2023 Talent Trends: Business and Corporate Development

April 4, 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 business and corporate development trends for 2023.

In 2023, business and corporate development leaders are navigating the constantly evolving M&A landscape, seeking new market opportunities, and streamlining operations for growth. For much-needed help, they’re looping in on-demand talent to tackle pressing projects such as post-merger integration, product strategy, IT transformation, strategic planning, and the alignment of sales and marketing efforts.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Business and Corporate Development

2023 Business and Corporate Development Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart
59% Strategy
7% Operations
24% Transformation
6% Organization
4% Interim Leadership

IN-DEMAND PROJECTS FOR BUSINESS AND CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

Post-Merger Integration

Marketing and Sales

Product Strategy and Launch

Opportunity Assessment

Planning

Mergers and Acquisitions

IT and Tech Transformation

IN-DEMAND SKILLS FOR BUSINESS AND CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

Post-Merger Integration

Market Landscape and Research

Project Management

Strategic Planning

Salesforce Effectiveness

Mergers and Acquisitions

Marketing Communications

SAMPLE BUSINESS AND CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

  • Serve as an interim Sales Operations Leader to stabilize a sales team reorganization and solidify operating processes
  • Establish guidance to inform incentive plan design for frontline sales roles
  • Upgrade financial modeling for the business and acquired companies
  • Deliver insights on a specific target market as part of a team assembled to evaluate opportunities for a new product
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