Simon Business School

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance responsibilities often include financial planning and analysis, with professionals forecasting company revenue and expenses. Analysts often partner with key executives in different functions and divisions to advise them on compliance, budget, head count, investment, and other financial matters. For treasury roles, the work may include evaluating financing options and collaborating with banks to raise and invest capital. The treasury department could also be entrusted with managing risk for currency and commodity exposure. Corporate development responsibilities for finance professionals may include mergers and acquisitions, as well as new-business opportunity analysis.

Simon MBAs often find professional opportunities in the finance fields discussed above. In larger companies and banks, MBA talent may join rotational programs that allow them to work within different finance and accounting functions to develop skill sets in a variety of areas.  

Employment Outlook and Career Opportunities

Corporate finance is the most popular career path for Simon MBA talent. This sector is expected to grow, with recruiters actively seeking out Simon students due to our intense focus on economics and analytics. MBAs typically start as associates, and many take advantage of corporate rotational programs to advance their careers. Most large firms and corporations have in-house development programs that allow emerging finance talent to gain cross-functional experience in different specialties including, but not limited to: treasury, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and tax. These training programs usually last 18 months to three years. They are designed to prepare associates for leadership opportunities and can facilitate career specialization.

Job Titles  

Sample titles for corporate finance functions include:

  • Financial Analyst or Financial Associate
  • Financial Manager
  • Vice President, Finance
  • Director of Finance
  • Treasurer
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

In-Demand Skills and Character Traits

Recruiters look for candidates with an aptitude for analytics, as well as qualitative and strong communication skills. The ability to understand internal and external audiences is also helpful in the corporate finance field.

Corporate Finance Career Preparation at Simon
Academic Path

As you pursue your MBA, you are encouraged to explore the Finance and Corporate Accounting concentrations to prepare for your career.

Co-Curricular Opportunities

MBA students pursuing careers in corporate finance should consider joining the Financial Management Association (FMA), as networking is critical to success. The club provides a forum for students to explore and discuss corporate and global financial issues. FMA pays particular attention to the investment side of finance to develop members' understanding of the investment industry and assist those wishing to pursue a career in corporate finance and capital markets. The association often hosts industry speakers, corporate tours, and skill-building events. FMA also organizes a financial modeling course at Simon; participation is strongly encouraged.


 

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