2024 Talent Trends: Finance

April 9, 2024

Each year, Business Talent Group releases the High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy top independent talent to fill critical skill, expertise, and leadership gaps. Here are the key finance trends for 2024.

This year is marked by a boom in interim leadership needs in finance to fill roles from the CFO to Controller to heads of accounting and FP&A. As the office of the CFO becomes more complex and multi-faceted, executives are calling on independent talent to provide business intelligence and opportunity assessments, as well as core finance skills to supplement existing teams.


2024 Finance Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart
23% Strategy
15% Operations
15% Transformation
4% Organization
43% Interim Leadership


Interim Leadership

Business Processes

Business Intelligence and Analytics

Opportunity Assessment 

Product Strategy and Launch


Financial Controls, Accounting, and Audit

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Modeling

Coaching, Training, and Leadership Development


Growth Strategy


  • Serve as an interim Controller to support the finance and operations teams
  • Design and implement future-state financial reporting and forecasting systems
  • Serve as an interim Head of FP&A to manage global strategic finance initiatives
  • Evaluate various compensation and benefit scenarios to empower leaders with better decision-making tools
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