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Senior associate, PwC
During a recent conversation from her home office, Jessica Mazza explained why a new opportunity at PwC — one that offered an innovative and collaborative approach, with more flexibility and a team she loved — brought her back to the firm.
After a couple of years working at The Walt Disney Company , what drew you back to PwC?
One of my friends and former PwC colleagues told me about a remote role in a new and expanding area of PwC, the Audit Center of Excellence (COE), and that they were recruiting for PwC alumni. My husband, Vincent Fioravanti, is also a former PwC alum who returned to the firm. When this opportunity presented itself, we both agreed it sounded like an exciting opportunity to be involved in a new initiative that would also give us the flexibility of working remotely.
You and your husband work together?
Yes! We met at PwC the first time we worked at the firm several years ago, but then we left for other opportunities. We got married about a year ago, and then returned to the firm at the same time shortly after.
Wow! A PwC love story! How has your return experience been?
It’s been a fairly easy transition, particularly because we already had a network of great people here. It also felt good to be familiar with most of the systems and tools that PwC uses; that definitely helped accelerating that learning curve as well.
What is the CoE, more specifically?
The Audit COE is a centralized team that works remotely as an extension of engagement teams to help streamline and create efficiencies around certain audit processes. COE teams work on specific areas of the audit for a wide range of clients.
Has the pandemic affected your day-to-day work?
My day-to day work hasn't changed much, mainly because I had already been working in a 100% remote work environment before the pandemic really required all of us to work remotely, and I think PwC was well-equipped from that perspective as PwC had always given us the tools and resources to do so. But I do think this experience further provides clarity on the importance of providing this sort of flexibility to employees, and the benefits it can have for both the employees and the company.
What do you like to do outside of the office?
I like to spend time with my family and friends, and my dog. I also commit time to working out and personal wellness. That’s my way of relieving stress, so even just taking daily walks with my dog helps clear my mind.
What advice would you offer to inspire others?
Try not to stress over what you can’t control. Things will eventually fall into place if you work hard and keep a positive attitude.
Anything else you’d like to share with the alumni community?
We’re always looking for more great people to join our team at the Audit CoE. Working here is a wonderful way to grow your skill set and expand your network because you collaborate with so many different engagement teams and clients. It also allows you to focus on a particular area of the audit and really become a subject matter specialist in that area. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be here, and I’m always happy to talk about my experience with others who might be interested, so feel free to reach out.