Trends by Function: Finance

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 2021.

Finance leaders spent much of last year dealing with the economic fallout of COVID-19. In 2021, they will resume the execution of long-term strategies for growth and profitability with the help of high-end independents skilled in FP&A, financial controls, business unit and pricing strategies, and process optimizations—as well as skilled interim hands at all levels of the function.


34% Strategy
34% Operations
22% Interim Executive
10% Transformation


Business Processes

Interim Leadership


Opportunity Assessment


Financial Planning, Analysis, and Modeling

Financial Controls, Accounting, and Audit

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy

Process Optimization and Transformation

Pricing Strategy

Program Management Office (PMO)


  • Evaluate and improve P&L reports and processes according to best-in-class practices
  • Serve as an interim operational leader and general manager for a joint venture
  • Develop a pricing strategy for SaaS products
  • Perform a portfolio analysis and identify the most promising opportunities for business transformations and investments in the next five years
  • Provide project management support for implementation of a new compliance strategy


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