Job Description

Fuel your intellectual curiosity and professional growth. Forrester is an ideas company, where smart, motivated, curious people bring a diversity of opinions and the courage of their convictions to collaborate on ideas that change the course of business. Most of all, bring a point of view; here, every voice has value. At Forrester, you’ll work with innovative clients at emerging and established brands; these are the business and technology leaders we inspire and who inspire us. The Forrester experience is built on a singular, powerful purpose: to challenge thinking and lead change.

About This Role:

The Principal Analyst conducts innovative research and delivers advice through written reports, advisory, client inquiries, webinars, and event speeches. As a part of Forrester’s CIO research team, the Principal Analyst will work with a team of analysts who research client initiatives related to all aspects of technology management.
The Principal Analyst serves CIO professionals as well as Forrester clients in other roles, including Enterprise Architecture Professionals, Security and Risk Management, CMOs, and Customer Experience Professionals. The analyst should have a strong understanding of digital transformation opportunities and challenges facing CIOs and their technology teams including knowledge of related technology trends like AI, blockchain and IoT. Experience across multiple industries — particularly financial services and government — is a plus. Finally, the analyst should have an appetite for conducting and writing research, be curious about new and emerging trends, and be comfortable guiding executives in their adoption of best practices.
The Principal Analyst works as part of a small high-performance team and collaborates with others in all aspects of the job. He or she is expected to:
+ Develop a deep understanding of what Forrester clients require to be successful as CIOs.
+ Help define the future of technology management, including how these roles can work with other key business functions and support organizational success.
+ Write four full research reports per year that convey technology innovation in a rich business context. These reports typically: 1) introduce new thinking about successful business and technology strategies; 2) present organizational and technology implementation plans; 3) compare new technologies or services (e.g., via a Forrester Wave™); or 4) predict emerging business opportunities.
+ Write at least 4 short research briefs per year on industry events, predictions, and/or competitive market dynamics.
+ Consult with clients to apply Forrester’s research in the context of their specific business environment and help solve their problems through inquiry and advisory.
+ Present at Forrester-sponsored and industry events and deliver client webinars.
+ Establish an industry presence as an influential speaker and thinker and build relationships with CIOs, the technology vendors that serve them, and the journalists who cover the sector.
+ Participate in vendor briefings and field press inquiries.
Forrester is looking for people who are inspired and inspiring. Our product is our intellectual capital, so we welcome and reward intellectual excellence, curiosity, and sophisticated thinking and look for:
+ Proven experience in technology management leadership; candidates typically have formulated strategy or provided consultative advice to senior business professionals.
+ A strong record of academic achievement: B.A. or B.S. minimum; MBA or M.S. preferred.
+ Deep intellectual curiosity about the effect of technology on the business landscape; solid business instincts; a practical understanding of how CIOs operate; a creative view of markets, technologies, and attitudes; and a fascination with the future.
+ Superior listening, critical thinking, and writing skills, as well as memorable presentation skills.
+ Senior analysts are expected to take complex, disparate ideas and distill them into simple, provocative concepts — and be willing to take a stand on vendors and outcomes.
+ The ability to travel 30% to 50% of the time.
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