Trends by Function: Innovation and R&D

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 innovation and R&D trends for 2021.

The tumultuous year behind us required widespread innovation across every business function. In the wake of significant strategic shifts, innovation and R&D leaders are turning to independent talent for emerging high-tech and analytical skills, as well as skilled project management, to enable manufacturing excellence, optimize product portfolios, and lead new technology implementations.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Innovation and R&D

61% Strategy
30% Operations
7% Interim Executive
2% Transformation

 

MOST IN-DEMAND PROJECTS

Innovation and R&D

Business Intelligence and Analytics

Planning

Interim Leadership

Opportunity Assessment

Manufacturing Excellence

MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS

Project Management

Manufacturing Strategy

Portfolio Strategy

Tech and Systems Implementation

Innovation Strategy

Advanced Analytics

Data Science and Data Engineering

Strategic Planning

Market Access and Value

SAMPLE INNOVATION AND R&D PROJECTS

  • Project manage early clinical development teams to ensure execution against strategic plans and consistency with business processes
  • Develop dashboards and metrics in Power BI to enable progress reporting
  • Build out the strategy function and develop a capabilities roadmap and strategic framework for a 10-year plan
  • Assess opportunities for investment in VC funds backing advanced technologies within a targeted industry
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