It may sound exotic to have a futurist on your team or as a consultant. But they exist in many multinational companies and help the company keep ahead of the competition and changing trends.
Below is an example of some of the major companies, from Toyota to Disney, that have posted positions for foresight strategists. A small excerpt of the job descriptions are provided to give you a peak on the roles and responsibilities foresight strategists (futurists) may have.
As a Senior Foresight Consultant you will play an integral part in the delivery of foresight products and services to internal based in London and report to the Global Foresight Manager. You will lead the design and delivery of projects, develop relationships, and facilitate high level stakeholder workshops and engagements.
The role will require a good understanding of the trends and issues shaping the future of the built environment as well businesses. We expect you to work closely with Service-, Business- and Skill Leaders, incorporating their awareness, priorities into your work. You are expected to build and manage external relationship and deliver foresight consulting of sectors
Toyota’s Corporate Strategy & Planning, Business Insights team is looking for a passionate and highly motivated Foresight and Trends Senior Analyst.
The primary responsibility of this role is identifying, tracking, and analyzing societal and consumer trends, consulting and collaborating with client groups on business implications.
Reporting to the Business Environment Manager, the person in this role will support Business Insights objective to drive strategic thinking, innovation, and confident decisionmaking within the organization.
We are seeking a Consumer Foresight Sr. Analyst to support the team
focused on providing breakthrough consumer insights and thought
leadership to the enterprise on the consumer of today and tomorrow.
These insights will be identified through always-on scanning of secondary studies on shifting consumer values, marketplace signals, and behavioral trends to drive a deep understanding of potentially disruptive forces that will help identify opportunities, mitigate risks, and shape our future strategies.
For this position we are looking for experienced individual contributors who will help elevate the practice of research with creative but rigorous research and foresight methods. The right candidates will be strong communicators, knowledgeable about product design, passionate about understanding people, curious about the relationship between technology and society, comfortable in a flat, fast moving organization, and a great collaborator. This role will play an integral part in the growth of the business, bridging the divide between insight, foresight, and action.
The Futures Office will design and conduct a horizon-scanning process to make sense of the different forces at play. The Office will also design and produce scenarios that will serve as sandboxes in which the NUS leadership can test its long-term strategies. We are hiring the “charter members” of this new Office that will establish the processes, structures and culture of futures thinking work within NUS. The Futures Office will not only serve the University leadership and the larger NUS family, but will serve as a centre of excellence for futures-thinking concepts and practices