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Manager Accounting

Lake in the Hills, Illinois, United States
November 04, 2019

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Sandra K. Wright

Lake in the Hills, IL *****



Internal Controls professional with business experience in various industries including Non-Profit, Professional Services, Transportation, Telecommunications, Government and Banking. Motivated individual with strong analytical and interpersonal skills and a desire to continue to learn and apply expertise to new environments.


Updated and evaluated Information Technology General Controls to identify potential design and effectiveness issues.

Developed and performed audits as part of the internal audit department. Identified significant deficiencies in the royalty revenue, royalty expense and accounts payable processes for a non-profit trade association.

Updated and refined process narratives and Sarbanes-Oxley controls for all processes for an equipment rental company.

Developed process narratives, identified controls and tested key controls for the subsidiary of a Japanese large equipment manufacturer. Worked with external auditors to successfully implement and test all key controls.

Documented, tested and evaluated controls for the revenue process for a governmental agency.

Assisted in the annual risk assessment process, testing and evaluation of controls and processes and internal audits.


MB Financial Bank – Rosemont, IL August 2017 - May 2019

VP Business Controls

Ensure the CFO/COO functions are aligned with their programs, requirements, and internal and external audits and exams while supporting six functions Operations, IT, Info Security, Finance, Treasury and Project Management Office.

Coordinated and monitored key processes, control activities, audits and regulatory exams resulting in improved efficiencies.

Addressed issues and assisted in implementing improvements in order to strengthen the overall control environment within Operations, Finance, IT and PMO groups.

Evaluated and tested controls and operations in support of organizational priorities, regulatory focus areas, and/or areas of concern

Advised and educated management and staff on balancing risk mitigation, regulatory requirements and efficient operations.

Performed various periodic controls to provide segregation of activities and increase internal capacity which directly translates into increased capacity for our business partners

Provided guidance, support, and development for team members.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Elgin, IL May 2012 - August 2017

Control Officer Associate

Tested the design and effectiveness of identified business controls. Evaluated changes to controls and updated the control descriptions and frequency.

Designed and conducted deep dives over various business operations to identify and test both identified and unidentified controls and identify process improvements and operational efficiencies. No audit deficiencies were identified in the business operations reviewed.

Prepared and presented findings, recommendations and observations noted in deep dive reviews to management. Identified the degree and type of risk associated with exceptions identified during the review and distinguished between control improvements and control breaks.

Assisted in the development and implementation of Deep Dive methodology, report presentation and review management. Identified and implemented a process to solicit and rank areas for future deep dive reviews.

Independent Consultant – Lake in the Hills, IL August 2010 – May 2012


Identify, review and test controls and operational improvements for various workflows for the commercial credit card operations for a large bank.

Conduct operational and financial audits for various industries. Serve as a member of the outsourced internal audit department.

Create process and procedures documentation for finance related functions of manufacturing concern.

Altran Control Solutions – Chicago, IL June 2004 – August 2010

Senior Manager

Audited all accounting processes in various industries (i.e. defense contractor, software manufacturer, non-profit trade association, industrial parts manufacturer, and others).

Partnered with accounting, finance and/or internal audit staff to develop, implement and test SOX controls and develop a continuous testing plan.

Assisted the Director of Internal Audit with the development, planning and execution of internal audits. Aided in the development and execution of special projects as directed by Director of Internal Audit and the Board of Directors.



Systems Transport – Elk Grove Village, IL 2003 – 2004


United States Cellular Corporation – Itasca, IL 2002 - 2003

Accounting Manager.

Patrick W. Melvin & Associates – Chicago Ridge, IL 2000 - 2002

Audit Manager

Ameritech Corporate – Chicago & Hoffman Estates, IL 1997 - 2000

Manager-FMLA Administration, Senior Internal Auditor

Morris D. Ziegler & Co., LLP - Chicago, IL 1995 - 1997

Senior Accountant

Nykiel-Carlin & Co. - Schaumburg, IL 1994 - 1995

Senior Accountant

Skalitzky & Noonan, Ltd. - Palos Heights, IL 1988 - 1994

Audit Manager


C.P.A. - University of Illinois

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Accounting - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Visio and QuickBooks.

Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Excel

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