Senior Advisor, Foresight for North America

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Senior Advisor, Foresight for North America | Business Finland | Palo Alto, CA


Finland is one of the most innovative, best-educated countries in the world, and named the happiest country in the world for the third time in a row. The United States and Finland have a long history of a cooperation in the fields of science, technology, and innovation with the U.S. being one of the most important trading partners for Finland.

Business Finland is a global leader in international trade promotion, investment, export, tourism, and innovation. With more than 600 experts working in 55 offices in 35 countries, we are a catalyst for corporate and economic growth. 

Business Finland generates growth and wellbeing by helping companies to grow faster, go global and develop innovations. At the same time, we create dynamic innovation environments that attract international companies, know-how and investments to Finland.  Our top experts and the latest research data enable companies to seize market opportunities and turn them into success stories.

If you are looking for world-class opportunities with stimulating challenges, join us in creating new success stories and shaping the future of international business.




We are looking for a Senior Advisor to join our Global foresight team as the USA expert.

Location of the position is Silicon Valley, Palo Alto.

In this role, you will be part of our Internationalization Services organization and reporting to Director General’s Office Global Insight unit.

Internationalization Services organization is responsible for providing and creating services for Finnish companies looking to grow international, and finding business opportunities around the world. Global Insight Unit is responsible for foresight, business and market intelligence functions.

Ms. Irma Patala, Senior Director, Global Insight and Ms. Mailiina Turanlahti, Senior Director, Head of Region North America, describe your responsibility area as follows:


You will get an opportunity to work in a fast moving and truly global organization. Along the way, you will meet colleagues and partners from all over the world from many different industries, companies and organizations. You will be a part of the global Foresight Team, contributing to global foresight creation and development of our foresight practices. We contribute to Business Finland strategy and thematic area development as well as customer work. We recognize market and industry change phenomena from weak signals to radical changes and their impact on Finnish economy, specific industries and companies. Our work requires close cooperation with the global Team Finland network as well as with internal stakeholders at Business Finland. Actionable insights is our mission- we create impact through collaboration, enabling our customers form their own perspective and blueprint for action.

You will be responsible for:

  • Insight creation on key change phenomena having impact on the Finnish economy and businesses
  • Dissemination and exploitation of foresight results internally and to Business Finland stakeholders and clients
  • Embedding foresight into Business Finland strategy, thematic and program work (key trends, change phenomena, weak signals)
  • Foresight collaboration with partners, stakeholders and our clients
  • Annual planning and delivery of Future Watch reports, coordinating research with relevant partners
  • Networking with relevant thought leaders, experts and partners
  • Participates in Nordic Innovation House collaboration with both Business Finland and Nordic Colleagues


You are a persistent person who thinks big, gets excited, and shows passion. You are target oriented and experienced team worker, who believes in co-operation and networking. For you, outstanding networking skills mean being a bridge builder: ability to achieve trust, listen and understand others, and build lasting relations. You own an attitude of continuous self-improvement, always looking to improve your skills and widen knowledge. You are able to commit resources to reach challenging targets, enabling continuous development and creating new, fresh perspectives through cooperation. You proactively share information with colleagues near and far. You thrive on challenge and are not afraid of tackling problems, ranging from strategic to very hands-on issues.

You master the foresight methods, frameworks and tools. You are also confident working with scenarios and strategy processes, as well as participatory research methods. You have several years’ experience in market and business analysis in international environment. You are skilled in communicating fluently and persuasively your findings to key stakeholders, influencers, partners and customers to create impact. You are an experienced facilitator, whose workshops are considered as insightful and thought provoking, participative and action driven. International research and foresight partners recognize you as a good collaborator and an influencer.

The job requires fluency in English. Fluency in Finnish and is considered as an advantage, as you will be interacting with Finnish companies.


Business Finland provides an overview of the business environment in Finland, and the entire world. Together we help Finnish companies go international and enhance the attractiveness of the Finnish competitive environment. Our actions have significant impact on the future of Finland. Being a part of our international and multicultural work environment, you will learn about a great variety of industries. As a versatile organization, we can develop your role and support you in fulfilling your career aspirations.


This is a position with a local, US employment contract. Please note that there is no visa sponsorship available.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact the hiring managers Head of Region, Ms. Mailiina Turanlahti via e-mail: and/or Senior Director, Global Insight, Ms. Irma Patala via e-mail:

If you match the characteristics described above and have a proven record of accomplishment, you might be the person we are looking for. Please send your Resume and Application letter in English by the end of the day, August 16, 2020 (PDT), using the attached link. Remember to attach the documents before clicking “Submit”.


As required by Finnish law, we will conduct a security clearance on the successful candidate with his/her consent in accordance with the Security Clearance Act 726/2014 of Finland. For more information on security clearance procedure and individual’s rights, please visit


Business Finland is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to 

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