Help me become a CFO
September 21, 2012 4:43 AM Subscribe
My long-term goal is to become the CFO of a company. Would this job be a useful step in that direction, or a detour?
Currently I work in the finance department of a tech company. Because I like to pick up new skillsets, I have done both purchasing and collections.
My long-term goal is to become the CFO of a company. The way I picture this happening (which may or may not be realistic - please comment on that if you think that my proposed plan is unrealistic) is to acquire knowledge about every different aspect of corporate finance, then market myself to startups as the finance generalist who can fill almost any finance-related need (thus allowing the startup to remain lean), and gradually build a team around me as the company grows.
Recently our staff accountant left the company, and I am considering whether to take his place and thus acquire his skillset. Would this be a good idea, or a bad one? It would be a lateral move. I am probably going to leave this company within a year or two in any case.
Also, assuming that I would have some flexibility to choose my own title (thus making this seem slightly more glamorous), what should it be? I would be reporting directly to the accounting controller.