Looking for a little advice on my potential next moves.
I am currently finishing up a couple years in valuations at a big 4 firm and am looking for my next opportunity as I know I don't want to do valuations specifically for the rest of my career. I am still looking, but currently getting to the later stages of the two opportunities listed above.
The tech company is more of an FP&A type role in one of their business units. From what I understand, I will be part of setting up KPIs and acting as a finance business partner to help the department managers evaluate how they're doing and how they can be more efficient. I'll also have a hand in the budgeting/forecasting process (they indicated some business modelling here) as well as analyzing historical and reporting up the chain to the head of the department and corporate.
The small public company ($500M-$1B mkt cap) role will involve M&A (although they aren't that active), analyzing sales/supplier contracts, and other special projects.
In general, the pay is similar, although the large private tech does offer some stock-based compensation that could be interesting if the company goes public in the next couple years. They are also both relatively small teams (3-4 people). The job title at the tech company is financial analyst while the corp dev is equivalent to a manager... I was thinking of trying to negotiate the tech company on this as I want to show some progression and don't want it to seem like a step down.
I guess my question is, I'm relatively early on in my career and want to keep options open. The tech company will look better on the resume from a brand name perspective, but I fear the job might be repetitive. The job itself seems very interesting at the small public, but it's not a well known company. I feel like the work/life balance at each will be comparable as well.
Any and all advice is appreciated!