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About This Role:
Forrester’s Senior Analysts for Data Trust conduct innovative research and deliver advice through written reports, consulting, client inquiries, and speeches. As a member of Forrester’s Business Insights team, they serve data leaders, such as chief data officers; VPs; and directors of data management, data governance, and data operations responsible for the success of their firms’ data strategies. This role covers specific technology and services categories, including data quality (DQ), master data management (MDM), and data governance and stewardship. You will write for, present to, and advise data professionals on best practices, tools, and technologies that support effective data management efforts around data trust, including data management and data governance organizational structure, roles and skills, and processes.
The successful candidate will join two other US-based analysts as well as an analyst in Europe and one in Asia Pacific to cover the most critical data management technologies, focusing on data trust, data quality, and master data management technologies for data leaders looking to make their organization more insights-driven.
- Develop a deep understanding of the capabilities and resources Forrester clients require to be successful data trust professionals, specifically for professionals in charge of data governance and investment decisions about data technologies.
- Conduct primary research into key role aspects of data trust professionals, including the relevant technology landscape and the application of those technologies to business needs regarding data quality and data trust.
- Predict the future role of insights from trustworthy data analytics as an enabler for business innovation.
- Write research documents for three or four major streams of research per year that convey new ideas; research will be a combination of long-form and short-form reports that present the research from these streams — examples of streams would be master data management, data quality, and data governance; use social media to develop visibility for your research and Forrester; and present webinars on these topics to Forrester client communities.
- Collaborate with experts in different focus areas from across Forrester’s roles and geographic teams to develop a complete context for these trends, both providing input to their research reports and writing reports incorporating their expertise to provide a big-picture view.
- 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-related events and deliver client webinars.
- Establish an industry presence as an influential speaker and thinker; build relationships with senior data management professionals as well as with the technology vendors that serve them and the journalists who cover the area; and participate in vendor briefings and field press inquiries as necessary.
- Support team members in research collaboration, idea development, and higher-order strategic thinking.
- Support sales in client development discussions.
- A BA or BS degree at minimum and a strong academic record; an MBA or MS is preferred.
- Five to seven years’ practical experience with data management technology and data operations from the end-user side, a technology vendor perspective, or both; candidates typically have formulated data trust technology strategies and implemented or guided clients in implementing new processes and technologies.
- A profound sense of collaboration to work in an integrated team that supports all members.
- Deep intellectual curiosity about the effect of technology on business innovation and how data professionals can enable insights that impact the business; solid business instincts and a practical understanding of what makes companies tick and how data professionals operate; and a creative view of markets, technologies, and attitudes combined with a fascination with the future.
- Superior listening, critical thinking, writing, as well as memorable presentation skills. Analysts are expected to take complex, disparate ideas (the big answers almost never come from one source) 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 (during normal non-pandemic times).
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