Next summer I'll start my 3rd and finalan A&D company.
Here is the rub: I'm becoming more and more disenchanted with this company and industry. There are many reasons, but the main one is that there is no culture of promoting young talent. Almost all managers are mid thirties or older- hitting manager after only 5-7 years simply doesn't happen. This isn't the place for a rapid career climb.
That said, I'm trying to identify a 3rd rotation that will give me solid yet transferrable experience. My first two rotations were in program finance and FP&A. My ultimate goal is to be a CFO, or to lead a company or business unit. Here are some options:
Manufacturing finance/Plant controllership type role: I'd be on a team of people assisting a Plant Controller. I'm hoping this role would give me a small taste of running a P&L and would be transferrable outside defense.
More FP&A: I could get more FP&A experience in a different business unit. FP&A is highly transferrable, but I might benefit more from having 3 different rotations.
Corp Dev: This would be a hard rotation to land, but getting CD experience and eventually CD pay is attractive. The downside in my mind is that if I want to leave the A&D industry, getting CD experience in this industry might not be as transferrable as I'd like.
Others include IR, more program finance, and proposals.