Excel-ling in Corporate Finance

Finley is an employee of the Siemens Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP), who took David Brown’s class in college and was a key contributor to Siemens’ partnership with the MECC. Finley grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona – a little outdoorsy college town near the Grand Canyon. For college he accepted the Flinn Scholarship and attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in Economics, PPEL, and Psychology. During college, he interned with Siemens for two summers and then worked part time his senior year. This experience led him to conclude that corporate finance and operations were changing rapidly, requiring an increasingly technical skillset. The FLDP rotations offered him the opportunity to sharpen his financial, analytical, and technical skills while building an expansive network. He is excited to utilize all the skills and connections he made during the two years in his upcoming off-program role with the digital transformation team at Siemens Mobility.

Read the interview below to hear more about Finley’s experiences with MECC, FLDP, and more!

Finley Dutton-Reid 
Siemens FLDP Summit

Q: How did you find out about the MECC, and what made you interested in participating?

A: One of the most formative classes I took in college was David Brown’s financial modeling in Excel course. David and I stayed connected after the course. When he reached out to me regarding Siemens’ sponsoring the MECC, I was happy to bring it forward as a mutually beneficial opportunity.

Q: What was your most memorable experience, and most valuable takeaway from the MECC and FLDP?

A: It is always inspiring to see people your age (and especially younger) succeeding at difficult things. I am lucky to consistently have this experience with my colleagues in the FLDP. The MECC was just another reminder of how much talent is out there, worthy of enormous opportunities.

Q: Why do you think it is important for students to participate in the MECC?

A: The best way to learn new skills is by doing. The MECC offers an opportunity to do just that. Data manipulation in whatever language or software has certain key principles that remain the same, learning them in Excel, with financial data is a perfect way to get experience.

Q: What was the most challenging aspect of your MECC experience?

A: Pressure makes even the most routine tasks mentally taxing. Working with people watching and the clock ticking down is an excellent test of how well you have internalized knowledge.

Q: How did the skills you learned in the MECC translate to the Siemens FLDP?

A: Competitors in the MECC demonstrate substantial technical, analytical, and communication skills. Everything from an index match to quickly expressing yourself to a teammate is directly transferable into the FLDP.

Q: The MECC focuses on Excel, but what other software would you recommend to current participants to learn to better prepare for future employment opportunities?

A: Excel is the Swiss army knife of data, useful for everything from ad hoc data validation to model building. However, it should not be used as a saw. Common data use cases, including storage, pipelining, and visualization are better served by other software (e.g., SQL, Snowflake, Knime, Alteryx, Tableau).

Q: How has your time in the FLDP strengthened your leadership and analytical capabilities?

A: “The FLDP strengthens your leadership and analytical capabilities in the most direct way possible – exposure. In each progressive posting you take on more responsibility for achieving your team’s goals. This puts you in situations where you are asked to both solve complex financial puzzles yourself and manage others to aid in projects where the scope is too broad for one person.”

Q: What advice would you give to students looking to participate in the FLDP?

A: “Apply for the internship that precedes the full-time program. The recruiting process begins in the fall of your junior year and is typically kickstarted by attending a career fair at your school. Come talk to an FLDP at the Siemens booth and express your interest!”

If this sounds interesting to you, be on the lookout for Siemens in career fair this Fall in US! They will be hiring US FLDP summer interns and are on the lookout for both Sophomores and Juniors!

Siemens is a global company that operates in various industries, including energy, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing. With a rich history spanning over 170 years, Siemens is known for its innovative solutions and technologies. The company focuses on areas such as electrification, automation, and digitalization to drive sustainable development and improve the quality of life for people around the world. Within the company is the United States (US) Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP), which provides young professionals the opportunity to rotate through multiple business units, functions, and cities within the US to build their knowledge and skills. Additionally, there are other programs within different countries and functional areas if that would interest you.