Trends by Industry: Industrial Goods and Services

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 goods trends for 2021.

Facing a shortage of skilled talent, industrial companies have found help in the independent market. Opportunity assessment, for the third year, leads the pack for most requested project type. New on this year’s agenda: planning, manufacturing excellence, and human capital aimed at identifying new markets and innovations, building operational resilience, and enabling workforce agility and safety.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Industrial Goods

57% Strategy
20% Operations
11% Organization
6% Transformation
6% Interim Executive

 

MOST IN-DEMAND PROJECTS

Opportunity Assessment

Planning

Manufacturing Excellence

Human Capital

Business Processes

Interim Leadership

M&A

Product Strategy and Launch

Growth Strategy

Marketing and Sales

MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS

Market Landscape and Research

Project Management

Organizational Design and Workforce Planning

Business Plan Development

Communications

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy

Compensation Strategy

Process Optimization and Transformation

Portfolio Strategy

Advanced Analytics

SAMPLE INDUSTRIAL GOODS PROJECTS

  • Conduct market and competitive situational assessment and recommend strategic options in an adjacent industry
  • Develop an integrated economic value model for a major organizational transformation
  • Serve as an interim Business Development Director to drive current opportunities and build a world class business development and capital projects function
  • Analyze the current plant network strategy and provide recommendation to reduce costs and increase utilization

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