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

I think you need an MFE for financial planing...

just sayin

Apr 14, 2011
Prim.<span class=keyword_link><a href=/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview rel=nofollow><abbr title=equity research&#10;>ER</abbr></a></span>.ate:

I think you need an MFE for financial planing...

just sayin

oh, i guess that's something to consider down the line. but i'm looking at these roles as a potential intern.

Apr 14, 2011
Prim.<span class=keyword_link><a href=/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview rel=nofollow><abbr title=equity research&#10;>ER</abbr></a></span>.ate:

I think you need an MFE for financial planing...

just sayin

MFE for FP&A? Assume you're being sarcastic...?

Apr 14, 2011
XPJ:
Prim.<span class=keyword_link><a href=/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview rel=nofollow><abbr title=equity research&#10;>ER</abbr></a></span>.ate:

I think you need an MFE for financial planing...

just sayin

MFE for FP&A? Assume you're being sarcastic...?

No he just doesn't know WTF he's talking about.

Apr 14, 2011
Prim.<span class=keyword_link><a href=/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview rel=nofollow><abbr title=equity research&#10;>ER</abbr></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.

twitter: @CorpFin_Guy

Apr 14, 2011

def agree no MFE needed in an FP&A .

Apr 14, 2011

As an intern go Corp Dev

Apr 14, 2011

all your questions are addressed in the following threads:

http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-other-ro...
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/what-do-corp...
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/best-way-to-... (in this last one i address most of the major finance functions at a F500 firm including FP&A)

Apr 14, 2011

Corp dev is good but dont they give jobs to people who only have BB banking backgrounds or top 10 MBA? (at least at a F500)

Apr 14, 2011

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
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