The shortage of finance talent is a source of endless frustration for today’s CFOs. No matter how hard they look, they simply can’t seem to find and attract the people they need to drive the finance agenda forward. The challenge is especially acute when it comes to finding people who can lead and manage large, complex projects—such as transforming a traditional finance team into a group of forward-looking advisors providing vital analysis and insight to the rest of the business.
Some may feel schools are partly to blame for the talent shortage, by not producing enough qualified finance graduates. While this and other external factors certainly contribute to the talent challenge, companies themselves must also shoulder some of the responsibility.