BYU-Hawaii Uses TeamMate to Train the Next Generation of Internal Auditors
Tax & AccountingFinanceComplianceJune 11, 2019

Brigham Young University-Hawaii & TeamMate

Founded in 1955 on the island of Oahu, Brigham Young University-Hawaii (hereinafter BYU-Hawaii) is home to 2,500 students representing over 70 countries. Being part of a small campus gives students ample opportunity to gain educational experiences outside of the classroom through internships, research projects, and real-life work experience.

Chris Beard, Director of Compliance and Internal Audit at BYU-Hawaii, has been instrumental in implementing a student employment model in his internal audit department. The program not only resources internal audit engagements for the university but also provides accounting majors with a high-impact work experience that reinforces educational concepts. Beard typically has four-to-six students working 19 hours each week when school is in session and full-time during breaks.

While undergoing a complete staff turn-over every 18-24 months as students graduate can be challenging, Beard says using an intuitive, user-friendly audit management system, like Wolters Kluwer TeamMate, makes training and teaching much easier.
TeamMate has standardized our audit methodology and enables me to review student work in real-time, so I can better mentor them through each step of the audit process. I also create audit project templates and share them in TeamStore, so students can learn by example. This has really helped decrease their learning curve.
 Chris Beard, Director of Compliance and Internal Audit at BYU-Hawaii

TeamMate is not only instrumental in helping BYU-Hawaii shape the next generation of internal auditors, but the audit management system is an invaluable tool for managing the complexities that come with the university’s eight-year audit cycle.

“With such a prolonged audit cycle, we only get one shot to get it right, so we have to be nimble,” said Beard. “The standardization and consistency that TeamMate provides allow us to target the exact issues that we want to audit, and then easily generate a report and roll that information out to the larger organization.”

Using an automated audit management system also makes things more manageable for Beard, who has cerebral palsy that affects his fine motor skills. After working with cumbersome manual processes that were difficult for him to navigate early in his internal audit career, Beard says he took to TeamMate “like a fish to water” when he joined BYU’s Idaho campus in 2007. In 2014, Beard transferred to BYU-Hawaii where his first order of business was to implement TeamMate.

“I rely on TeamMate to be more efficient in my work. It has greatly improved my productivity and quite honestly, I’m not sure where I’d be in my career without it,” said Beard.

Shawn Obrien
Marketing Manager

Shawn O’Brien joined Wolters Kluwer in 2013 and moved to TeamMate in the summer of 2019. His background in Product Management and Product Marketing means he regularly connects with customers to understand their challenges, their opportunities, and their successes.

Organization Name: Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Industry: Non-Profit
Headquarters: Laie, Hawaii
Solution Used: TeamMate

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