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Working As An Auditor/Consultant

  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $82,670

    Average Salary

What Does An Auditor/Consultant Do At Fiserv

* Serve as part of the Corporate Audit Services team
* Provide mentoring and coaching of other team members
* Lead or support audit teams as appropriate based on engagement specifics
* Identify and execute audit procedures within a risk-based internal audit plan
* Assess risks and formulate logical and supportable conclusions
* Develop workpapers and other audit materials that meet all relevant professional practice requirements
* Prepare well-written and meaningful reports summarizing audit results
* Develop and foster constructive professional relationships
* Establish trust and credibility with key stakeholders
* Contribute to a high performance environment with an execution focus
* Participate in select internal improvement initiatives

What Does An Auditor/Consultant Do At Massmutual Financial Group

* Participate in projects related to the implementation of new technologies and business applications and offering risk and control consulting and advice to Company management
* Recommend and negotiate appropriate technical solutions to manage identified risks
* Survey the business functions and corporate activities in order to set audit scope and audit objectives for specific engagements
* The Information Systems Audit Consultant at MassMutual focuses on more complex information technology audits and is able to work in a highly self-sufficient manner.
* Typically this position is involved in activities such as: the preparation of detailed programs for information technology audits, the review of complex information technology controls and related processes and procedures to determine efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance with information technology policies and standards.
* Provides advice and consultation to other auditors regarding the review of information technology controls.
* May lead participation in projects related to the review and assessment of controls regarding the implementation of new technologies and business applications.
* This position may assist in the training or orientation of new auditors, identification of emerging information technology risks, audit planning and taking leadership in Department and other projects
* This position could be located in Springfield or Boston, MA

What Does An Auditor/Consultant Do At Hawaii Medical Service Association

* Under the general guidance of the Manager, IA Operations and Consulting:
* Perform risk-based, compliance audits, operational audits and consulting projects for HMSA, its affiliates and subsidiaries.
* Plan and execute audits and consulting projects, report findings and recommendations, and perform follow-up activities to ensure that management has remediated findings in a timely manner.
* Analyze critical business processes, systems and programs supporting the strategic initiatives and corporate priorities of HMSA, its affiliates and subsidiaries.
* Identify areas of significant risk to the organization.
* Interview and conduct investigatory procedures on critical business processes, systems and programs by evaluating the adequacy of control points, efficiency of processes and success criteria to mitigate the risk of management failing to meet its corporate objectives.
* Recommend improvements and corrective actions with meaningful corporate-level impact to reduce the level of risk.
* Participate in management discussions to improve business processes and control structures impacting people, services and programs.
* Recommend solutions that align with corporate strategy and performance.
* Report results to executive management, Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of Directors and the Director, IA.
* Advises senior management of the audit status and problems on a regular basis.
* This role requires excellent written and verbal communication skills.
* Perform audits and consulting projects timely and in accordance with departmental policies and the audit industry’s professional standards such as the Institute of Internal Auditors and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
* Serve as primary coordinator for external audits.
* Ensure that requested information is provided to external auditors, facilitate questions as necessary, ensure timely response and perform follow-up work to ensure management has remediated their findings.
* Implement and maintain projects and resources that improve the effectiveness of the IA department.
* Maintain resources, such as deliverables, due dates, templates and requirements, related to internal and external audits.
* Maintain knowledgebase of updates to compliance requirements, authoritative guidance, training opportunities, and other information relevant to the department.
* Serve as IA’s representative for organization-wide initiatives as needed.
* Assist with special projects or consulting engagements at the request of management.
* Conduct investigations based on allegations and reports of potential fraud and abuse and non-compliance with internal policies and procedures, federal and state laws and regulations.
* Help to advise management on best practices for internal controls and processes.
* Maintain keen awareness of external and internal business initiatives, trends, issues and policies which may affect the business of HMSA, its affiliates and subsidiaries.
* Maintain requisite knowledge of audit and related fields by participating in appropriate professional organizations and conferences, seminars, and meetings.
* Other Duties/Functions
* Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Manager, IA Operations and Consulting.
* Perform administrative duties such as timesheets, status reports, organizing and backing up files, participating in planning, training and other departmental activities

