Trends by Industry: Financial Services

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 financial services trends for 2021.

Financial services executives—tasked with a mandate to become agile and resilient—are embracing new fast and flexible talent models. They are seeking expertise in M&A, market analysis and product strategy, digitization, and operations from the independent market to power transformations and organizational clarity.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Financial Services

57% Strategy
19% Operations
10% Interim Executive
8% Transformation
6% Organization




Interim Leadership

Product Strategy and Launch

Business Processes

Opportunity Assessment

Digital Strategy

Growth Strategy

Business Intelligence and Analytics

IT and Tech Transformation

Marketing and Sales


Market Landscape and Research

Organizational Design and Workforce Planning

Due Diligence

Process Optimization and Transformation

Advanced Analytics

Product Launch

Program Management Office (PMO)

Digital Marketing



  • Integrate transition service agreements as a project manager supporting the M&A team
  • Serve as an interim CFO with asset management expertise
  • Lead opportunity assessment, positioning, proof of concept, and client interviews for an investment product launch
  • Build reporting and analytics capabilities to track key KPIs
  • Drive customer acquisition experimentation and innovation
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