Career Opportunities

Stratfor is headquartered in Austin, Texas. In addition, we have relationships in geopolitically significant areas around the world. The only openings we have at this time are listed below; please follow the instructions to our applicant page online. We are unable to respond to individual questions regarding job opportunities due to the high volume of applications. We do not have any positions posted on Craigslist. If you have any questions about the authenticity of a job posting you find on an external site, please contact [email protected]. Thank you for your interest in working for Stratfor.

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Account Executive, Threat Lens

Stratfor is a geopolitical intelligence and advisory firm. We partner with clients to help identify opportunities, make strategic decisions, and manage risk. Stratfor’s advisory services clients are fund managers and senior executives of global multinational corporations, financial institutions, as well as government agencies and premier universities around the world.

Job Description:

The Account Executive is a sales-focused role, designed to develop and grow Stratfor’s business. The ThreatLens Account Executive will support corporate security executives and/or other security managers responsible for organizational security, protective intelligence management, along with global security and tactical security concerns. The Account Executive will work with Stratfor’s Enterprise Sales department leadership and business development team, along with Stratfor’s ThreatLens team, to identify and prioritize potential clients, develop engagement strategies, establish and develop relationships with key clients, develop a sales pipeline and translate developmental discussions about our offerings into increased revenues.

Responsibilities

  • Fully understanding the client’s key challenges, operational risk areas, and global security concerns and then translating and aligning Stratfor’s capabilities to create a strategy to help mitigate risk to the client.  
  • Focused on selling Stratfor’s high-value ThreatLens products and services, to include security risk assessments, global security monitoring, monitoring of protective intelligence threats, and tactical security support.
  • Maintaining ongoing awareness of Stratfor’s analytical coverage and forecasting to support related sales.
  • Maintaining the overall relationship with strategic key accounts. The Account Executive acts as the primary business contact for the client at the senior executive level.
  • Directly identifying and developing business opportunities with strategic key accounts; developing and sustaining a robust pipeline of deals and closes large, profitable, deals to achieve or exceed agreed sales targets.
  • Developing opportunities for other delivery channels including digital media, multi-client and presentation opportunities.
  • Responsible for the leadership, management, and performance of resources supporting the client pre-sales, proposal, and delivery stages.
  • Ability in negotiating non-standard terms and conditions as required for complex multi-functional intelligence engagements and leading contract negotiations with customers.
  • Ensuring Key Account Customer Satisfaction to develop future business opportunities and provides appropriate and timely feedback to internal delivery groups to enable them to react positively to customer issues and to enhance products and services for continuous improvement and maintaining market differentiation.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Candidate ideally would have 10+ years of experience in the corporate security and/or consulting industry and a proven track record of selling services, and engaging with senior executives on issues related to global security concerns, risk management, intelligence operations, military and/or law enforcement.
  • Must have strong executive presence, strong oral and written communication abilities and outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Possesses strong commercial skills, the ability to visualize, describe and structure deals, solid understanding of tactical and strategic security issues, risk management and global security operations.
  • Must be a self-starter who can manage their own time and work as a member of a local and virtual team.
  • Some work will require short turn-around times to support time-sensitive security concerns, while other work will have longer sale cycles, but the ability to develop relationships and leverage Stratfor’s content and expertise into saleable consulting services is critical.
  • An understanding of how corporate and other organizations’ security managers and analysts use strategic intelligence would be useful, as would any commercial experience, but these skills are less important than the ability to build strategic relationships.
  • Education must include a Bachelor’s degree at minimum.
  • Foreign language aptitude and travel experience is preferred.
  • Experience with intelligence operations is preferred.
  • Location in Austin, Texas is preferred.
  • This role may require 50%+ travel, depending on location.

Please submit your application to our applications page.


Graphic Designer

This position offers an opportunity to work in a highly collaborative environment at an Austin-based firm.

Your sophisticated sense of design, strong technical skills and ability to translate concepts into strong visual images will influence everything from marketing collateral to editorial design. You are entrepreneurially minded and want a role where you can directly contribute to the success of a company. You’re interested in news and current events. You’ve been in the world of graphic design for at least three years and are looking for a new challenge where you can really make a positive impact on a department and an organization as a whole.

 
Primary responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with analysts and researchers to identify visual opportunities and produce maps, charts and infographics.
  • Use your excellent typography skills and editorial sense to create documents for publication.
  • Work with our marketing department to produce collateral and email campaigns.
Required skills:
  • Ability to use visuals to convey information, not decoration.
  • The capacity to learn quickly and make graphics on very tight schedules
  • Expertise in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and other visualization tools
  • Confidence with HTML5, CSS3 and GIS preferred
  • Proficiency in Final Cut Pro X and Adobe After Effects a plus

Please submit your application to our applications page.


Quality Assurance Engineer

Austin-based global publishing company is currently seeking a Quality Assurance Engineer. The ideal candidate would have programming experience, with extensive web experience. The position will involve devising, developing, and maintaining a suite of automated Q.A. tests.

