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Working As A Finance Auditor

  • 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 A Finance Auditor Do At FMC Corporation

* Perform audit procedures under the direction of the the Senior Auditor to determine the reliability of internal control systems.
* Perform audits of a variety of accounting, financial and operating records and procedures.
* Apply professional accounting and auditing principles and standard operating procedures for the various business units.
* Work closely with the assigned IT auditor to identify weaknesses in separation of duties at the audit location.
* Identify control weaknesses.
* Communicate audit issues to the Senior Internal Auditor.
* Participate in entrance and exit meetings.
* Assist in the preparation of audit reports.
* Prepare and organize audit work papers.
* Function as a member of the IA team, demonstrating effective teaming.
* Identify process, financial and compliance control weaknesses at audit locations.
* Identify, evaluate and communicate audit issues to the Senior Auditors and others in RC&A and site management being audited.
* Prepare and organize audit work papers to document work performed and support the audit comments.
* Provide assistance to external auditors under the direction of Senior Auditors or others in RC&A.
* Develop a further understanding of US GAAP and the Sarbanes
* Oxley Act (SOX) and local GAAP accounting rules, where applicable.
* Develop an understanding of FMC accounting, project management and internal control policies, procedures and processes.
* Function as a member of the IA team, demonstrating effective teaming.
* Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development as part of the RC&A organization.
* Achieve deadlines set by leadership and proactively monitor and raise instances where deadlines cannot be met in a timely fashion

What Does A Finance Auditor Do At Microsoft Corporation

* Develop detailed test plans for key segments of audits by developing understanding of audit area and reviewing available data and information
* Conduct audit fieldwork using appropriate auditing methods
* Draft audit issues based on fieldwork, supporting evidence, and risk-based implication
* Clearly communicate project status and results with project team, IA management, and stakeholders
* Establish and maintain strong stakeholder relationships
* Remain current and increase knowledge in the areas of auditing, accounting, business, company products and company information utilizing self-study and continuing education efforts

What Does A Finance Auditor Do At Kelly Services

* Ensures compliance with established controls and procedures by examining records, reports, operating practices, and documentation
* Verifies assets and liabilities by comparing items to documentation
* Completes audit work papers by documenting audit tests and findings
* Appraises adequacy of control systems by completing audit questionnaires
* Communicates audit findings by preparing a final report and discussing findings with audited parties
* Complies with country-specific legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements, and advising management on needed actions
* Minimal work direction needed, highly skilled and knowledgeable to the position
* This position might be described as Auditor Expert who can potentially supervise the lower levels, assist on planning, work with management on internal controls, etc

What Does A Finance Auditor Do At TJX

* Participate in pre-audit surveys, assemble and analyze operational and financial data and identify areas for subsequent audit; prepare specific audit programs for use by the audit team and estimate time requirements.
* Review and evaluate all completed work, findings and recommendations for accuracy, adequacy and presence of sufficient supporting documentation; ensure that project work papers are assembled, maintained and filed correctly.
* On larger projects, may direct daily activities of assigned auditors, monitor work progress, provide guidance and adjust assignments when necessary.
* Inform the Audit Manager of audit progress on a regular basis.
* Consult with the Audit Manager on problem areas and recommend appropriate actions.
* Perform special projects as assigned

What Does A Finance Auditor Do At Job Juncture, Inc.

* Conduct internal operational and/or financial audits for the corporate function and operational units.
* Report discrepancies and contribute with audit plans/gain an understanding of the areas to be in scope.
* Execute internal audits within established business process controls and audit programs.
* Develop formal written recommendations for audit findings to be included in audit report.
* Facilitate work of external auditors during on-sire visits when needed.
* Participate in the engagement process.
* Perform audits of functions and activities in assigned areas to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of the control systems and quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities.
* Complete audit work papers to support the work performed and the audit conclusions.
* Discuss/present audit findings to appropriate management personnel of the business unit under review.
* Document audit findings that clearly illustrate the associated risk and impact to the financial statements and business operation.
* Work with process owners to develop actionable remediation plans that address the fundamental root cause of audit findings.
* Assist in preparation of audit report and executive summary communicating the results of the audit and related corrective recommendations.
* Actively participate in team meetings and developmental activities as assigned by the Internal Audit Management team.
* Assist operating company management in the documentation effort to fulfill the requirements of SOX regarding the companys internal controls over financial reporting.
* Responsible for special projects as

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How To Become A Finance Auditor

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).  


