I have about 5 years experience, I left big 4 audit as a senior and I'm now the FP&A manager at a small (~30-50M rev), fast growing company.
I would love to move into corporate development, but I lack the M&A experience that will likely be a barrier to entry. It's not necessarily the M&A that interests me, it's the strategic/high impact finance element that I'm an drawn to.
I do get a decent amount of exposure to strategic projects/initiatives, but I also spend some time with not as interesting things like annual budget, BvA that doesn't add value and is just QC. I expect this mix will continue in most typical FP&A roles. I'm not unhappy at my position just looking forward (and we will have an exit in the next 3 years).
In an ideal position, I would work with executive teams working on strategic high impact work.
1) I've considered an exec MBA in a year or two - would this be valuable given my experience?
2) Would an MBA make me a competitive candidate for a corporate development position?
3) Can anyone describe some positions which do work on strategic financial analysis, other than CD?
I'm not looking at IB/PE given my region.