Thinking long term here, currently at my first job post undergrad, I am a financial analyst. Have been looking at job postings for way down the line and noticed many different titles. I understand that every company is different but in general how are the finance and accounting departments structured and what experience do you need to eventually become a Finance Director or VP of Finance. I completely understand accounting, but will it be possible to eventually land one of these positions with no actual accounting job title on my resume? Can someone work up from FA > SFA > Finance Manager > Senior Finance Manager > Finance Director > VP of Finance? Reason I ask is I see a lot of VP of Finance jobs asking for accounting experience or Big 4.
Also what is the general structure at small to medium companies under the CFO? Are VP of Finance and Controller direct reports to the CFO and on the same level? Is the Finance Director reporting directly to the VP of Finance and has no official accounting responsibilities. Does the Controller report to the VP of Finance, and the VP of Finance oversees accounting and finance?