What Does An Auditor/Consultant Do At Calibre

* Provide financial management and accounting operations solutions, internal control management, and audit readiness support;
* Provide support to the financial improvement and audit readiness team to build infrastructure to support an audit examination;
* Contribute to the development and implementation of Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) and support sustainment testing;
* Monitor and manage requests from auditors into the organization and back into the audit infrastructure;
* Document, update, and maintain process flows;
* Analyze the development and implementation of business process memorandums and standard operating procedures related to command financial business processes and ensure that each of the processes are auditable;
* Perform analysis of business processes and internal controls to identify risks;
* Analyze existing processes and work with command to reduce process variations that occur;
* Assist in documenting, implementing, and training personnel on the approved standard processes;
* Document and perform gap analysis on standard business processes;
* Research policies and provide guidance related to property management;
* Retrieve baseline population from various Accountable Property Systems of Record (APSRP); and
* Pull drill down analysis of multiple sets of data

What Does An Auditor/Consultant Do At Intertek

* Perform onsite GCP compliance audits
* Perform external GXP audits for supply chain service offerings
* o Opening and closing meetings
* o Verify that the protocol is performed according to applicable regulations, guidelines, and standards
* o Assess compliance with FDA regulations and guidelines, International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines, the sponsor/CRO’s SOPs, and the protocol
* o Review the qualifications and training
* o Review the content of SOPs to ensure procedures and systems used in the conduct of clinical trials are in compliance with applicable guidelines and regulations, including SOPs for AE/SAE reporting, subject randomization, study supply distribution, clinical monitoring, and data handling
* o Assess compliance with internal SOPs
* o Inspect site facilities and equipment
* o Review records and procedures concerning interactions with the IRB
* o Review records and procedures concerning test article accountability, Adverse Event (AE) reporting, human subject protections, and subject enrollment criteria
* o Verify that data collected in Case Report Forms are supported by source document
* o Assess client’s requirements have been met by the site.
* Final report generation
* CAPA assignment, monitoring and closure
* Manage travel arrangements
* Ensure all travel arrangements are in compliance with applicable travel policies.
* Travel 75%.
* Maintains current knowledge with industry expectations

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How To Become An Auditor/Consultant

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  

Education

Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

A few universities and colleges offer specialized programs, such as a bachelor’s degree in internal auditing. In some cases, those with associate’s degrees, as well as bookkeepers and accounting clerks who meet the education and experience requirements set by their employers, get junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by showing their accounting skills on the job.

Many colleges help students gain practical experience through summer or part-time internships with public accounting or business firms.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Every accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many other accountants choose to become a CPA to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. Many employers will often pay the costs associated with the CPA exam.

CPAs are licensed by their state’s Board of Accountancy. Becoming a CPA requires passing a national exam and meeting other state requirements. Almost all states require CPA candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework to be certified, which is 30 hours more than the usual 4-year bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer a 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement, but a master’s degree is not required.

A few states allow a number of years of public accounting experience to substitute for a college degree.

All states use the four-part Uniform CPA Examination from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Candidates do not have to pass all four parts at once, but most states require that they pass all four parts within 18 months of passing their first part.

Almost all states require CPAs to take continuing education to keep their license.

Certification provides an advantage in the job market because it shows professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors seek certifications from a variety of professional societies. Some of the most common certifications are listed below:

The Institute of Management Accountants offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) to applicants who complete a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have worked at least 2 years in management accounting, pass a two-part exam, agree to meet continuing education requirements, and comply with standards of professional conduct. The exam covers areas such as financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues, and risk management. 

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) to graduates from accredited colleges and universities who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part exam. The IIA also offers the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

ISACA offers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) to candidates who pass an exam and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems. Information systems experience, financial or operational auditing experience, or related college credit hours can be substituted for up to 3 years of experience in information systems auditing, control, or security.

For accountants with a CPA, the AICPA offers the option to receive any or all of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certifications. The ABV requires a written exam, completion of at least six business valuation projects, and 75 hours of continuing education. The CITP requires 1,000 hours of business technology experience and 75 hours of continuing education. Candidates for the PFS also must complete a certain amount of work experience and continuing education, and pass a written exam.

Advancement

Some top executives and financial managers have a background in accounting, internal auditing, or finance.

Beginning public accountants often advance to positions with more responsibility in 1 or 2 years and to senior positions within another few years. Those who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own public accounting firm; or transfer to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.

