2023 Talent Trends: Finance

April 4, 2023

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 2023.

The role of the finance function is expanding as companies seek its leadership on top priorities such as business resilience, risk management, sustainability, and aligning spend to growth amid challenging financial conditions. On-demand talent are providing key support on process optimization and cost reduction efforts, advancing business intelligence and analytics, and stepping into interim leadership roles from the CFO to Controller to heads of FP&A and treasury.


2022 Finance Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart
27% Strategy
32% Operations
10% Transformation
3% Organization
28% Interim Leadership


Interim Leadership

Business Processes


Business Intelligence and Analytics

Growth Strategy

Post-Merger Integration


Financial Controls, Accounting, and Audit

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Modeling

Post-Merger Integration

Cost Reduction

Coaching, Training, and Leadership Development



  • Serve as an interim Director of FP&A to lead and coach a team of financial analysts
  • Serve as an interim Controller to manage budgeting, payables, cash management, performance reports, monthly close, and reporting during a permanent search
  • Assess digital product portfolio and outline guidelines for growth
  • Develop a plan to capture the value of a cost optimization program
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