2023 Talent Trends: Financial Services

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 financial services trends for 2023.

Fueled by uncertainty and rapidly changing market conditions, financial services firms are focused on transforming all aspects of the business—whether they're navigating a complex regulatory environment, providing more personalized service offerings, or boosting organizational effectiveness. With the help of highly skilled on-demand talent, companies are investing in sophisticated product strategies, risk management, process optimization, and IT and tech transformation to stay competitive.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Financial Services

2023 Financial Services Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart
26% Strategy
15% Operations
21% Transformation
19% Organization
19% Interim Leadership


Interim Leadership

Business Processes

Human Capital

IT and Tech Transformation

Organizational Effectiveness


Product Strategy and Launch

HR and Culture Transformation

Growth Strategy


Compensation Strategy

Technology and Systems Implementation

Organizational Design and Workforce Planning

Process Optimization and Transformation

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy

Operational Excellence

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Modeling

Product Development

Financial Controls, Accounting, and Audit


  • Serve as an interim CTO to lead the development of a high-frequency trading platform
  • Build scalable human resources practices and human capital strategies from the ground up
  • Develop and manage change management processes and comms for a newly established Global Business Services (GBS) group
  • Drive pre-launch customer analyses and marketing activities for a new product
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