Professional Services and the Independent Workforce

For more than 20 years MBO Partners has provided leading Professional Services providers a best-in-class process for engaging independent talent, with industry leading solutions that ensure compliance and are scalable to the unique needs of the industry.

The professional services industry is changing. Clients’ desire for innovative new solutions to their intractable business problems has created a need for new perspectives on talent. Utilization challenges and margin pressures continue to grow, with increasing scrutiny at business unit and overall firm headcount levels. Elite professional services firms are looking at new ways of driving revenue, moving from the per-hour or per-month revenue models to value-oriented revenue models. Especially effective firms have taken to enforcing hard targets for independent vs FTE ratios in the search for better valuations and more attractive project margins.

Consequently, Professional Services firms are increasingly dependent upon highly skilled independent professionals, and for creative workforce programs that allow them to tap into the growing skilled global resource pool. MBO is the industry leader in providing those programs to some of the most demanding clients on the planet.

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Benefits of a Workforce Optimization Strategy

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Talent Access

Leverage independent talent community through direct sourcing, extending to in-demand and specialized skillsets

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Speed and Scale

Proven streamlined workflows reduce time-to-value and ensure consistency regardless of size or growth

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Agility and Resiliency

Accelerate time to productivity and increase flexibility with an independent workforce that adapts to the rapid pace of change to drive outcomes

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Operating Leverage

Create enterprise value by shifting total enterprise talent mix from supply chain and FTEs to a directly sourced independent workforce

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Cost Savings

Migrate to lower-cost sourcing channels and enable more cost-effective engagement alternatives

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Mitigate risks through a dynamic, audit-ready compliance rubric aligned to the changing regulatory climate

How MBO Can Help

MBO can help you get to a future where objectives are achieved and are completed on schedule by a workforce that strategically leverages Independent Professionals.

The MBO platform gives organizations access to talent while saving cost, legal risk, and administrative burden. MBO’s proprietary technology engages high-value talent in a compliant fashion, ensuring all tax, labor, and other statutory requirements, including ACA, are met. The platform also allows for the rapid re-deployment of alumni and retiree populations when a need for their institutional knowledge arises.

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Leverage MBO’s Extensive Talent Network

Achieve a right-sized workforce with a balance between full-time employees and experienced independent talent—with emphasis on ready-access to an on-demand workforce with required skillsets.

Top independent professionals are looking for challenging roles with clients who value their work. Our marketplace gives you access to talent with the capabilities you are looking for and the proven experience you need.

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John Devlin

Vice President &
Professional Services Practice Lead

Contact us to learn more about MBO's solutions


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