Foresight Strategist

Toronto, Ontario, ca
Company: Cognizant
Published on 2021-04-20 14:24:44

Foresight Strategist 

The Global Strategy team at Idea Couture is a carefully-assembled group of individuals from a wide range of educational backgrounds, international settings, and professional experiences. We share a knack for looking at familiar problems through a unique lens, and a passion for driving market growth through innovation, technology, and design. 

You’ll be helping client organizations to understand, plan for, and act on emerging trends in technology, culture, economics, and politics. Today, strategic foresight plays a pivotal role in shaping longer-term strategy, sustainable growth efforts and the competitive preparedness of organizations. Our team works with senior leadership from organizations across the globe to execute on highly impactful applied foresight briefs. From culture and capacity building to building platforms for growth, we are in the boardroom and on the front lines effecting change. 

By joining our effort, you’ll be driven to think strategically, collaborate cross-functionally, produce high quality deliverables, grow client relationships, and continuously build and elevate our practice. Along with a strong agency background and keen analytical skills, you’ll have the ability to think creatively and strategically, pushing conventional boundaries when it comes to all aspects of the job. 


  • Lead large and complex project engagements for Fortune 500 clients across a range of industries and project types. 

  • Design and execute foresight research, synthesis and analysis activities to create provocative and strategic POVs for clients.

  • Work with cross-functional teams (strategy, insights, design, technology) to deliver on a variety of projects translating futures thinking into business reality. 

  • Design and facilitate successful and engaging presentations and workshops for senior executive level clients. 

  • Support project design across a range of project types and own the end-to-end creation of winning proposals. 

  • Drive thought leadership in at least one core industry or practice discipline.

  • Other duties as required. 

  • Required Skills / Experience 

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in strategic foresight, innovation strategy, design, or a related field.

  • 3-5 years experience in agency/consulting or client side.

  • Expert fluency in strategic foresight methods and applications (i.e. scenario development, drivers analysis, critical uncertainties, windtunneling).

  • Digital agency and/or UX design experience is considered a strong asset.

  • Proven ability to critique, analyze and elevate strategies and ideas. 

  • Expert understanding of cross-functional resources and working effectively in teams. 

  • Strong client management and relationship-building skills.

  • Diverse strategic skill set spanning industry categories.

  • Broad strategy and/or design experience spanning products, services, processes, and systems.

  • Proficient in creating experience maps, ecosystem maps, user journeys, service blueprints and rapid prototyping methods. 

  • Conversant in the principles and practices of user-centered design. 

  • A passion for innovation, design and technology. 

  • We are especially interested in those with backgrounds and/or experience in one of the following: 

  • Digital Products/Services (UI/UX, Design, Consumer Electronics, IoT, Mobile/Web, etc.) 

  • Consumer Packaged Goods and/or Retail 

  • Financial Services (Insurance, Banking) 

  • Healthcare (Pharma, Market Research, Digital, Agency, etc) 

  • Employee Status : Full Time Employee

    Shift : Day Job

    Travel : No

    Job Posting : Feb 25 2021

    About Cognizant

    Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 194 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at or follow us @Cognizant.

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