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Finance talent

Timely issue on the CFO’s agenda

In an era of high unemployment, demand for skilled finance talent is outstripping supply. With the increasing demands on finance and companies' focus on growth, CFOs are seeking ways to secure desirable talent in relevant jobs at the required time. This requires a finance talent strategy that is functionally specific, incorporates unique ways to attract and retain skilled finance executives and works to align incentives with value creation. Many organizations are seeking a finance talent program that encourages top talent to be committed, challenged, excited about their prospects and confident in leadership.

To learn more, view our finance talent materials below.

Meet Deloitte's SMEs

  • Alice Kwan, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Jeff Schwartz, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Ken Kunkleman, Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Tina Witney, Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

CFO Insights

Leading the multigenerational finance department
At a time when critical skill sets are increasingly difficult to secure and retain, finance leaders should have a clear view of how to attract, develop, and retain people of diverse backgrounds and generations.
Do you have a finance-talent strategy?
CFOs are ultimately responsible for having the people, the leaders, and the specialist skills necessary to run and grow their function and their company.
Do you have the finance talent you need now?
Identify critical performers and tailor strategies around them

Business Finance articles

Business Finance magazine talent focused articles
Articles by monthly contributor Jeff Schwartz which provide his perspective on finance talent management.

CFO Journal articles

A simple strategy for winning the talent war
Insights from John Hagel, co-chairman, center for the edge, Deloitte LLP, on attracting and retaining sought-after talented professionals.

Developing a finance talent strategy: Two case studies
Between the shortage of finance talent and the increased demands being made on finance organizations, CFOs need a finance talent strategy that keeps top employees engaged as they progress through their careers. It also must create a draw for talented outsiders looking for new opportunities. Read two case studies that illustrate how leading companies are building and improving talent strategies specific to finance organizations.

Improving the cost/benefit of the workforce and business performance
CFOs often have little insight into how workforce expenses and resources relate to performance. Working with HR, it’s possible to better manage the total cost of employees and align the people strategy with business goals.

Success factors for attracting and retaining finance talent
Deep involvement of managers, commitment of executive management, mentoring programs and on-the-job stretch experience can help CFOs attract, grow and retain top finance performers.

As CFOs’ roles expand finance talent concerns rise to the top
Between the demands made of finance teams and talent shortages, retaining and developing finance talent is a key issue in 2012, according to Deloitte’s CFO Signals™ surveys.

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