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Business Value Architect



Itasca, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2024

Company Description

IFS is a billion-dollar revenue company with 5000+ employees on all continents. We deliver award winning enterprise software solutions through the use of embedded digital innovation and a single cloud-based platform to help businesses be their best when it really matters–at the Moment of Service™.

At IFS, we're flexible, we're innovative, and we're focused not only on how we can engage with our customers but on how we can make a real change and have a worldwide impact. We help solve some of society's greatest challenges, fostering a better future through our agility, collaboration, and trust.

We celebrate diversity and accept that there are so many different perspectives in this world. As a truly international company serving people from around the globe, we realize that our success is tantamount to the respect we have for those different points of view.

By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to be part of a global, diverse environment; you will be joining a winning team with a commitment to sustainability; and a company where we get things done so that you can make a positive impact on the world.

We're looking for innovative and original thinkers to work in an environment where you can #MakeYourMoment so that we can help others make theirs.

If you want to change the status quo, we'll help you make your moment. Join Team Purple. Join IFS.

Job Description

The purpose of this position is to actively support the IFS Americas regional sales process by creatively engaging with prospects, identifying the value of the solution being offered and developing an outcome-based implementation plan to support the generation of significant sales revenue and gross revenue of IFS, The Business Value Architect works together with Business Solution Consultants (Presales) and Regional Account Managers (Sales) to understand a prospect’s business needs, the solution being offered, how to quantitatively and qualitatively demonstrate the value of the solution to the prospect and generate an outcome-based implementation proposal.

General responsibilities include assisting with the response to Request for Proposals (RFPs), developing and presenting the value of the application software solutions offered in the context of the needs of the prospect, convey how the solution will benefit and provide significant value to the prospect through the implementation proposal.

Key Objectives (General)

As an IFS Business Value Architect, you, together with the Business Solution Consultants, play a vital role in generating significant sales revenue and gross margin for IFS. A Business Value Architect is a professional representative of IFS. He/she is expected to be knowledgeable in IFS Applications and in the use of IFS Applications at targeted prospects and customers.

It is expected that employees equitably conduct their activities according to IFSNA Code of Conduct, IFS Philosophy and Policy as enunciated by the executive team and the President from time to time.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct prospect surveys with the sales team, to identify customer and prospect’s key business issues and benefit opportunities.

  • Work with the Business Solution Consulting (BSC) team to develop business value-focused demonstrations aligned with customer’s/prospects key business initiatives.

  • Assess the degree of fit, especially in terms of implementation requirements, and relate key business issues to IFS functionality.

  • Prepare and present compelling implementation strategies and quotes, positioning IFS as the low total-cost solution driving the most business value.

  • Be prepared to create a high-level customer-facing business case that is based on limited customer or industry information in an expedited accurate & concise manner with little guidance or assistance.

  • Assist in setting good customer expectations.

  • Position Business Value Assessments with prospects/customers to different IFS’s Outcome-Based Implementation Methodology

  • Lead Business Value Assessments with the assistance of IFS RAM’s and BSCs to develop an Outcome-Based Implementation Plan

  • Ensure that a business case or strawman business case is created where possible (Value Engineering)

  • Assist the Sales Cycle in developing Sales Strategies.

  • Perform presentations to existing customers for add-on license sales, upgrades or Maintenance Plan retention focusing on the target business benefit the customer could receive.

  • Participate with the rest of the organization by playing a vital role in generating significant sales revenue for IFS.

  • Provide coordination with and facilitation with NA services sales support.

  • Assist in mentoring other Business Value (Services) Architects in areas of expertise.

  • Participate in establishing and developing partnerships, in the area of implementation, 3rd party value-added product partners, and integrators.

  • Positioning IFS Business Partners in relationship to prospects and customers.

  • Significant traveling may be required.


  • Excellent knowledge of enterprise business software architectures, deployment models, and technical platforms

  • Familiarity with ERP, EAM, and Field Service solutions

  • Good working knowledge of industry requirements, norms, and general expectations related to ERP / Enterprise Asset Management/ Field Service solutions.

  • Strong working knowledge of, and experience with, sales and software demonstration processes and protocols

  • The ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner with the entire sales team including the business value team.

  • The ability and desire to learn a new software application for building business value cases would be greatly appreciated.

  • The ability to present before a group, in a comfortable manner, and sometimes under pressure.

  • Able to work in a dynamic environment, with frequent schedule and requirement changes.

  • Bias toward being proactive rather than reactive.

  • BA/BS and/or equivalent experience is required; a master’s in business administration with a Finance focus would be beneficial.

  • 10 years of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Application Software experience is required.

  • 5 years of pre-sales experience is required; additional pre-sales ERP demo experience would be highly valued.

  • Minimum of 1 year of IFS Application experience is required, 5 years’ experience preferred.

Additional Information

We are an EOE M/F/Disabled/Vet VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We are a Drug-Free Workplace. Interested candidates should apply at: www.ifs.com/about/careers-at-ifs

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. VEVRAA Federal Contractor, Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. VEVRAA Federal Contractor, Equal Opportunity Employer