2024 Talent Trends: Industrial

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 industrial trends for 2024.

Industrial leaders are facing several challenges this year, including continued supply chain disruptions, new tech adoption, a focus on sustainability, and pressure to innovate. As such, they are engaging on-demand talent to infuse their organizations with new expertise, adaptability, and flexibility to navigate the future.


2024 Industrial Goods Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart
34% Strategy
13% Operations
17% Transformation
5% Organization
31% Interim Leadership


Interim Leadership

Marketing and Sales

Business Processes

Manufacturing Excellence

IT and Tech Transformation


Financial Controls, Accounting, and Audit

Market Landscape and Research

Manufacturing Strategy 

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Modeling

Due Diligence


  • Serve as an interim plant manager during a turnaround
  • Improve cash flow forecasting and modeling and liquidity management and define the treasury function for the go-forward state
  • Evaluate market sizing, cost to enter, and revenue potential to validate a market entry
  • Support the ground-up development process for a new manufacturing facility to accommodate future growth
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