I am an internal audit and data analytics specialist with experience in the insurance, financial services, and retail industries. In addition to my accounting knowledge, I have three years of education in computer programming.
Returning to Ameritas has given me the opportunity to focus on auditing IT in a mutually-held company, contrary to my previous role at a public company. For now, I am working with the department's data analytics manager to finish converting the department's ACL workflow to Python. This is a project I began in 2018 before I worked at Nelnet. Additionally, I am currently studying for the ALMI designation.
Being promoted to the IS Auditor II role allowed me to emphasize the skills I already had while expanding upon new skills. With this promotion, I became a main piece of all the audit phases: risk assessments, planning, testing, reporting, and remediation. I also helped develop an internal data analytics program that assisted the department with tracking and reporting on processes and KPIs. Lastly, it's important to note that an important part of the job is to develop meaningful relationships with clients and promote the image of internal audit throughout the organization.
Working with Nelnet, I have been able to experience a more technical and government compliance side of internal audit. Working at a financial and technological services company has given me experience working with advanced network systems, SOX compliance testing, as well as SOC 1 and SOC 2 reports. In addition to government compliance, I have been working with advancing data analytics and embedding them within the audit process. Being able to use data analytics within various parts of the audit process allows auditors the chance to test more of the data and provide better insights to the clients. However, I have only been at Nelnet a short time and can't wait for more!
While working as an Internal Auditor for Ameritas, I was able to experience every part of the internal auditing process. My position allowed me to develop more risk analysis, data analytics, statistics, and automated aspects to include within the departmental processes. Working at Ameritas, I was able to find audit experiences from all aspects of the insurance industry, including physical access, HIPAA compliance, information system design and access, as well as all parts of selling and maintaining life insurance and financial service products.
During my time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I was offered the opportunity to help my professor, Dr. Amber Messersmith, teach Business Writing. I was able to help students overcome problems with various assignments related to business writing, such as memos, letters, emails and other skills one may need in the professional world. This experience helped cement my understanding with professional writing styles.
Working as a community management intern for Walgreens helped me experience the busy and demanding life of running a retail store. I worked at the busiest Walgreens in Lincoln, NE and was able to fully appreciate the demands of customer service when you are needed in three places at once. This job included customer service, employee training, inventory systems, pharmaceutical services, and more!
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