Michelle Butler

Vice President - Delivery, Capgemini, Sydney, Australia

I work with great people from around the globe that I can reach out to for input, guidance and feedback - who support me and who I in turn can support. I have had the freedom to pursue my passion and to have the recognition which is really rewarding. I work with teams who challenge me to bring my best every day and from whom I learn every day. It's humbling and rewarding.

What drew you to a career at Capgemini originally and how has the company changed since?

I originally joined Capgemini UK in 2001 and moved to Australia in 2015. I was drawn to the company because of it’s reputation in the marketplace, the strength of it’s offerings, and the perceived corporate culture. I didn’t know it at the time, but the corporate values have been with the company since it’s inception and still hold true today. This hasn’t changed and is at the heart of the organisation. Capgemini has evolved over the years to respond to the marketplace and to evolving trends in the industry. We are now well positioned to be the Leaders of Leaders.

What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?

I don’t think there’s a typical day for me which is what I love about my work. I can spend the day with a client solutioning a future project / program, working with a team to decide how to shape our delivery, negotiating a contract, delivering training for Engagement Managers, and coaching an Engagement Manager. It’s the variety that makes it interesting, coupled with working with great people.

Tell us about your work life harmony at Capgemini?

Work life harmony means different things to different people. I travel with my role which can make creating work life harmony a challenge. We’ve managed this through flexibility and remote working where possible. I’ve also created balance by exploring the places that I get to travel to – taking advantage of being in another location. Sometimes we need to think laterally to create the balance that’s right for each of us.

Describe your current role at Capgemini

I’m the Delivery Lead for one of our strategic accounts in Australia – and am accountable for all of Capgemini’s delivery. I work with the Account’s leadership team to ensure we’re responding to the client priorities. I lead our Delivery teams to ensure we understand what we need to deliver; are executing on our delivery, and are set up for success.

How would you describe the culture at Capgemini?

Open is the first word that comes to mind. The organisation is open to hearing new ideas, supporting those that align with our business strategy and those that create a better and stronger working environment, and then setting out to make the ideas work.

What has been the most empowering moment in your Capgemini career journey?

The most empowering moment has to be when Olaf, our CEO, asked me to be the Delivery Executive for one of our Strategic Accounts. I knew I had his support, as well as the support of the account team, to lead our delivery which would underpin our relationship with the client and grow the account – to make the decisions that would have impact on our future with this client.

What are you passionate about in your role?

I’m really passionate about securing outcomes with clients and creating environments where teams can be successful in delivering on our commitments. I’m equally passionate about creating opportunities for the next generation Engagement Managers and coaching them to success. Finally, as a female leader within a technology company, I’m passionate about opening doors and supporting our next generation of women in leadership roles.

How does Capgemini help support your sense of purpose in your career?

This comes from seeing the growth in our engagement management community – training and coaching the next generation. I’ve been given the freedom to pursue this through contributions to learning and development coupled with coaching and mentoring relationships.

What have you gained from working at Capgemini from a career perspective?

I work with great people from around the globe that I can reach out to for input, guidance and feedback – who support me and who I in turn can support. I have had the freedom to pursue my passion and to have the recognition which is really rewarding. I work with teams who challenge me to bring my best every day and from whom I learn every day. It’s humbling and rewarding.

What are 3 words you’d use to describe Capgemini as an employer?

Fair, Fun, Energising

How has Capgemini’s global approach to diversity helped you in your career so far?

Capgemini’s approach to diversity for me is about ensuring we all have the opportunity to shine and do what we do best. It’s about ensuring that we have doors that are open for all to have the opportunity to walk through. To that end, I’ve definitely been supported – I’m a female leader in an industry that is still predominately male dominated.

Michelle Butler