I am looking to break into Senior FP&A role in a F500, specifically in the tech industry. I spent 4 years in Big4, reaching Senior Associate level, and have my CPA. Ideally, I am looking for FP&A roles that do not simply support the accounting division with monthly closes, reconciliations, etc, but spent most of the time in budgeting, planning, forecasting, and working with the M&A guys on strategy / analysis of business units / revenue streams. Ultimately I would want to transition into BizDev, Corporate Strategy.
1.WIthout having an MBA, would this be the best path to take to add to my skill set and transition to BizDev, Corporate Strategy assuming I would do very well?
2. Having said this, do I need to know any type of to be competitive in the interview process for the type of FP&A roles I'm looking for? This would include building P&L/ /CF/ models with all the assumptions from scratch, performing any type of analysis and so on.
3. At the minimum, would I need to be know enough about modeling to be able to talk about it? If so, what are the key topics to brush up on?
Would appreciate any insight.