2023 Talent Trends: Retail

April 5, 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 retail trends for 2023.

A metamorphosis of retail is underway as consumers redefine what, where, and why they buy. As retailers continue to focus on digital channels—including social and mobile commerce—they’re also tapping on-demand talent to improve the omnichannel customer experience, gain a better understanding of buyer analytics, and prepare for uncertainty by optimizing their supply chains, financial planning, and business processes.


2023 Retail Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart
17% Strategy
33% Operations
8% Transformation
42% Interim Leadership


Interim Leadership

Supply Chain

Marketing and Sales

Manufacturing Excellence

Mergers and Acquisitions

Growth Strategy

Business Processes

Business Intelligence and Analytics

IT and Tech Transformation


Supply Chain

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Modeling

Database Architecture and Data Management

Regulatory Strategy, Process & Submissions


  • Serve as an interim CIO to lead an IT transformation focused on omnichannel capabilities, data mining, automation, and Agile development
  • Determine optimal uptime targets for industrial assets and the preventative maintenance investment needed to meet them
  • Advise logistics and supply chain teams on trade compliance best practices
  • Validate and improve data infrastructure and build a framework for leveraging data
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