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FTI/AlixPartners/Alvarez&Marsal vs Industry for Corporate Development

 
#1 FTI/AlixPartners/Alvarez&Marsal vs Industry for Corporate Development
19/03/2016 03:11

consulthumint

Hi, hoping for some advice/career planning ideas.

I'm a Big4 ACA looking to make a move shortly. My long term career goal is to work in 10-15 years in a Corporate Development/C-level type position in a start-up / SME in the aerospace-defence / tmt sector (big data/AI etc).

How would working 5-10 years in one of the above 3 firms (spending several year stints one after another in their Transactions Advisory / Valuations / Operational Turnaround-Performance Improvement teams) position a candidate vs taking a career in some of the following options:

1) FP&A Analyst in Fortune 100 company (TMT) --> stalking people on linkedin shows that they have great internal mobility

2) Commercial/Business Analyst in Fortune 100 company (one retail one TMT)

3) Finance Manager - several year fintech start up (huge buy in from investors & gov, most likely massive growth in several years)

4) Finance Manager - business process improvement / outsourcing Fortune 100 company

Both Finance Manager positions are very commercial/strategic orientated in v.lean teams with lots of scope for project work etc. with minimal accounting / reporting.

My main concern is that someone who has M&A/Transactional experience will always trump an internal candidate for the Corporate Development/Strategy type jobs within organisations (whether its Fortune100 or startups/SMEs).

On the other hand, i havent seen that many people from those 3 consultancies move into the sort of positions I'm aiming for long term. Most seem to stick around with their firms or move around between themselves or into senior Big 4 positions...maybe because they genuinely love their work? or theres much smaller pool of candidates vs the legions of MBB everywhere? On the other hand, would have much greater opportunity to build industry relevant data & perhaps even get interaction with future employees as clients.

thanks for any help /advice / recommendations

Kind regards

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#2 RE: FTI/AlixPartners/Alvarez&Marsal vs Industry for Corporate Development
22/03/2016 12:52

marsday to consulthumint (#1)

What grade/level of experience would you be leaving Big 4?

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#3 RE: FTI/AlixPartners/Alvarez&Marsal vs Industry for Corporate Development
22/03/2016 23:51

consulthumint to marsday (#2)

straight after qualifying for ACA, pure Audit experience.

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#4 RE: FTI/AlixPartners/Alvarez&Marsal vs Industry for Corporate Development
23/03/2016 11:08

marsday to consulthumint (#3)

ok explains why you have these the wrong way round.

One would more typically join these kind of firms after 10-15 years in a Corporate Development/C-level type position in a start-up / SME in the aerospace-defence / tmt sector (big data/AI etc).

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#5 RE: FTI/AlixPartners/Alvarez&Marsal vs Industry for Corporate Development
23/03/2016 12:48

consulthumint to marsday (#4)

I know they have strong recruitment from Operational people and I've seen that from researching older MD level people on linkedin etc. Would you say then that joining them at start of your career isnt as good idea? I know FDD can only get you so far and can potentially pigeonhole, but their operational improvement practices definitely look interesting and something which seems like can be transferable skills back into industry type role after 5-6 years etc.

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