Management accountants often start as cost accountants, junior internal auditors, or trainees for other accounting positions. As they rise through the organization, they may advance to accounting manager, chief cost accountant, budget director, or manager of internal auditing. Some become controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, or corporation presidents.

Public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors can move from one aspect of accounting and auditing to another. Public accountants often move into management accounting or internal auditing. Management accountants may become internal auditors, and internal auditors may become management accountants. However, it is less common for management accountants or internal auditors to move into public accounting.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public accountants use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors use these skills to detect fraudulent use of funds.  

Communication skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

Detail oriented. Accountants and auditors must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.

Math skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for accountants and auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Real Auditor/Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consultant-Csat Program Audit M Squared/Collabrus Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2010 $286,963
Audit Consultant Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Sep 21, 2013 $107,120
Consultant-Audit/Legal Cheoy Lee Shipyards North America, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Feb 14, 2011 $104,350
Consultant-Audit/Legal Cheoy Lee Shipyards North America, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Feb 14, 2014 $104,350
Audit Consultant Dell Products LP Austin, TX Sep 06, 2014 $95,292
Management System Auditor/Consultant Mireaux Management Solutions Houston, TX Oct 04, 2016 $95,000
Consultant 1C-Systems Auditor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Dec 19, 2016 $94,785
Senior Audit Consultant II Union Bank, N.A. Los Angeles, CA Feb 01, 2013 $88,200 -
$90,000
Lead Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Auditor/Consultant DET Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. Katy, TX Aug 30, 2012 $83,000 -
$105,000
Audit Consultant Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Sep 28, 2010 $78,900 -
$120,600
Senior Audit Consultant Union Bank, N.A. Los Angeles, CA Aug 27, 2014 $75,600 -
$100,000
Management System Auditor/Consultant Mireaux Management Solutions Houston, TX Oct 04, 2016 $75,000
Management System Auditor/Consultant Mireaux Management Solutions Houston, TX Apr 26, 2013 $75,000
Audit Consultant Nationwide Insurance Columbus, OH Mar 31, 2011 $72,280 -
$110,000
Audit Consultant Cargill, Incorporated Wayzata, MN Aug 01, 2014 $68,307 -
$81,400
Senior Auditor/Consultant Freed Maxick CPAS, P.C. Rochester, NY Nov 26, 2012 $65,000
Audit Consultant Texas Eastern Transmission, LP Houston, TX Sep 21, 2009 $63,000
Internal Audit Consultant United Healthcare Services, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Oct 31, 2011 $62,975 -
$76,000
Vp-Business Audit Consultant Barclay Simpson Executive Search Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $60,000
Accounting and Auditing Consultant A2Q2 Corporation Redwood City, CA Sep 01, 2013 $58,000
Accounting and Auditing Consultant A2Q2 Corporation Redwood City, CA Sep 01, 2014 $55,100 -
$85,000
Accounting and Auditing Consultant A2Q2 Redwood City, CA Oct 20, 2014 $55,099
Audit Consultant Stockan Kast Ryan + Co LLP Colorado Springs, CO Aug 28, 2015 $54,226
Audit Consultant Stockman Kast Ryan + Co LLP Woodland Park, CO Aug 28, 2015 $54,226
Audit Consultant Stockman Kast Ryan + Co LLP Montrose, CO Aug 28, 2015 $54,226
Audit Consultant Stockman Kast Ryan + Co LLP Montrose, CO Sep 09, 2015 $54,226
Audit Consultant Stockman Kast Ryan + Co LLP Colorado Springs, CO Sep 09, 2015 $54,226
Audit Consultant Stockman Kast Ryan + Co LLP Woodland Park, CO Sep 09, 2015 $54,226

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Top Skills for An Auditor/Consultant

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Top Auditor/Consultant Skills

  1. Internal Audit
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Involved in the implementation of various audit technology programs that created efficiency within many Internal Audit engagements within the Southeastern region.
  • Designed and completed audits, compiled and reviewed financial statements including balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements.
  • Strengthened over 100+ accountingComment66 policies to ensure compliance with federal financial reporting standards.
  • Conduct audit interviews and execute audit procedures.
  • Helped clients navigate the requirements of the SOX Act to improve their internal control environment and operational efficiency.

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