We offer an opportunity to work with smart people in a dynamic, yet well-established company. You'll work with the team to help publish the latest in geopolitical analysis and international intelligence. If you're interested in the exciting world of geopolitics, world events, or are a history buff, and have an interest in working with cutting edge web and open-source technologies then this is definitely the place to be.

Responsibilities:

  • Review web and mobile product requirement specifications and evaluate products to be tested
  • Develop comprehensive test plans and detailed test cases from existing documentation
  • Plan, conduct, monitor, document, and report on quality assurance testing
  • Identify defects and track resolutions
  • Compile release notes with each software deployment
  • Work with product team to develop features and functionality that foster a customer-centric culture
  • Estimate, prioritize, and coordinate testing activities
  • Design, develop, and execute scripts to automate testing

Skills we're seeking:

  • Experience writing Q.A. test plans
  • Experience developing Q.A. test scripts, including behavior driven development (BDD) style testing, functional testing, test harness setup, etc.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with web basics (HTML, Javascript, CSS)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively
  • Familiarity with basic scripting in languages such as PHP, Python, etc
  • Ability to work at a fast pace and learn new technologies quickly, with minimal direction
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills

Pluses:

Experience with cross-browser testing, responsive HTML email testing, Selenium, Behat, Mink, PHPUnit, PHP, Python, Javascript, React, Jasmine, Karma, Git, Apache, MySQL, Unix/Linux, Firebug, Drupal, and/or SauceLabs

Please submit your application to our applications page.

Analyst

Stratfor looks for high quality of mind in potential analysts. Philosophically, we are looking for candidates driven by their intellectual curiosity: we want people who would nerd out on the history, economics, language, politics and history of a particular area of the world just for fun. Practically, we are looking for candidates who demonstrate a willingness and ability to internalize and apply our geopolitical methodology to make sense of the world.

Candidates must demonstrate rigor and resourcefulness in their research. They must also possess the intellectual discipline to regularly challenge their own baseline assumptions without getting their feelings or pride hurt. We are not in the business of making policy prescriptions, and strong ideological points of view must be left at the door when working at Stratfor. Our mission is to be accurate in our forecasting. What differentiates our analytical work is the sober, nonpartisan approach we take to explaining the world and we expect candidates to reflect that core principle.

Job Responsibilities

Analysts are not only responsible for processing a large amount of information daily to stay on top of current events; a successful Stratfor analyst is able to step back from the noise, identify the key constraints to action and home in on the deeper trends in motion to develop long-term strategic forecasts. They must excel in using fragments of information and a geopolitical framework to build a coherent picture. While analysts have areas that they specialize in, our forecasts encompass political, economic, security and technological forces, requiring a well-rounded approach and the ability to absorb and transmit knowledge quickly. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, like to dig into a lot of issues at once, and are a pro at multitasking, this is a good place for you.

An analyst’s main output is in the form of written analysis for the company’s online publishing arm, as well as custom briefings for clients. Candidates must therefore demonstrate creativity and clarity in their thinking and writing. Stratfor’s engagement with clients and international media also necessitate a professional presence with excellent briefing and verbal communication skills.

Open Positions

All Analyst positions are based at the company headquarters in Austin, TX

In addition to the responsibilities listed above for all analyst candidates, we are seeking analysts who meets the following region-specific additional criteria:

Middle East and North Africa Analyst

  • Depth and breadth in the political, business, economic, security and social issues that shape the Middle East, from the Maghreb to the Gulf
  •  Deep and demonstrable knowledge of the history of the region
  •  An ability to cover the Middle East/North Africa as a whole, from both the strategic and tactical level
  •  A strong grasp of energy market dynamics and how energy politics shape the region
  •  Relevant experience in region and foreign language skills in Arabic, Turkish and/or Farsi a big plus

Latin America Analyst

  • Depth and breadth in the political, business, economic, security and social issues that shape Latin America, from Mexico down to the Southern Cone
  •  Deep and demonstrable knowledge of the history of the region
  •  An ability to cover Latin America as a whole, from the strategic to the tactical level
  •  An understanding of commodity and financial markets and how global economic dynamics shape and impact the region
  •  Relevant experience in region and foreign language skills in Spanish and Portuguese a big plus

Asia-Pacific Analyst

  • Depth and breadth in the political, business, economic, security and social issues that shape the Asia-Pacific region
  •  Deep and demonstrable knowledge of the history of the region
  •  An ability to cover the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, from the strategic to the tactical level
  •  A strong grasp of economics and ability to articulate how global and internal economic dynamics from currency markets to  and impact the region
  • Relevant experience in region and foreign language skills in Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian languages and Mandarin a big plus

Other Specializations

If you feel you are a strong analyst candidate for other regions and/or global themes (ie. Sci/Tech/Cyber Security/Global Energy), please send your resume to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line. Even if we do not have a position currently available, we are always looking for fresh talent and can get in touch when something opens up.

To apply

Please send a 1-2 page cover letter that tells us your story and why you would be a compelling fit for this position based on the criteria above. Please also include a concise writing sample on a topic relevant to Stratfor.