Hi there, fellow monkeys!
A bit about my background: double majored in econ and engineering at a non-target, currently an A/C at anfirm, will be applying to business schools in 2015. post-MBA.
So, right to the point - it might be a bit unusual, but I really do find corporate finance interesting. So much that I regularly read articles on it in my spare time. However, I'm not talking about being an accountant and doing all sorts of boring number-crunching. More like strategic/transformational stuff, which can be pretty diverse.
To give an example, I've really enjoyed a project where we designed and implemented (yes, MBB does partial implementations too now, in this market you pretty much have to provide the full package to compete) a best-practice financial management system at an F500 company, completely overhauling areas such as working capital management, costing, forecasting et cetera. Making sure line management understands the value and insights that can be derived from high-quality analytics, creating interactive feedback loops between finance and operations (i.e. which how business decisions affect financial ratios and what should be done about it). I also really like, really detailed operational models, valuation, capital investment analysis (optimizing projects' NPVs, capital budgeting and the like). You get the idea, hopefully. I believe that there's a lot of value to be created via these instruments for our clients and their shareholders, arguably unlike some of the more "fluffy" classical strategy engagements.
So what I was wondering is if there's a career path post-MBA that allows one to do all these things (sort of a hybrid financial project management / strategic finance I guess?). I'd think this is a great skill set to have for the higher-up finance execs, but whether there's a way to get there without going through all the boring shit like financial reporting or being some other numbers/execution monkey, I've no idea.