The following path is based upon the actual careers of several recently appointed corporate treasurers. Expect a few twists and turns along the way.
Earn undergraduate degree.
Accept a position in the finance department of an organization.
Gain direct corporate finance experience, such as M&A or working on an IPO.
After several years on the job, earn a certification to demonstrate knowledge and ongoing commitment to the profession.
Assume additional responsibilities, accepting lateral moves that show adaptability.
Gain some experience working with the e-business team, understanding the importance of the marketing function and FP&A experience.
Collect staff supervisory experience.
Complete series of global assignments.
Assume oversight of the investor relations function, polish ability to communicate at the highest levels.
Become top finance position of a business unit. In a very large company, serve as head of one of the business lines.
Jump to a higher level role with a smaller company.
Elevate to strategic, advisory role, such as becoming a member of the corporate executive council or strategic planning team.
Become corporate treasurer.This article appears in the May edition of AFP Exchange.