Trends by Industry: Consumer Goods

Each year, Business Talent Group releases our High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy independent consultants, executives, experts, and project managers to complete critical work and meet their goals. Here are the top trends in how CPG industry leaders deployed these highly skilled talent in 2020.

Consumer goods companies need fast access to the skills that keep them ahead of the curve. Last year, supply chain and marketing topped the list of our most requested projects. This year, business process optimization has displaced them both—joining new categories like IT transformation and manufacturing excellence, where independents bring deep experience and cutting-edge expertise.


58% Strategy
30% Operations
8% Transformation
3% Interim Executive
1% Organization



Business Processes

Growth Strategy


Manufacturing Excellence

Marketing and Sales Strategy

IT and Tech Transformation

Opportunity Assessment

Supply Chain



Advanced Analytics

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy

Tech and Systems Implementation

Market Landscape

Strategic Planning

Growth Strategy

Project Management

Process Optimization and Transformation



  • Analyze product categories and develop an in-depth analytics dashboard to track competition continuously
  • Develop new processes to streamline and standardize visual merchandising
  • Define the total addressable market, competitive benchmarks, and five-year growth strategy
  • Place multiple interim plant managers to drive manufacturing excellence and team development
  • Define, oversee, and refine processes to support an ERP implementation
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