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  • Financial Modeling
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  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Connecticut, USA Strategy, M&A
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  • Corporate Strategy
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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  • Corporate Strategy
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
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  • Corporate Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • Project Management
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Paris, Île-de-France, France Strategy, M&A
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  • Corporate Strategy
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  • Business Strategy
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  • Corporate Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Corporate strategy consultants work with company CEOs, boards, and senior managers to provide strategic, professional advice for business goals and decisions. 

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Frequently asked questions

What clients usually engage your Corporate Strategy Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Corporate Strategy talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Corporate Strategy professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Corporate Strategy talent and are able to provide clients with Corporate Strategy professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Corporate Strategy professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Corporate Strategy consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Corporate Strategy consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Corporate Strategy talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Corporate Strategy talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Corporate Strategy consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Corporate Strategy

Corporate strategies are the most critical strategy level within a company. When clearly outlined, it helps establish the overall value of a business and motivates the company’s employees to achieve the goals the strategy aims to achieve. 

What is Corporate Strategy?

In simple terms, corporate strategy is the strategic level that concerns itself with an entire organization, especially relating to decisions involving the overall growth and development of the company. 

A few components must be in place to develop a functional corporate strategy. The four most widely accepted elements of the corporate system are visioning, objective setting, prioritization, and resource allocation. 

The primary purpose of the visioning component is to set a high-level direction and aim for the company, namely the company’s mission, vision, and corporate values. 

The primary goal of a vision statement should be to respond to how the organization’s leadership projects the company’s growth and evolution.

Subsequently, the organization’s vision is developed into a series of high-level objectives for the company, typically projecting for the next three to five years, thereby setting clear goals.

Prioritizations or strategic trade-offs form an essential pillar of corporate strategy. All business decisions usually entail a degree of risk, and it is not always possible to take advantage of every opportunity. 

This is why organizations must balance strategic trade-offs between risks and returns to manage risks optimally and maximize return generation. 

For a company to achieve the goals of its corporate strategy, it is essential to determine the most efficient way to allocate resources of capital and human resources. Resource allocation also involves planning, managing, and assigning resources in a way that helps the company achieve its goals.

What do Corporate Strategy Consultants Do?

Corporate strategy consultants work with company CEOs, boards, and senior managers to provide strategic, professional advice for business goals and decisions. 

Usually, strategy consultants are vast in about eight disciplines. These disciplines include 

  • Business Model Transformation 
  • Corporate strategy 
  • Digital strategy 
  • Functional strategy
  • Economic policy 
  • Organization strategy 
  • Mergers and acquisition (M&A) 
  • Strategy and Operations. 

Corporate strategy consultants help organizations to improve their performance and help them achieve their goals. Some of their duties include.

  • Analyzing the organisation’s current processes
  • Identifying problems, solutions, and other areas that require improvement
  • Conducting market research to find solutions
  • Creating reports and presentations
  • Devising strategies and making great recommendations

Some consultants also oversee the implementation of the recommended strategies.

Difference between business strategy and corporate strategy

A business strategy is designed to help a company compete in the market. It is a plan for attracting customers and selling products or services to make a profit. Usually, a business strategy seeks to aid a company’s growth by getting customers, increasing profit, increasing customer satisfaction, and choosing which product to offer. 

The corporate strategy seeks to guide a company’s growth. Corporate systems address what market the organisation wants to compete in, and different business units can increase the organisation’s value. Also, it sets the pace of the company’s growth and makes it more competitive when it enters a new market. 

Corporate strategy and business strategy differ in their primary objectives. While a corporate strategy focuses on business growth and profit, a business strategy focuses on actively competing in the marketplace. 

Other key differences between corporate and business strategy can be categorised into four.

Uses

Companies use corporate strategies to define the niche the company wants to occupy in the market and provide managers with guidance for reaching long-term goals. Corporate plans also increase efficiency by combining departments and efficiently managing business units. 

Business strategies are used to create a business plan and determine the resources and steps to become more competitive in the market. 

Business strategies are also used to assess the company’s product, target audience, and competitors to identify and strengthen its comparative advantage. 

In cases where a business already exists, business strategies can help managers better understand the model and recommend improvements. 

Ultimately, great business strategies attract investors.

Duration

Corporate strategies are generally long-term, while business strategies are short-term. Business strategies are created to solve routine operations issues or current problems and reach feasible goals. 

Corporate strategies are designed to reach long-term goals and solve the company’s issues like growth and diversification. Usually, a company’s corporate strategy aligns with the company’s permanent vision.

Benefit

The benefits of having a clear business strategy include the following:

  • Better decision-making.
  • Gaining a competitive advantage in the market.
  • Improving a product or company’s performance.
  • Satisfying and retaining customers and employees.

On the other hand, great corporate strategies ensure efficient operations and provide long-term sustainability. It also maximises profits, minimises loss, ensures the company remains on track with its long-term vision and mission and generally improves management. 

Types of corporate strategy

Corporate strategies can be categorised into four main types.

Growth strategy

Growth strategies are aimed at achieving business growth. Growth could be estimated in revenue, penetration, and market share. Growth strategies involve concentration strategies or diversification strategies. 

Concentration strategies are applied when the company intends to focus on its core business and growth while remaining in the same space. 

Diversification strategies are more comprehensive strategies usually applied when an organisation aspires to grow based on changes in products/services offered, introduce new products/services, or move into an entirely new sector. 

Stability strategy

Stability strategies focus on improving the output of an existing business- profitability-driven process or maintaining the existing performance of a company if the current system is already yielding the desired results- status-quo strategy.

Retrenchment strategy

The main objectives of this strategy are to change the negative trajectory and improve the company’s position either through strategic changes – Turnaround strategy or eliminating parts that hinder its growth – Divestiture strategy. 

Reinvention strategy

Reinvention strategies redesign existing businesses that have existed for a time, often with technology. An evolutionary and reinvention strategy changes how a service is delivered. In comparison, a revolutionary design, on the other hand, leads to a significant shift in the market dynamics. 

Corporate Strategy planning

Corporate strategy planning is a corporate-wide approach at the corporate level and business unit for developing strategic plans to achieve the long-term vision. The procedure entails identifying the organisation’s overall strategic objectives and intentions and cascading them down to every level.

Conclusion

The corporate strategy provides a company with the necessary tools to succeed in the competitive market. The type of corporate strategy implemented depends on the company’s goal. A well-structured corporate plan will provide significant insights into the organisation’s operations and yield great benefits.

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