2024 Talent Trends: Financial Services

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 financial services trends for 2024.

Transformations permeate the financial services sector—with projects like IT and tech transformation and HR and culture transformation emerging as especially pivotal. Firms are striving to modernize operations, increase efficiency, and foster innovation, all while navigating regulatory changes, adjusting to major industry disruptions, and seizing growth opportunities. 

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Financial Services

2024 Financial Services Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart
32% Strategy
8% Operations
31% Transformation
4% Organization
25% Interim Leadership


Interim Leadership

Business Processes

IT and Tech Transformation

Business Intelligence and Analytics

HR and Culture Transformation


Financial Controls, Accounting, and Audit

Process Optimization and Transformation

Technology and Systems Implementation

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Modeling

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy


  • Serve as an interim Chief People Officer to oversee all HR functions of a business unit
  • Drive the strategic planning process to identify and capture growth opportunities in new markets 
  • Serve as an interim Risk and Control Officer to develop messaging, training, and guidance to support overall risk and control culture
  • Lead a large Workday transformation workstream
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