Corporate Strategy at tech firms (post-MBA)

I'm leaving this pretty open so that more people can chime in.

Does anyone have insight into how recruiting is done for corporate strategy or development in tech firms such as Google or HP?

For instance, have a look at these job postings:
1. http://bit.ly/r2YVZu
2. http://linkd.in/AalBEw
3. http://linkd.in/x9IqDf

Or are most of these positions catered towards experienced hires?

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Jan 20, 2012 - 8:58pm

Some F500 companies recruit into specialized programs that allow you to do rotations anywhere within the company. The program at my company recruits from the M7 schools. You can usually do a rotation in Corp Strat or Planning as it is sometimes called.

If you have experience pre-mba in consulting, this will obviously help.

If you don't have an MBA, the best way to get into corp strat is to come in as an FP&A role, or through an undergrad rotational program and kill it and rotate into the finance side of corp strat and set yourself up for a lateral into ops (which is the actual strat role).

My guess is those jobs will go to one of the above.

Jan 24, 2012 - 4:03pm

Pre-MBA here wanting to position myself to get into Corp. Strategy. I am straight out of undergrad and currently offered a FP&A analyst II position at a similar firm to the ones listed above. The JD summary is: To drive the Worldwide Business Technology Operations Finance Long-Term Planning Process.

Would this be a good start at an industry leader to guide me to my goal? What would be the ideal FP&A position? Project management? How should I plan? Etc.

Thanks for your help!

Jan 24, 2012 - 10:00pm
BJD:
Pre-MBA here wanting to position myself to get into Corp. Strategy. I am straight out of undergrad and currently offered a FP&A analyst II position at a similar firm to the ones listed above. The JD summary is: To drive the Worldwide Business Technology Operations Finance Long-Term Planning Process.

Would this be a good start at an industry leader to guide me to my goal? What would be the ideal FP&A position? Project management? How should I plan? Etc.

Thanks for your help!
BJD

Is there any type of rotational aspect to your position? If not, are you at least assigned to do FP&A at a division or is the company smaller?

Jan 25, 2012 - 6:03pm

The company is actually one of those listed above. My understanding is that Business Technology Operations Finance (BTOF) is a division of the overreaching corporate identity. However, I am not entirely clear as I received my JD after interviewing. I assume this will largely be a project based position within the BTOF division.

This is not explicitly a rotational program but the company likes to rotate personnel into new positions every 1-2 years.

Jan 26, 2012 - 12:47am

Yeah, your offer is an FP&A role. The good news is that transfers from finance into ops roles are not unheard of and if you want to skip a top MBA, below is the way to transfer internally into consulting.

Your best bet is to kill it at that role and transfer to a finance division supporting your company's core (the revenue generating groups). Usually within these divisions, there are internal consulting groups.

So, kill it at your second rotation and network with the higher level people you support -- some of which will be the VP level directors. From there, get to know the higher level people in the consulting division during this time and network your ass off. If you do it right, you'll get great recs from the VPs, and your direct managers and the consulting division people will tell you when an open position happens.

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Jan 26, 2012 - 2:54pm

A banana to you kind sir! That is what I assumed, I just wasn't sure if there was a finance role / group I should look to transfer to in order to facilitate the change. What would be an example of a "revenue generating finance group?"

It is nice to know that FP&A is actually a decent place to start a career.

Thanks

Jan 26, 2012 - 11:15pm
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