Trends by Function: Finance

Each year, Business Talent Group releases our High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy independent consultants, executives, experts, and project managers to complete critical work and meet their goals. Here are the top trends in how finance leaders deployed these highly skilled talent in 2020.

The modern finance function has a massive scope—and it’s only getting bigger. Independents are helping with all of it, working on projects that range from core priorities like budgeting to big-picture items like organizational transformation. CFOs are also the most-requested type of interim executive.


50% Strategy
31% Operations
13% Interim Executive
6% Transformation


Business Processes


Growth Strategy

Interim Executive


Innovation and R&D

Service Operations



Growth Strategy

Strategic Planning

Process Optimization and Transformation

Shared Services

Sourcing and Procurement



  • Overhaul and improve the usability of an outdated budgeting tool used by franchisees
  • Analyze data to create a compelling strategic plan presentation for executive leadership
  • Serve as interim CFO for a new subsidiary
  • Develop appropriate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) across back-office functions
  • Establish a shared services Center of Excellence within the R&D finance organization


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