Mentor List

Katrina Phiri

Phiri, Katrina

Job Title: Senior Program Manager, Amazon Treasury Technology
Company: Amazon
Industry: Technology
Mentor Since: Fall 2021
Will Mentor: Graduate Students

Job Description

As a Sr. Program Manager in Amazon's Treasury & Risk Technology organization, Katrina provides programmatic oversight for this 70+ person team of product managers, program managers, and engineers (SDEs, BIEs, IT Application eng). Our team is responsible for the Treasury and Risk Management organization’s comprehensive technology strategy and execution. We're chartered to build technology systems strategy by assessing current state, representing the voice of the customer across Treasury and Risk teams, developing a multi-year roadmap, and then executing upon it. We build, support, and maintain first and third-party systems with the goal of increasing automation, driving cost savings for Amazon, supporting business goals (e.g. speed to market through technology implementations), job satisfaction, and controllership. During her tenure on the team, Katrina has been involved in driving a number of strategic projects for the org, including the implementation of Amazon's Risk Management Information System, practicing both program and product management disciplines.

Company Description

What unites Amazon employees across teams and geographies is that we are all striving to delight our customers and make their lives easier. The scope and scale of our mission drives us to seek diverse perspectives, be resourceful, and navigate through ambiguity. Inventing and delivering things that were never thought possible isn't easy, but we embrace this challenge every day. By working together on behalf of our customers, we are building the future one innovative product, service, and idea at a time.

Employment History

Amazon - Sr. Program Manager | Treasury & Risk Technology, 11/2019 – Present (Seattle, WA)

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) - Senior Associate Consultant | Cybersecurity & Privacy, 10/2017 - 10/2019 (Seattle, WA)

Seattle University - Full-time Graduate Student (MBA) & Genevieve Albers Graduate Fellow, 9/2015 - 7/2017 (Seattle, WA)

IQ Business, South Africa - Senior Associate Consultant | Regulatory, Analytics & Sustainability Division, 2/2012 - 8/2015 (Johannesburg, SA)

Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program - English Language Teacher, 8/2008 - 7/2011 (Matsuyama City, Aichi, Japan)


• PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification, 12/2020
• Professional MBA and Certificate in Business Analytics, Seattle University, 6/2017
• Bachelor of Business Science (B.Bus.Sci), Finance Specialization (Honors), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 12/2007
• PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate (Project Management), Johannesburg, South Africa, 5/2012

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

Students can expect:
• Career coaching and discussion of skillset development/selection
• Resume building and/or review
• Support with mock interviews
• Coaching/preparation for internships
• Provide insights and perspective on working in tech or getting into tech as someone with a non-traditional background

I expect students to:
• Come prepared with what they'd like to discuss at each session
• Take the lead in driving this experience as it is up to you to make it a success based on your stated goals and desired outcomes
• Be respectful of each other's time and communicate schedule changes in advance (as will I)

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

When: Available to meet once a month, Monday - Thursday, 5-7pm PST

Where: Virtual meetings on Zoom (or other conferencing technology such as Webex) and occasional in-person meet-ups when convenient.

Additional Information

Katrina continues to be an active member of the SU community even beyond her time as a graduate student, where she participated in student government, volunteer organizations, and alumni groups. A few highlights and awards below. • President of the SU International Student Alumni Chapter Board, 2019 - 2020 • VP of the SU International Student Alumni Chapter Board, 2017 - 2019 • Dean’s Honor List, 2015 - 2017 • Winner of the Genevieve Albers Graduate Fellowship, 2016 - 2017 • Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (international academic honor society for business schools), 2017 • Inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu (national Jesuit honor society, top 4% of each class eligible), 2017 • Winner of Albers Graduate Student Association (AGSA) Leadership Award, 2017 • Winner of ISC's Outstanding International Graduate Student Award, 2017 • Winner of Albers Graduate Student Service Award, 2016