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Working As A Lead 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 Lead Auditor Do At Wells Fargo

* Proactively research regulatory requirements and develop risk-based audit procedures with minimal supervision.
* Excellent project management skills regarding assigning tasks, monitoring progress of deliverables to meet audit plan and delivering interim feedback.
* Partner with leadership to perform risk assessment, identify key risks, document & review internal controls and finalize scope of engagement.
* Identify and develop ways to improve existing audit practices related to audit coverage.
* Exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge/understanding (technology, operational, financial and regulatory) across multiple businesses and/or develop knowledge in a critical subject matter area.
* Train and mentor junior staff regarding required skills (e.g. audit methodology, regulatory reporting, etc.) and delegate activities.
* Demonstrate professional skepticism and develop a good sense of risk management.
* Utilize sound judgment in making timely, high-quality decisions.
* Present audit results in an objective and a confident manner.
* Provides ongoing communications and credible challenges to business partners; while maintaining a balance between independence and partnership.
* Review the working papers of audit professionals to ensure a high quality is maintained and WFAS methodology is followed.
* Write opinions reflecting relevant facts that lead to logical conclusions.
* Escalates significant risks and loss exposures to appropriate levels of management.
* Work and communicate effectively in a virtual team environment

What Does A Lead Auditor Do At Aecom

* The Auditor reports directly to the Auditor/Courier Manager and is responsible for ensuring that all department schedules are met.
* This position communicates with Client and senior management in the Audit/Courier Manager's absence and conveys departmental challenges to the Audit Manager when necessary.
* The Lead Auditor also assists the Audit/Courier Manager with tasks as assigned.
* The duties listed cover the principle duties of the position and are not meant to be all-inclusive; it is expected that all employees will perform other duties as assigned.
* Adheres to audit schedule to ensure work is submitted accurately and in a timely manner
* Inventories daily audits, boxes and arranges with Client for pick-up
* Reviews Auditors' work product for accuracy prior to submission to Client
* Generates and Audits weekly 7-day Reports for accuracy prior to submission to Client
* Generates and Audits end-of-month reports for accuracy prior to submission to Client
* Inputs daily bank deposits
* Creates and provides monthly Deposit Log to Client representative
* Inputs monthly traffic statistics
* Inputs monthly negative discrepancies for Client
* Updates system statistics book
* Inputs and maintains Request for Toll Reimbursement Log
* Distributes monthly reports to project staff
* Maintains Coin Vault Inventory Log
* Assists auditors with problem solving
* Provides direction as necessary for training of new hire auditors
* Completes other duties as assigned

What Does A Lead Auditor Do At General Electric

* Independently execute audits of client financial reporting (premium, commission, claims, accounts payable/receivable, funds held, reserves and cash) for compliance with reinsurance contracts and policy terms.
* Manage the audit planning including meetings with stakeholders, logistics, scoping, sampling, policies, etc..
* Partner with Actuarial, Finance, Operations.
* Risk and other teams as needed.
* Present oral and written results of audits to Stakeholders (client, senior leadership and operations team) .
* Ensure written reports are documented clearly and concisely.
* Escalate issues to senior management as appropriate.
* Identify concerns and control issues, determine root cause of issue, implement appropriate corrective action.
* Manage wing to wing tracking and remediation of open audit follow up items for risk reporting.
* Maintain professional client relationships and communication.
* Lead accounting and finance projects, including projects to review treaties and confirm/edit client reporting and practices.
* Maintain audit professional standards while conducting on-site audits.
* Establish and maintain ongoing relationships with business and functional leadership for subject areas

What Does A Lead Auditor Do At Citgo Petroleum Corporation

* Planning audits, including obtaining background information on the business function being audited, performing a risk and control assessment, defining the audit scope and objectives, and assigning work responsibilities to staff auditors.
* Managing the audit fieldwork, including reviewing the staff’s audit programs and work papers, advising client and audit management of issues identified throughout the audit, and working with client management to identify solutions to control deficiencies.
* Writing audit reports to client management and executive management to gain commitment of the action plans which mitigate control gaps or ineffective controls, maintaining effective client relationships and promoting internal controls and control awareness throughout the corporation.
* Proactive in researching business best practice concepts in order to apply as appropriate; and attending external and internal training to develop and maintain skills necessary to understand and respond to business and client needs.
* Train, motivate, and develop senior and corporate auditors.
* Prepare and provide ad-hoc analyses and reports on business transactional data.
* Requisition #: 2017

