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Internal Auditor

Prosper, TX
September 20, 2019

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Zemedah L. Watlington


Finance Professional With Experience In Business Development and Management


Solution-based thinker with ability to express complex concepts effectively

Former sole proprietor in insurance industry

Expertise in internal audits, sales and use tax, and sales tax audits

Adept in the evaluation and implementation of internal controls in compliance with SOX

Successfully reduced sales tax assessment by $300,000

Lead fraud investigation for a hotel group finding $70,000 in fraudulent transactions

Industry experience in manufacturing, hospitality, restaurant, oil and gas, government, telecom and broadcasting

Comfortable interacting with stakeholders, C Suite executives and Big Four accounting firms

Flexible and team oriented, providing leadership for accomplishing common objectives and company goals

Professional Experience

Independent Consulting

Senior level consulting that includes various sales tax, SOX, internal audit assignments, and Network Operations

Senior Consultant (2010 - 2019)

Conducted quarterly Sox testing for publicly traded oil and gas company regarding controls over accounts receivable, inventory, fixed assets, accounts payable, taxes, and revenues

Obtained sales tax exemption certificates reducing tax liability approximately $544,000 for client

Review of customer contracts to determine applicability of Texas manufacturing sales tax exemptions

Assisted management with state sales tax audits

Review of agency financials and comparison of actual to planned results

Management of office staff, scheduling, and productivity

Provided detailed information regarding tax software package

Monitor, respond, and report incident occurring on company IT infrastructure

Provides first line support of IT infrastructure and systems

Works with Network Operations team to troubleshoot and fix issues

Report server, network, systems performance metrics

Watlington & Associates Inc

Bookkeeping, sales tax, & income tax services

Consultant (2017 - Present)

Manage client sales tax audits

Monthly sales tax compliance

Income tax preparation

A/P, A/R, & credit card reconciliation

State Tax Advisors

Sales tax consulting for small to medium size companies

Audit Consultant (2015 - 2016)

Interface with clients regarding sales tax needs

Managing client audits

Produce multi-state taxability matrices

Prepare Voluntary Disclosure Applications

Obtain state sales tax registration

Watlington Insurance Agency

Multi-line insurance agency that includes property, casualty, life, commercial, health, and supplemental health care


Insurance Agent/Owner (2008-2012)

Marketing various insurance products to targeted demographic

Maintained yearly customer product review schedule

Development and tracking of sales goals against actuals

Liaison between customer and underwriting

Preparation of weekly status reports

FedEx Kinkos (FKSO)

Assess corporate internal controls weaknesses and assist in the development/implementation of short and long-term solutions.

Senior Control Analyst (2007-2008)

Consulted with VP and Directors to help identify control gaps and develop controls

Evaluation of exposure across FKSO

Provided guidance for the development and documentation of policies

Facilitation of formalized change management policy and process

Assisted business process owners in the development of self-assessment tools

Recommended self-audit procedures and metrics to drive behavior going forward

Preparation of internal audit issue tracking and action plan database

Weekly reporting to FXK executive management regarding status of FedEx Services internal audits

Train and review deliverables of junior staff

Jefferson Wells

Sox internal control testing including initial, follow-up, and year-end

Consultant (2004-2006)

Created SOX internal control testing programs, testing and results for management’s assessment

Performed remedial testing as required

Identified process and procedures, information systems, transactional detail evidential matters, and internal

controls for processes implemented for the delivery of disaster relief

Identified and documented audit findings

Communicated audit exceptions and assisted in the resolution. Assisted in report preparation of finings


Dave and Busters

Operational internal auditing and SOX implementation

Internal Auditor (2004)

Implementation, coordination, and execution of initial SEC regulations for SOX 404 Compliance

Created SOX internal control testing programs, testing and results for management’s assessment

Liaison with legal counsel, executive management and EY auditors

Observed and reported areas of weakness in the operational portion of the internal audit program


University of Phoenix

Degree: MBA, Accounting, November 2004

Grambling State University

Degree: BS, Accounting, May 1996

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