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 2021.

Operations leaders have a lot on their plates right now, from building more resilient supply chains to transforming processes to meet organizational needs amid fluctuating work arrangements. Independent experts are here to help with in-demand skills in critical areas and hands-on project management support to successfully implement the changes.


45% Operations
35% Strategy
11% Transformation
5% Interim Executive
4% Organization



Supply Chain

Business Processes

Business Transformation

Marketing and Sales

Interim Leadership

Business Intelligence and Analytics


Project Management

Process Optimization and Transformation

Supply Chain

Regulatory Strategy, Process, and Submissions

Advanced Analytics

Program Management Office (PMO)

Operational Excellence


  • Project manage a new S&OP process implementation across various product teams
  • Develop a tactical sourcing plan and manage organizational spend to ensure continuous improvement and value creation
  • Operationalize a product pilot and develop a playbook that can be implemented with other products
  • Implement standardized governance procedures within a highly matrixed organization and analyze success of new processes
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