Corporate Finance

General Requirements

  • Ability to problem solve using a combination of intuition and analytics  
  • Able to deal with ambiguity and adapt to changing needs on an on-going basis  
  • Experience in financial analysis and modeling, reporting, budgeting, derivatives and/or business planning 
  • Ability to effectively communicate with and influence all levels of management, employees, and other stakeholders  
  • Strong process and project planning/management skills 

Skills required

  • General business knowledge and interest/aptitude in accounting, finance, mathematics/statistics
  • Critical & Strategic Thinking capability
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical capabilities
  • Excellent verbal (presentation) and written communication skills
  • Ability to explain technical information to non-technical individuals
  • Takes initiative with the ability to work in a team environment
  • Process and Project Management
  • Advanced Systems, Excel, PowerPoint & Financial Modeling skills
  • Working towards CPA/CA or CFA is an asset
  • Knowledge of IFRS, GAAP
  • Lean Six Sigma an asset
  • GPA is important

Type of Jobs

Corporate Finance manages the firm’s assets and liabilities, maximizes the firm’s stock, balances risk and profitability and reports on financial information.

  • Finance Rotational Program – 2 years, typically up to 4 rotations
  • Financial Analyst
  • Planning Analyst
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Costing Analyst
  • Finance Manager



  • Financial Analysis
  • Audit & Compliance
  • Treasury & Tax
  • Business Development

Technical Preparation/Knowledge Building

  • Rotman Curriculum (see Rotman Electives Guide)
  • Understanding the roles and different opportunities within corporate finance as it will vary from companies & industries. Generally may include:
      1. Analysis, planning, forecasting, treasury, budgeting, variance analysis, product/service analysis
      2. Business development, special projects, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning
      3. Accounting, reporting, internal audit
      4. Strategy
  • Research and read many publications that discuss financial markets, business and major national and world events to learn about the industry, the players in it and the economy

Internal Resources

  • Excel Skills – Financial Modeling (RO & Finance Lab)
  • Technical Interview Preparation (Career Services)
  • Market Interview preparation (offered through the Career Services)
  • Milt Harris Library > Career Guides
  • Milt Harris Library > Research and Databases > Databases by Subject 
  • Rotman Finance Association (RFA) – networking, events, case competitions

External Resources