Financial Planing & Analysis vs. Corporate Development

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From what I understand, corporate development is more focused on m&a while fp&a deals more with internal stuff. Could someone elaborate on their differences? And how much is fp&a like your run-of-the-mill accounting job (i.e. how does it compare to working at a big4)?

thanks.

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Apr 14, 2011 - 4:36pm

Prim.<span><a href=/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview rel=nofollow>ER</a></span>.ate:
I think you need an MFE for financial planing...

just sayin

This is a joke right?

FP&A is basically internal reporting/accounting. DEFINITELY no MFE needed.

Corporate development varies quite a bit by company, but seems to usually be M&A or strategy related.

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Apr 14, 2011 - 11:05pm

thanks for all the input. the position i am considering has the following responsibilities listed:

  • assisting with 2012 financial and strategic planning
  • assisting with month-end and period-end reporting and analysis
  • preparations for quarterly earnings process
  • ad-hoc financial analysis projects

i'm left wondering how this would differ from an accounting role. part of my attraction to this role is that it's in a high-tech company, but i don't want to be typecast so early in my career as an accountant.

 
Apr 15, 2011 - 2:35am
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