What Does A Lead Auditor Do At Cooperstandard

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* Conducts SOX driven compliance assignments, which includes interviewing, documenting, quality assurance reviews for design effectiveness, process mapping and gap analysis.
* Evaluates business processes, performs walkthroughs, validates documentation, identifies gaps and risks, develops Corrective Action logs, and develops recommendations to mitigate risks.
* Works with Director, Internal Controls & Global Compliance to plan audit engagement strategy, define objectives, and address related internal controls risks and issues.
* Develops/reviews internal control test plans, performs testing across all business units to evaluate their operating effectiveness in accordance with established procedures and reports test results.
* Participates in risk assessment; identifies key areas of risks and appropriate financial scope coverage including applying current knowledge of internal control trends to identify issues and other opportunities for improvement.
* Participates in and may lead audit team as well as supervise contractual auditors from outside agencies, as needed.
* Assists in preparation of final SOX test results accumulated impact analysis.
* Participates in presentation of audit findings, reports to management and tracks issues to ensure proper remediation or mitigation in a timely manner.
* Assists in timely completion and ongoing maintenance of all SOX audit and infrastructure requirements.
* Performs financial and operational audits as required and supports internal audit teams as needed.
* Assists the Director Internal Controls & Global Compliance in other areas to include Steering Committee, Board of Directors Audit Committee report and other assignments as needed.

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How To Become A Lead 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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Lead Auditor Career Paths

Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Office Manager
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Audit Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Senior Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Quality Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Compliance Manager Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Audit Manager Internal Auditor Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Vice President Chief Finance Officer
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Compliance Manager
Internal Audit Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Compliance Manager Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Compliance Specialist Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Finance Manager Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Operation Supervisor Finance Analyst
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Bantu

  • Greek

  • Dakota

  • Cantonese

  • Persian

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Carrier

  • Afrikaans

  • Sinhala

  • Italian

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Real Lead Auditor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Auditor Cornerstone Ondemand, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Mar 09, 2016 $120,000
Lead Auditor TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 06, 2015 $106,446
Lead Auditor TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. Irvine, CA Jul 16, 2014 $106,446
Medical Device Lead Auditor TUV Sud America, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 01, 2014 $100,800
Lead Auditor TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. Boxborough, MA Aug 23, 2016 $98,717
Audit Leader Mastercard International Incorporated NY Aug 17, 2015 $95,000
Lead Auditor-Data Analytics Mead Johnson & Company, LLC Glenview, IL Sep 08, 2014 $92,914 -
Lead Auditor TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. Littleton, MA Aug 18, 2016 $89,750
Auditor (Lead Financial Auditor) Withumsmith+Brown Global Assurance New Brunswick, NJ Oct 23, 2009 $88,364
Lead Auditor Dynegy Inc. Houston, TX Sep 22, 2016 $88,000
Lead Auditor TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. Littleton, MA Aug 28, 2016 $86,250
Lead Auditor/Food Safety DNV GL Business Assurance USA, Inc. Plano, TX Aug 29, 2015 $84,996
Lead Auditor DET Norske Veritas Certification, Inc. Katy, TX Sep 21, 2011 $84,302 -
Lead Auditor at&T Services, Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 12, 2012 $83,241
SR. Lead Auditor (Food Safety) DET Norske Veritas Certification, Inc. Katy, TX Oct 01, 2009 $83,000 -
Lead Auditor/Trainer-Food Safety DET Norske Veritas Certification, Inc. Orland Park, IL Sep 03, 2013 $82,000 -
Lead Auditor SGS North America, Inc. Rutherford, NJ Oct 17, 2014 $80,163 -
Lead Auditor-Treasury GE Capital Corporation Stamford, CT Oct 15, 2013 $80,000 -
Lead Auditor Senior The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Akron, OH Sep 06, 2014 $79,248 -
Lead Auditor/Trainer-Food Safety Services DET Norske Veritas Certification, Inc. Orland Park, IL Nov 28, 2011 $77,500 -
Lead Auditor Senior The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Akron, OH Oct 29, 2010 $77,000
Lead Auditor Johnson Controls Inc. Milwaukee, WI Aug 20, 2010 $76,877 -
Lead Auditor National Grid USA Service Company Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 24, 2011 $72,097
Lead Auditor--Food Safety DNV GL Business Assurance USA, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 15, 2016 $70,600 -
Lead Auditor Senior The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Akron, OH Sep 15, 2009 $70,429
Audit Lead The Northern Trust Company Chicago, IL Sep 16, 2014 $65,000 -
Food Safety Lead Auditor SGS North America, Inc. Rutherford, NJ Sep 15, 2013 $65,000 -
Lead Auditor Scientific Certification Systems, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 01, 2014 $62,000
Lead Auditor JRMB II, Inc. Lawton, OK Sep 01, 2015 $61,069

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Top Lead Auditor Skills

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Audit Procedures
  3. Supplier Audits
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed programmatic documentation to ensure compliance with state and/or federal laws, program regulations and guidelines.
  • Designed and automated several audit procedures and adjustment reports that increased the efficiency of conducting audit of cost reports.
  • Conduct supplier audits and assessments to ISO and B.P.
  • Identified and reported on internal control weaknesses and recommended corrective action plans to Senior Management.
  • Evaluate compliance with regulatory requirements for engineering safety controls.

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