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Forrester VP, Research Director in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Fuel your intellectual curiosity and professional growth. Forrester is an idea 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 VP, Research Director will help define Forrester’s security and risk (S&R) research and commercial strategy and achieve its growth objectives. This person’s responsibilities will focus on helping define and drive an innovative and actionable research and advisory agenda that addresses the strategic needs of our target S&R clients, with specific emphasis on areas like risk management; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); security policy; security standards, controls, and regulations; the CISO role; and building an effective security and risk organization.

The VP, Research Director will lead a worldwide research team of eight or more people and must be able to partner effectively with both seasoned and new analysts. He or she must be passionate about helping individuals achieve their full potential as strategic thinkers, writers, and advisors to our clients.

This is a multidimensional role with responsibilities that include:

  • Engaging as a thought partner with the research team to refine and expand the existing research agenda.

  • Editing syndicated research reports and ensuring the quality of our intellectual property.

  • Serving as a mentor and coach to members of the team in support of their professional development goals.

  • Ensuring the achievement of team performance goals such as research production, client inquiry, sales support, the presentation of event keynote and track sessions, and consulting revenue.

  • Identifying and formulating innovative approaches to helping clients succeed.

  • Communicating the value of Forrester as a whole (not just our research) to current and prospective clients.

  • Partnering with account teams to identify and pursue business opportunities.

  • Participating in Forrester-sponsored and other events to drive awareness of Forrester’s ideas and offerings for security and risk clients.

  • Contributing to the growth of the Forrester Leadership Boards business by partnering with Forrester’s advisors to work with our member clients.

Forrester is looking for people who are inspired and inspiring. Our product is our intellectual property, so we welcome and reward intellectual excellence, curiosity, and sophisticated thinking and look for:

  • At least 10 years of experience as a research analyst, industry practitioner, product manager/marketer, or consultant in the security and risk arena.

  • Those 10 years of experience should include two or more of the following specific areas: a) risk management; b) governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); c) security policy; d) security standards, controls, and regulations; e) the CISO role; and f) building an effective security and risk organization.

  • Demonstrated ability to act as a consultant and trusted advisor to senior management and C-level clients.

  • Knowledge of CISO-level issues and challenges.

  • A strong record of academic and commercial achievement.

  • Superior analytical, writing, and presentation skills.

  • The ability to travel 25% of the time or more.

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Forrester Research, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, genetic information, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. Minorities, Women, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

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