teams in a highly collaborative nature with the client
  • Broader experience in some of the following IT areas is key: IT strategy, IT due diligence, general technology assessments, strategic architecture, operating model, turnaround of large scale “troubled” projects and company separation (carve-out) or integration (merger) projects
  • Deliver memorable results to internal and external clients based on experience, a hands-on approach, and efficiency in driving outcomes.
  • Be recognized as a go-to person for specific technical/industry/functional knowledge. Continuously develop individual skills, capabilities, and knowledge.
  • Continuously improve and innovate internally and externally. Stay ahead of client, Firm, and market demands. Develop intellectual capital and compelling service offerings. Improve processes, create practical tools and build infrastructure
  • Support the recruitment of top performers and inspire others to join the Firm. Invest time in colleagues, provides honest feedback, and shares knowledge.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the AlixPartners brand. Develop business opportunities and build sustainable relationships. Demonstrate a service mentality. Work diligently to anticipate client needs, develop and implement solutions, and exceed expectations

Background and qualifications:

  • In-depth technical knowledge and experience in reducing a client’s overall costs of IT and a good level of proven expertise across a broader scope of IT performance improvement initiatives.
  • Engineering, Information Systems, IT or equivalent degree. MBA or Master’s degree preferred, but valid experience in conjunction with a Bachelor’s degree - in lieu of a graduate degree - will be considered.
  • Extensive and proven professional digital/IT related experience – a consulting background is essential.
  • Sector expertise in one or more of the following: Retail Banking, Payments, Consumer Goods & Retail, TMT (alternative sectors also considered)
  • Experience of running major projects and programmes with significant bottom line impact.
  • Proficiency in delivering engagements of all sizes, from inception through to completion.
  • Excellent communication, influencing and presentation capabilities, with knowledge of presentation tools, including PowerPoint and Visio.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 100% of the time Monday - Friday
  • Knowledge of an additional language would be advantageous.
  • Current citizenship; passport holder and/or work authorization in EMEA. Applicants need to have their own documents or work permits in place that enable them to travel and work across the European Union.

Personal competencies:

  • You show a real passion for driving IT effectiveness and enabling clients to achieve their business objectives.
  • You are adaptable and proficient with change in a practical environment
  • A highly solution-focused approach coupled with commercial and strategic understanding.
  • A strong motivation to discover and learn and develop your knowledge in a way that can improve the quality of our work.
  • You are comfortable in delivering expertise in critical and urgent situations, requiring rapid improvement.
  • A highly collaborative approach with the ability to develop consensus from a wide range of partners.
  • Focused on achieving success in individual and team projects.
  • You possess strong attention to detail and produce clear and accurate written outputs.
  • You act as a positive role model, developing self and others through coaching and informal feedback.
  • Confident when collaborating with clients and their teams
  • We are a European practice, so this role may involve working for short periods at other AlixPartners’ UK and European offices and providing assistance at client sites, both in the UK and abroad. Flexibility will therefore be required.