Best stepping-stone from FP&A to PE?
I already feel like the answer is Corp Dev, but I want some different opinions.
I've been in accounting and FP&A for 10 years, and I'm trying to move towards M&A, ideally at a PE fund. I have decent modelling skills and I've worked with PE-backed companies through acquisitions, but not in a banking or Big 4 setting.
Which of these would be the most realistic target for my next role, with a long-term focus on PE?
- Corporate Development in-house to build deal experience on the buy-side
- IB, if I could still get in as an analyst at this late stage
- Go straight for a PE fund as an analyst
- Continue with FP&A to a more senior level i.e. commercial finance director, then move
- Switch to Big 4 with a focus on M&A
- Something else that I've missed out entirely?