Marquis Emerging Leaders

Janene E. Smith

Title: Senior Financial Analyst

Company: Voya Financial

Location: AL/USA

Education: BS in Accounting, Jacksonville State University, Cum Laude (2007)

Career History: Senior Financial Analyst, BU Controllership, Voya Financial (2024-Present); Financial Analyst, BU Controllership, Voya Financial (2022-2024); GAAP Reporting Accountant: Separate Accounts, Voya Financial (2022); Managerial Reporting Lead, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (2019-2021); Managerial Reporting Analyst, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (2018-2019); Cost Accounting Lead, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (2016-2018); Capital Investment Analyst, Cost Accounting Analyst, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (2008-2016); Accounting Co-op, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (2008)

Janene E. Smith, Senior Financial Analyst at Voya Financial, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of finance.

Guided by inquisitiveness, determination, and ability to grasp the purpose and end goal of a task, Ms. Smith has excelled as the senior financial analyst of BU Controllership at Voya Financial since 2024. In this capacity, among other primary responsibilities, she prepares disclosures and financial support for quarterly and annual statements for balance sheets, income statements, cash flows, and other supporting documentation, as well as devises ways to enhance processes and effectively achieve desired outcomes. In addition, she assists in mentoring, coaching, and welcoming new team members at the company.

Wielding an impressive career trajectory in the field of cost accounting for more than 15 years, Ms. Smith prepared by earning a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Jacksonville State University, where she graduated cum laude in 2007 and launched her professional journey the following year at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, where she remained until 2021. She excelled in various finance and accounting roles—an accounting co-op, a capital investment analyst, a cost accounting analyst, a cost accounting lead, a managerial reporting analyst, and a managerial reporting lead—and found success through her unwavering commitment and dedication to the work at hand. Seeking for a change and new opportunities, she then ventured out as a contractor with Voya Financial in 2022. Her exceptional performance and expertise led to her being brought on board as a full-time financial analyst; her experience and qualifications have made her a valuable asset to her team.

One of Ms. Smith’s most major achievements at Voya Financial has been spearheading a project that involved developing a monthly report of the Profit and Loss outcomes, which was presented to the senior leadership, including the chief operating officer. By creating this report, she provided insights into the financial performance of the company and helped the leadership team with their quarterly planning. Such a project had not been initiated before and she was asked to lead it. Throughout the project, she was able to collaborate with many people across the company, which made her proud of her work and accomplishments. Additionally, she has been an active volunteer within the company’s LGBTQ+ Employee Council, Hispanic and Latino Council, and African-American Council.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Smith has set her sights on acquiring a wealth of knowledge and experience, not just in gap and statutory reporting but also in the broader scope of the company and industry where she works. She hopes this will allow her to move into a position where she can leverage her passion for process improvement and nurture new hires through mentorship and development. By consistently expanding her knowledge and skillset, she aims to grow her career and make valuable contributions to the organization.

When she isn’t working, Ms. Smith enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

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