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What clients usually engage your Strategic Business Initiatives 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 Strategic Business Initiatives 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 Strategic Business Initiatives professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Strategic Business Initiatives talent and are able to provide clients with Strategic Business Initiatives 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 Strategic Business Initiatives professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Strategic Business Initiatives 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 Strategic Business Initiatives consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Strategic Business Initiatives 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 Strategic Business Initiatives 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 Strategic Business Initiatives 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 Strategic Business Initiatives

What are strategic business initiatives?
Strategic Business Initiatives (SBIs) is a general term used to describe any decision made by an organization which impacts corporate objectives. Although most often used when the decision is a positive one, such as to invest in new equipment or to introduce a new product or service, SBIs are also used to describe negative decisions such as the closure of a facility or the layoff of staff observes Fintalent’s Strategic Business Initiatives consultants.

SBIs usually require large investments of time and money. Strategic business initiatives can be either strategic or tactical, depending on the size of their impact. Strategic initiatives are those that will have a significant impact on an organization’s strategic objectives. Tactical initiatives are those that fit easily into existing processes to meet more immediate goals.

For example, in the case of a restaurant that wishes to introduce new cuisine, this may be considered a strategic initiative. In contrast, introducing a new style of decor in an existing restaurant seems more tactical.

Generally speaking, strategic initiatives are initiatives that are big, expensive and complex. Tactical initiatives are small and simple/easily achievable (e.g., redesigning the menu board).
However, there is considerable scope for both types of initiative to be used in combination (e.g., looking at all facets at once instead of doing one thing followed by another).

It is important to note that the decision to invest in a particular initiative (strategic or tactical) is not necessarily taken at the same level as the decision to implement it.

Strategic business initiatives are often part of a formal strategy or plan. The decisions taken to implement the strategy should be based on environmental opportunities and threats, internal capabilities, and external circumstances.

There is considerable scope for both types of initiative to be used together (e.g., looking at all facets at once instead of just doing one thing followed by another).

There are no hard and fast rules for how to decide which initiatives should be strategic and which should be tactical. However, there are some good practice principles:
Institutions will not remain strategic or tactical, but will instead end up somewhere in between.
Leaders must spend time with their people and understand their business. They need to challenge their assumptions, they need to identify what they really own in the organization (the core of the institution) and then build outwards from here.
The executive team must have a clear understanding of what is happening – where significant challenges exist (the “cape”) as well as some way forward that actually gets them on track again (the “rudder”).
There are no off-the-shelf solutions, such as can be found in a “business plan”, because there is no “off the shelf” – these should be created by the organization itself.
Strategic business initiatives do not necessarily require that all employees are involved in identifying them or planning them.

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