Help Wanted: Forrester Research Seeks Head of Talent Acquisition

May 8, 2015 – Forrester Research, the global research and advisory consultancy based in Cambridge, MA, is seeking a head of global talent acquisition. The position will report to chief people officer Lucia Luce Quinn. The proprietary research, data, custom consulting and events firm needs someone to further develop the Forrester employment brand to attract high-caliber candidates across its business lines. The ultimate position-holder will direct 13 talent acquisition team members in Cambridge, London, and New Delhi.

As Hunt Scanlon reported last month, an endless array of companies currently seek top flight talent acquisition professionals to help them navigate the intricacies of managing large and complex recruitment mandates empowered by social media technologies.

“Like similar mandates we have studied here at Hunt Scanlon, this one is best served by a professional who has both search agency and corporate proficiencies,” said founding chairman Scott A. Scanlon.

Forrester Research is not alone in its hunt for seasoned talent professionals in and around the Boston area who can drive global business initiatives forward: Boston Scientific, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Accion, EMC, Everbridge, Sutherland Global Services, Health Leads, and Bentley University all have searches underway. But it is a nationwide phenomenon, according to Hunt Scanlon. “Each mandate has its own peculiarities,” said Mr. Scanlon. “But the commonality we see across all of these businesses is the relentless pursuit of talent – and expanding in-house talent teams to advance that chase.”

Commonalities aside, Mr. Scanlon said he often finds distinct job spec eccentricities – each one a strategically-placed lure to catch younger, more savvy candidates. At Forrester, he found a number of "cool perks" that await its incoming head of talent acquisition: endless cappuccino on tap, piano lessons on Fridays, a top-notch fitness center, and on-site massages.

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