Trends by Function: Procurement

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 procurement trends for 2021.

In many organizations, procurement leaders not only manage their own independent talent engagements, but also those of other functions throughout the business. In addition to building enterprise-wide on-demand talent programs, procurement leaders are also tapping independent expertise in their strategic planning exercises, supply chain initiatives, process transformations, and change management efforts.


47% Strategy
28% Operations
12% Transformation
11% Organization
2% Interim Executive




Supply Chain

Opportunity Assessment

Business Processes

Change Management


Project Management

Sourcing and Procurement

Market Landscape and Research

Regulatory Strategy, Process, and Submissions

Process Optimization and Transformation

Change Management


  • Audit suppliers to identify gaps and recommend corrective action in line with the Responsible Business Alliance framework
  • Analyze opportunities to leverage automation and digitalization in procurement strategies
  • Build a bench of flexible project management resources to fill gaps in process optimization, change management, and data analysis workstreams
  • Plan and lead organizational change management and communications activities for a new enterprise procurement system implementation
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