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Auditor (Internal & External)

Job Description & Role Information

For employers looking to fill an Internal or External Auditor vacancy, the following sample position description can help you to attract the best candidates for the role. By tailoring this position description according to your company's specific job requirements, you have an excellent interview tool for comparison purposes.

For job seekers looking for an Internal or External Auditor Officer role, this job description details what the role may involve and what skills and experience are required to give you the best chance of securing the position.

Internal Auditor

Role Outline:

Reporting to the CFO, Financial Controller or Internal Auditor Manager, Internal Auditors are responsible for minimising the operation risk of the business. While monitoring internal control systems is important, this role can also expand into performance improvement and regulatory compliance for the business. 

Typical job duties and responsibilities:

An Internal Auditor’s responsibilities will vary depending on the size and type of the organisation. Typical job duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Audit assignment preparation and planning
  • Evaluation of the business's controls
  • Undertaking internal audits and test policies and processes
  • Analysis of risk frameworks
  • Analysing the potential for fraud in the company's systems and processes
  • Taking the lead in any fraud or other investigation that may be required
  • Conducting meetings with management and staff to understand processes and procedures
  • Writing reports on each internal audit assignment and making any recommendations to redesign processes and procedures that warrant changes.
  • Advising the client of the application of accounting standards and policies

Skills and attributes:

The more common skills and attributes that are most needed for this role may include:

  • Understanding of risk management and frameworks
  • Excellent knowledge of accounting standards
  • Strong numeracy skills
  • High level of attention to detail and critical thinking
  • Proven time management and organisational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Customer service skills focusing on delivering excellent service to both internal and external clients
  • Intermediate computer software skills, including Excel and other financial accounting packages
  • Degree qualified
  • Professional accounting qualification such as CA or CPA

​Salary Guide: 

$70-140K + Super

Career Progression: 

  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Risk and Compliance Manager

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External Auditor

Overview of the Role:

Auditors are an important part of a Chartered Accounting firm and are responsible for the audit of a company's financial records and the testing of internal controls. External Auditors must have a high degree of accuracy and a strong knowledge of technical accounting standards.

Role Outline:

External Auditors are responsible for performing independent financial audits on companies to the test the rigour of the corporation’s external reporting and the strength of both their internal controls and corporate governance procedure. Legal requirements state that any business over a certain size must engage External Auditors to review their financial statements on an annual basis. Typically external audits are carried out by the Big 4 International Chartered firms, 2nd Tier Chartered and CPA firms. 

Typical job duties and responsibilities:

Reporting to the Partner or a Senior Manager in a Chartered Accounting practice, (depending on the size of the business), an External Auditor’s role will have responsibilities that vary depending on the size and type of the Accounting practice and the clients they service. Typical job duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Audit engagement planning and preparation
  • Audit of financial statements to ensure they are a true representation of the company's financial position
  • Testing of internal controls and identification of risks
  • Ensuring client is compliant with the various statutory reporting and compliance bodies
  • Providing advice to the client around the application of accounting standards and policy
  • Ensuring the client is a legal and going concern
  • Travel to the client's sites as required

Skills and attributes:

The more common skills and attributes that are most needed for this role may include:

  • Understanding or risk management and frameworks
  • Excellent knowledge of accounting standards
  • Strong numeracy skills
  • High level of attention to detail and critical thinking
  • Proven time management and organisational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Customer service skills focusing on delivering excellent service to both internal and external clients
  • Willingness to travel
  • Intermediate computer software skills, including Excel and other financial accounting packages
  • Degree qualified
  • Professional accounting qualification such as CA or CPA

Salary Guide: 

$50-90K + Super

Progression:

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