Trends by Function: Operations

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 operations trends for 2023.

In 2023, the operations function is expected to renew its focus on efficiency, sustainability, and resilience, with process improvement and business continuity top of mind. As they navigate today’s challenges and opportunities, operations leaders are seeking on-demand talent with skills in supply chain resilience, business process optimization and transformation, project management, advanced analytics, and operational excellence.


2023 Operations Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart
18% Strategy
48% Operations
22% Transformation
2% Organization
13% Interim Leadership


Supply Chain

Business Processes

Interim Leadership

IT and Tech Transformation

Change Management

Innovation and R&D

Business Intelligence and Analytics

Manufacturing Excellence

Product Strategy and Launch


Supply Chain

Process Optimization and Transformation

Operational Excellence

Project Management

Advanced Analytics

Clinical Operations

Change Management


  • Create a long-term strategy and organizational structure for a team in charge of physical security processes at company facilities
  • Collect and analyze data on workstream resourcing requirements for a large-scale technology platform build
  • Serve as an interim VP of Operations to establish supply chain requirements and drive quality control in product development and manufacturing
  • Lead the implementation of a technology platform to transform supply chain planning
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