Deloitte: Senior Manager, eDiscovery

January 15, 2009

Deloitte is looking for a Senior Manager, eDiscovery for their Analytic Forensic Technology services:

Analytic Forensic Technology (“AFT”) – utilize technologically advanced computer labs and cutting-edge software to offer new, innovative solutions to clients’ complex legal problems. We navigate IT systems for evidence of malfeasance, such as information deletion, policy violations or unauthorized access. Today’s business environment generates vast amounts of data and information, and almost all of this information is captured and stored in computerized form.  AFT engagements focus on complex domestic and international litigations and investigations including SEC Inquiries, M&A Due Diligence and Litigation, Corporate Fraud, Class, Anti-Money Laundering, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act…just to name a few.  Our clients include leading Canadian corporations, Fortune 500 companies and many of the most highly regarded law firms in the country.

A Senior Manager plays a key role in growing the current eDiscovery services in the Canadian marketplace. The primary mandate for this role includes increasing market share by developing and executing business development strategies as well as delivering top quality work to clients.
You will lead a diverse team of highly talented Consultants in a cross functional environment, taking a lead role in delivering services to high growth organizations. A Senior Manager creates long-term relationships at a senior client level and has strong knowledge in leveraging prevalent methodologies. This role employs a structured approach to project management to ensure complete client satisfaction and project profitability. You will anticipate the long term, multifunctional impact of all decisions and take a broad approach to problem solving. You will execute a client service plan on complex engagements and work closely with the Partners in exceeding our client’s expectations while identifying and mitigating business risks associated with projects.

The Good
It’s a pretty senior position for a pretty big firm, and technology forensics is its own interesting field with some unique challenges.   While it’s true that the most interesting elements probably come from conducting technology forensics rather than managing the growth of Deloitte’s technology forensics business, it’s still an area that might interest potential candidates on the technical challenges alone.

The Bad
I imagine that many of you won’t have the background skills they’re looking for, making this an interesting but somewhat inaccessible position.

What’s Missing
What’s the compensation for a Senior Manager at Deloitte?  Which of the many offices would you be working at?  What’s the size and composition of the team?  What’s the travel really like?  What are the business development challenges you’re facing?

Your milage may vary when it comes to a role that focuses on business development.  That said, that’s not uncommon with a position like “Senior Manager”, and certainly it seems as if they’d like you to have a background this kind of technology forensics.   

This sort of work tends to come with a lot of confidentiality and security.  Your mileage may vary when it comes to potentially getting your background checked, or spending time in a lab where you can accidentally lock yourself in due to security measures.

And finally, your mileage may vary when it comes to 25% travel, their suggested expectation.

In Summary
This is either ‘you’ or it isn’t.  Most of you probably don’t have the forensic/security background and/or the managerial/business development background.  If you’ve got both, then probably both you and Deloitte would be happy to talk in more detail.  If you’ve got one but not the other, but you’re willing and able to acquire the missing skills, it might be worth a shot.


Deloitte: Director of Development, Business Solutions

December 11, 2008

Deloitte is looking for a Director of Development, Business Solutions for their Global Office of Information Management:

Working as a member of the Global Office of Information Management (OIM), the Development Leader, Business Solutions Services, provides overall leadership of the development organization.  The Development Leader is focused on providing oversight of development activities in Business Solutions, enabling Development Managers and Development Senior Managers to provide consistent, qualified leadership in specific competencies or for designated Business Solutions, and manages relationships with other organizational / functional units within OIM.  The Development Leader will have responsibility for managing over 100 resources distributed worldwide, but primarily located in the United States, Canada, Czech Republic and India.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of twelve (12) years progressively senior experience in development management, architecture and development.  The candidate should be currently leading a large development organization, focused on providing web-based enterprise applications. This individual will join an enthusiastic, fast-paced and dynamic team at Deloitte.  Sustained exceptional performance, innovation, creativity, insight, good judgment and sound leadership are daily requirements.

The Good
Deloitte is a big and successful company, and this is a pretty senior role managing over one hundred people on a global scale. 

The Bad
The location lists three potential locations, which implies that you’re competing not only with your fellow Torontonians, but New Yorkers and Chicagonians, so it may be that much harder to stand out for this position.

What’s Missing
The location is a big one; Deloitte has a lot of offices, even several in the GTA, and knowing where you’d be working might be important.   It would also be nice to understand what kind of projects the Global Office of Information Management does, for whom.  How many of these projects are going at once?  Does the work tend to get done all in one country, or are the teams split such that development happens offshore and the requirements, architecture and project management are done onshore?  Is there a consistent set of processes in use, or does it vary from project to project?

Your mileage may vary when it comes to distributed work, particulary with offshore development.  You’d need to talk to Deloitte to understand how they’re approaching this and whether or not it makes sense to you, but it might be a sticking point for some.   

