Apr 14, 2018
**Internal Audit Data Analyst**
**Req ID** R01489
**Sallie Mae** is proud to help Americans aspiring to create the life they want--whether that means helping them make college happen, or something more. Our colleagues across departments and across the country are united in our passion and our customer-first approach. Whether you want to join a growing company, be part of an agile workforce, or gain new skills--you're in the right place.
Over the last 40 years, Sallie Mae has helped more than 34 million Americans pay for college. The same passion we have for helping customers is applied to helping our employees achieve professional and personal growth. With a wide range of opportunities available, we invite you to join our growing team and help students make their dreams of higher education a reality.
Sallie Mae's Internal Auditing department works to promote an effective control environment through risk-based audits, internal controls testing, pre-implementation reviews, special projects, and risk and control education. To promote a strong risk and control environment, IA applies data analytics to its audits and reviews. Providing data solutions requires defining the business problem/risk statement, gathering the business intelligence/data, and making informed conclusion through the use analytical tools and methodologies available.
**The Data Analyst responsibilities include:**
+ Identify and develop new analytics (descriptive, diagnostic and prescriptive) to support risk and control conclusions on an audit basis
+ Maintain existing data analytics projects and develop new projects that support the execution and administration of Internal Audit's mission and annual plan
+ Proactively identify repeatable data analysis that can be used by the audit team in making informed decision Specifically support planning and scoping of audits and risk assessment
+ Provide support and guidance to encourage and facilitate widespread use of analytics within the audit team
+ Build relationships with business partners across the organization for data gathering, data initiative and data governance purposes
+ Coordinate and communicate effectively with internal & external auditors, Sallie Mae management, and other key stakeholders, as necessary, to meet above objectives and With the support of the Audit Manager or Audit leadership, engage in special projects, critical process reviews, and investigations as necessary
**Assist with developing, executing and maintaining the Data Analytics framework and its activities - 50%**
+ Demonstrate practical understanding of data analysis concepts and basic programming techniques. Provide technical expertise on data extraction, data cleansing, data mining and analysis.
+ Develop new BI solutions and maintain existing solutions to support data extraction (for end users).
+ Maintain and update the existing data analytics projects -- refresh the data and generate new reports to support continuous auditing.
+ Develop new trainings and conduct existing trainings on a regular basis to encourage and facilitate widespread use of analytics within the audit team.
+ Demonstrate ability to understand complex and diverse technology infrastructure and identify sources and tools needed to deliver analysis and reports.
+ Perform data validation to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the data extracted, and maintain the integrity of the extracted data if it is stored on IA's shared drive.
**Assist in the execution of special projects, critical process reviews, and investigations as necessary - 5%**
**Serve as the resident expert and liaison to all others serving in DA function - 10%**
+ Maintain knowledge of best practices by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, performing benchmarking, maintaining networks and participating in professional organizations.
+ Collaborate with various DA teams (internal) to ensure integrity of data.
**Perform internal audits as part of a team - 35%**
+ Conduct interviews and inquiries with auditees to understand business processes, technology and data to support audit scope and objectives.
+ Provide expertise in data analytics for audit and risk management.
+ In the planning phase of an audit, develop analysis to provide useful data insights (i.e. trends, patterns, outliers), to support the development of the scope and objectives and to identify risks and control weaknesses.
+ In the execution phase, develop complex data analysis with the support of DA manager. Also, provide continual guidance to the staff/senior auditors (i.e. understand the data, perform 100% population testing and/or perform robust statistical sampling).
+ Proactively held discussions with the audit manager and DA manager to brainstorm on the complex analysis, develop the logic and script/code, discuss limitations and any potential issues.
+ Provide quality service to stakeholders, which includes obtaining and demonstrating a strong understanding of the business process and the associated data.
+ Communicateeffectivelywith the audit team at the audit, department and leadership level to present test results and potential findings.
+ Undergraduate or Graduate degree in a related field or the equivalent combination of training and experience.
+ 2+ years of hands on experience in performing analysis on large data sets (including data gathering and profiling, data mining, test data creation, data validation and visualization)
+ Experience in financial services industry or student loan industry
**Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:**
+ 3-5 years of experience using one or more of the following Data Analytic tools (SAS, TOAD, Aginity Workbench for IBM Netezza). Experience using one or more of the following data sources: IBM Netezza based Data Warehouse, MS SQL, and Oracle
+ 2+ years of hands-on experience in data extraction, data mining and manipulation techniques.
+ Ability to understand complex and diverse technology infrastructure as it relates to data flows and business processes
+ Effective communication, leadership and time management skills with the ability to act autonomously while being a team player
+ Strong planning and organizational skills
+ Proven analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to details
+ Able to act independently and be self-motivated
+ Relevant certification is a plus (e.g., CPA, CISA, CIA or any programming certification)
EEO Employer Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America. Sallie Mae is a drug free workplace.
**Location** Newark, DE
**Date Posted** Dec 18, 2017
Newark, DE, USA