Senior Auditor

Job Locations US-WI-Madison | US-NE-Lincoln | US-NE-Omaha | US-TX-Plano | US-CT-Rocky Hill | US-CO-Highlands Ranch | US-CO-Aurora | US-ID-Boise | US-UT-Salt Lake City | US-NE-Sidney
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/20/2020 9:29 AM)
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It takes someone special to be an auditor. It takes someone with a magnifying-glass eye for evaluating procedures and financial transactions. It takes someone well-steeped in compliance and company policy who’s not afraid to speak up to suggest improvements. It takes someone with the skills to plan, coordinate, perform, and report—often all at the same time. You’ve already got what it takes to be an auditor. At Nelnet, we’ll give you what it takes to be extraordinary.


We’re looking for a Senior Auditor to join our team. Under the Audit Services Manager, you’ll serve an important role assisting in the execution of the annual internal audit plan, planning and participating in audits of various departments and processes. The Senior Auditor analyzes internal controls over Nelnet’s diverse environment including areas such as compliance, operations, and finance. The end result of the Senior Auditor’s efforts provide assurance on the control environment to management and other customers, all in an effort to maintain Nelnet’s reputation as a leader in the financial services industry.


This position requires work in support of the Company’s contract with the United States Department of Education (“ED”).  As such, the United States Government requires that any applicant for this position must complete United States Government security clearance.  Effective June 1, 2018, ED has informed Nelnet that security clearance applications for foreign nationals are not being accepted or processed.  In light of this direction from ED, Nelnet will be unable to hire applicants without United States citizenship for such positions.


The Senior Auditor is responsible for performing objective, independent, and reliable assessments of the effectiveness of Nelnet’s risk management activities, compliance with applicable regulations, and the internal control-environment:

Internal Audit: ~70%

  • Manage audit project tasks such as planning, developing, and scoping the audit test plan.
  • Collect and understand compliance requirements, policies, procedures, regulations and controls related to Nelnet.
  • Assess the effectiveness of Nelnet’s control environment, including governance, risk management, financial, management information systems, financial regulatory reporting, safeguarding assets, process and control information through various test procedures and reviewing documentation and transactions utilizing COSO objectives and components or other relevant frameworks.
  • Prepare and document detailed work papers (narratives, process maps, testing worksheets, etc.) throughout all audit phases utilizing electronic audit software to ensure compliance with Audit Services and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Standards, COSO framework objectives, and/or other applicable standards.
  • Review the work papers of audit staff.
  • Develop draft audit reports presenting results of audit procedures and any associated audit findings, as well as recommendation for remediation actions.
  • Work with management to resolve audit issues and to implement action plans to reduce risk, including processes to follow up on audit action plans to ensure accurate and timely implementation of agreed upon recommendations.
  • Monitor audit projects and communicate the status of audit projects to the Manager.
  • Develop status reports and communicate the status to operational management, Audit Services Management, and/or the Board(s) of Directors and its Committees as needed.
  • Reviews/monitors bank quality control, regulatory reporting, etc.


Administrative, Leadership, and Management: ~20%

  • Maintain strong knowledge and understanding of the Nelnet, its strategies, policies, procedures, and operations, including applicable Federal and State laws and regulations.
  • Consults with Nelnet management to ensure adherence to laws and regulations relating to new, revised or existing products and service offerings.
  • Consults with Nelnet management on issues such as the creation of monitoring techniques, risk management, and internal controls.
  • Lead special projects and act as an audit liaison with other areas of the company as directed.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and other associates.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and exhibit a positive professional image.
  • Lead and participate in the continuous improvement of Audit Services policies and procedures.
  • Lead, train and mentor other Audit Services team members and interns in all facets of Nelnet, the financial services industry, audit industry, customer relations and project management.
  • Engage in internal and external education opportunities to develop and maintain knowledge of Nelnet, the financial services industry, and the audit industry.
  • Assist other members of Audit Services in completing assignments as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


External Audit: ~10%

  • Assist management with facilitation and or compilation for regulatory examinations and other external audits as needed.



A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in accounting or business-related field.



Four to 6 years of experience working as an auditor or in an audit-related role (e.g., quality assurance, process improvement, technology, and/or accounting).


Existing certification required or willingness to obtain professional certification within 6 months of hire (e.g., Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA)).


Experience with audit management and data analytics software is strongly preferred.



  • Strong aptitude for learning new concepts and think independently.
  • Ability to make decisions.
  • Ability to adapt in fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to customer service.
  • Strong ability to clearly communicate thoughts verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to analyze complex data.
  • Proficient knowledge of information systems, auditing, quality assurance and control concepts.
  • Ability to build relationships, facilitated and work in teams, and interact with many levels of management.
  • Ability to work in an organized manner and meet goals and budgets.
  • Working knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office Suite and other standard software application tools
  • Ability to travel, including overnight travel (up to 10%).




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This position requires work in support of the company’s contract with the united states department of education (“ED”).  As such, the united states government requires that any applicant for this position must complete united states government security clearance.  Effective June 1, 2018, ED has informed Nelnet that security clearance applications for foreign nationals are not being accepted or processed.  In light of this direction from ED, Nelnet will be unable to hire applicants without united states citizenship for such positions

EEO Statement

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance. Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Nelnet Talent Acquisition & Recruiting.

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.


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