And since the reference to the Microsoft development platform is buried a little in the posting, this might be another area where your mileage may vary.  It seems that most of the postings I’ve seen for Deloitte’s OIM  are Microsoft-platform based, so I’m assuming that’s their standard choice.

And finally, your mileage may vary when it comes to some of the higher-level management activities in this kind of role, like: financial/budgeting, resource supply/demand management, etc.  It comes with the territory, but not everyone is anxious to do it.

In Summary
This is most interesting if you’ve already got some senior management experience and a Microsoft technology background.

Deloitte: Senior Manager, Development

October 14, 2008

Deloitte is looking for a Senior Manager, Development:


Working as a member of the Global Office of Information Management, the Senior Manager, O2E Development will have responsibility for managing resources located in Canada, the United States and India, developing enterprise applications supporting the Opportunity to Engagement (O2E) Business Solution. 
The O2E Business Solution is responsible for developing global solutions supporting the Opportunity to Engagement business process.  Specifically, it includes the development of the global Data Warehouse, reporting and analytic Business Intelligence solutions, our global Customer Data Integration capability, and other integration initiatives that support the overall business process. 
The successful candidate will have a minimum of ten (10) years progressively senior experience in development management, architecture and development.  The candidate’s technical focus should be data integration, including ETL, SOA and other integration platforms.  The candidate would ideally also have experience leading web-based enterprise application development teams and application architects. 


The Good
It’s a senior role in a large, successful company.  My wife did work with Deloitte (in a non-technical role) and only had good things to say about them as an employer, from what she could see.  The role is reasonably well described and the information that’s there seems pretty reasonable.  For a manager position, that’s fairly rare.

It’s also a pretty senior and visible .NET position.  A lot of the .NET I see is pretty small-time; this is bigger than most.

The Bad
It’d be great to have more information on compensation, the process, the size of the team you’d be leading (and its distribution), what work you’d be doing (unless you already know the O2E process and the software that supports it), any unspecified goals or need for travel, etc.

Your mileage may vary in terms of taking on a new role in the credit crisis, particularly for a consultancy.  That said, I haven’t heard any bad news about Deloitte in particular. 

Your mileage may also vary with a hands-off role, and it sounds like this role is more of a manage-and-liase role than it is a code-and-test role.  Not surprising for a manager at Deloitte, but probably not everyone’s choice.

In Summary
This is most interesting if you’ve got a .NET background and you’re looking for a management position

Deloitte: Senior Manager J2EE/.Net Consulting

March 22, 2008

Deloitte is looking for a Senior Manager J2EE/.Net Consulting:

As a Senior Manager, the successful candidate will hold a key leadership position within our practice, responsible for leading large-scale technology projects. Our client’s technology environments are complex, therefore the candidate will need to bring experience in similarly complex environments and understand how to coordinate across many applications and teams as part of a single effort.

The Good
It’s a pretty senior role. I’m given to understand that Deloitte tends to be a decent employer, although that’s third-hand information at best.

They are certainly a large employer, with “6,800 talented people in 51 offices dedicated to helping our clients.” That might strike you as good or as bad, depending on your background and preference.

The Bad
It’s not clear to me how close Deloitte imagines a Senior Manager being to the implementation efforts. It’s difficult to manage a technology project if you’re disconnected from the implementation, unless you’ve already established a great working relationship with people who are part of the implementation effort, so depending on Deloitte’s culture around this, you could be getting set up for failure. That said, this is something you could ask them during the interview process, and change, if need be.

The travel requirements are unclear; it rates a mention, but no specifics. It’d be good to know more about the compensation. The reference to offshore development doesn’t score many points with me either.

It’s amusing to me to see paragraphs like this one:

Due to the ever-expanding inventory of IT systems within most large organizations, clients are increasingly looking for ways to leverage and expand existing systems while avoiding duplicate or “throw-away” solutions. Current vendor offerings are rising to this challenge by supporting functionality re-use through “Service Oriented” architectures (SOA) and technology standards.

You could replace ‘Service Oriented’ with ‘Object Oriented’ here and turn back the clock ten years and it’d be like you never left. Practically speaking, developing large systems is hard work, and the code isn’t always re-usable. Architecture can aid in this area, but ultimately, nothing as vague as a grand architectural style like OO or SOA will, in and of itself, promote re-use, and many of the people spending lots of money retooling their systems with SOA are simply repeating the same mistakes they made when they rebuilt their systems in object-oriented code.

But, hey, I know I’m in the minority here; vendors are good at making new things sound important in order to sell you the latest technology stack, and business gets up in arms, and of course, consulting organizations respond to that. It’s not Deloitte’s fault, they’re just filling a market need.

If you’re in, or would like to be in, a pure management role in a large organization, this could be an interesting opportunity.  If you’re looking to do some coding, or find a niche in a small company this clearly isn’t your bag.  Those of you in the middle might want to talk to Deloitte and see whether you feel there’s a fit.