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.


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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Finance Auditor Career Paths

Finance Auditor
Finance Manager Business Manager Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Controller Accountant-Contractor Senior Accountant
Audit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Business Manager Controller
Controller, Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Cost Accounting Manager Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Internal Auditor Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Auditor Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Internal Auditor Accountant Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Assistant Controller Controller
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Finance Manager Sales Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accountant Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Internal Auditor Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Accounts Receivable Specialist Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Auditor Senior Accountant Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Internal Auditor Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Finance Auditor Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Arabic

  • Indonesian

  • Hungarian

  • Wolof

  • Igbo

  • Cantonese

  • Bambara

  • Japanese

  • Cherokee

  • Romanian

  • Greek

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • Italian

  • Korean

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Real Finance Auditor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Financial Operations and Audit Strategist Virgin Health Corporation Miami, FL Mar 25, 2016 $167,500
Manager, External Financial Reporting and Audit William Beaumont Hospital Southfield, MI Apr 13, 2015 $143,832
Vice President Finance & Audit Rail Europe, Inc. White Plains, NY Nov 01, 2011 $130,000
Financial Auditor Google, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 15, 2015 $126,000
Financial Auditor Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 22, 2016 $126,000
Financial Auditor Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 01, 2014 $120,000
Financial Auditor Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 09, 2016 $120,000
Financial Auditor Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 08, 2016 $114,000
Financial Auditor Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 14, 2016 $114,000
Manager, Financial Audit Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. Glendale, CA Jun 18, 2012 $110,300
Financial Auditor Acumen LLC Burlingame, CA Jul 27, 2015 $106,080
Financial Auditor Nurses Professional Services, LLC D/B/A Nurses Pro Houston, TX Nov 20, 2015 $97,178
Financial Auditor Sephora USA Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2016 $72,571 -
Senior Financial Auditor Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO May 14, 2012 $71,500
Financial Auditor Jonathan Park & Associates, LLP Los Angeles, CA Feb 27, 2012 $71,386
Health Care Financial Auditor Health It 2 Business Solutions, LLC Washington, DC Mar 16, 2015 $70,096
Financial Systems Auditor Accounts and Business Services Inc. Washington, DC May 14, 2012 $70,000 -
Financial Reporting Auditor Conifer Asset Solutions LLC New York, NY Aug 18, 2016 $70,000
Financial Reporting Auditor Conifer Asset Solutions LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 18, 2016 $70,000
Financial Auditor KAS Ventures LLC San Antonio, TX Oct 11, 2016 $69,867
Financial Auditor Tranz Business Group of Companies LLC NY Oct 09, 2016 $55,556
Health Care Financial Auditor Health It 2 Business Solutions, LLC DC Sep 05, 2015 $55,472
Health Care Financial Auditor Health It 2 Business Solutions, LLC DC May 09, 2015 $55,472
Health Care Financial Auditor Health It 2 Business Solutions, LLC DC Aug 31, 2015 $55,472
Financial Auditor Coffeed Corporation Islandia, NY Jun 04, 2016 $55,370

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Top Skills for A Finance Auditor


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Top Finance Auditor Skills

  1. Financial Statement Audits
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Audit Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed numerous financial statement audits of various government agencies including A133 audits.
  • Verify and ensure compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Conduct and document audit procedures in a clear and concise manner to adequately conclude on overall audit objectives.
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting and federal compliance.
  • Prepared internal audit reports for senior management.

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