Julie Starkweather

Business Analyst

Years with MIL: 15

What were you doing before joining MIL?

I was working at a CPA firm. In fact, all my accounting experience was in the corporate world. But when I joined MIL, I found a job more meaningful than just preparing someone’s tax return. This is work with real world-wide impact, resulting in a more challenging and rewarding career.

Why did you decide to join MIL?

I decided to join MIL because of the challenging and interesting global nature of the work where I could expand my skills. I am given opportunities for training and development to further myself professionally.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I am helping the client successfully manage and mitigate the risk associated with complying with numerous initiatives and providing continuity of operations by leveraging my institutional knowledge.

What is important about your work?

I provide project monitoring, risk assessment, and decision support analysis to management to develop and document best practices for the operational units. I have applied my knowledge as a subject matter expert to provide managers and end users with data visualizations since becoming a Tableau data visualization developer.

What are the best aspects about your current job?

A key component of my work is to provide assistance as a subject matter expert to internal and external groups to resolve issues. But most importantly, it is about improving lives by streamlining business processes, developing reconciliation methodologies, training the staff, and providing continuing support.

Why do you enjoy working at MIL?

I am part of an amazing team of proactive people who are always open to new ideas and who think outside of the box to develop new solutions.  We work to make things better, not only for the client but for the community too. MIL understands that there is more to life than just a job. I am more than an employee, more than a team member; I am a member of a family.

What is the most challenging project you’ve worked on at MIL?

My most challenging project up to now was the multi-phased, long term solution to consolidate and modernize the budgeting systems and budgetary business processes. The aspects that made it the most challenging (the complex, multifaceted interrelationships between the systems and departments and the diverse interested parties with different needs worldwide) also made it the most rewarding.

What is the best piece of career advice you can offer someone in your field who is either applying to or beginning a career at MIL?

Embrace change and take advantage of new opportunities no matter how challenging. You can count on MIL support, from the expertise of your MIL colleagues to additional training. MIL is there for you!