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Become A Senior Quality Assurance Auditor

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Working As A Senior Quality Assurance 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 Senior Quality Assurance Auditor Do At Cigna

* Complete assigned audits in a timely manner
* Follow up and respond to inquiries from the auditee regarding audit work performed
* Identify and report error trends to Management
* Work with management in developing appropriate remediation steps to address audit findings and error trends
* Train other auditors and create job aids and other related material for the OE Internal Monitoring department
* Develop subject matter expertise in areas audited and become resource for the team
* Ability to meet production demands and maintain a high level of quality.
* This may include occasional overtime, especially during the peak seasons
* Supports and drives process improvement to further enhance service outcomes; opportunities for streamlining processes and procedures, reducing rework
* Supports and reinforces updated and/or new information; SOPs, tools, system enhancements, workflows, etc

What Does A Senior Quality Assurance Auditor Do At Quintilesims

* Plan, schedule, conduct, report and close audit activities in any of the countries involved with IQVIA contracts.
* Audits are conducted to assess compliance with applicable regulations/guidelines, customer requirements, IQVIA SOPs and project specific guidelines/instructions.
* Evaluate audit findings and prepare and distribute reports to operations staff, management, and customers.
* Provide interpretation and consultation to project teams on regulations, guidelines, compliance status, and policies and procedures.
* Provide consultation to customers and monitors in interpretation of audit observations and formulation of corrective action plans.
* Prepare and review and approve corrective action plans
* Present educational programs and provide guidance to operational staff on compliance procedures.
* Conduct quality assurance consultancy activities and projects for clients within budget and established timelines.
* Evaluate policies and procedures for compliance with applicable regulations/guidelines and provide recommendations to management for continuous process improvements.
* Host customer audits.
* Assist in hosting mock regulatory inspections and regulatory facility inspections by acting as scribe and/or reviewing documents and identifying and calling operational staff to answer questions as needed.
* Ensure proper conduct of customer-initiated audits and mock regulatory inspections, and assist in regulatory facility inspections.
* Assist in training of new Quality Assurance staff

What Does A Senior Quality Assurance Auditor Do At Nuvasive, Inc.

* May include one or more of the following.
* An area of specialty within these tasks may be assigned.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Support the NuVasive QMS internal audit program by identifying audit needs and performing audits of internal US and international NuVasive affiliate sites.
* These audits will vary in frequency, scope, and depth depending on business and compliance requirements, and will be customized to the capability, performance, and risk levels of the auditee organizations.
* Schedule and conduct internal audits in the capacity of lead auditor, in accordance with internal procedures.
* Present the internal audit program to external auditors.
* Audits will typically be performed to evaluate conformity with ISO 13485, 21CFR820, 21CFR1271, AATB, MDD, CMDCAS, and other relevant external standards and regulations, as well as interal Quality Manual and related procedures.
* Administration of the internal audit program will include the development of internal audit schedules, classifying the audit subjects based on risk and previous audit performance levels.
* Document and track assigned audit observations and recommendations to closure through the corrective action (CAPA) system, and provide leadership and guidance to members of the organization in the resolution of quality system deficiencies in accordance with regulatory requirements and standards.
* Schedule, track and complete effectiveness checks as needed for both corrections and corrective action (CAPA) activities

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How To Become A Senior Quality Assurance 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).  

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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Senior Quality Assurance Auditor Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    56.1%
  • Male

    42.0%
  • Unknown

    2.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.1%
  • Asian

    9.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.3%
  • Black or African American

    2.3%
  • Unknown

    1.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    29.4%
  • Chinese

    11.8%
  • German

    11.8%
  • Italian

    11.8%
  • Zulu

    5.9%
  • Japanese

    5.9%
  • French

    5.9%
  • Russian

    5.9%
  • Polish

    5.9%
  • Korean

    5.9%
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Real Senior Quality Assurance Auditor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Quality Assurance Auditor Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Rensselaer, NY Oct 01, 2012 $93,679
Senior QA Auditor Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. Rensselaer, NY Jan 01, 2011 $86,000
Senior Quality Assurance Auditor Quintiles, Inc. Overland Park, KS Jan 04, 2014 $75,774 -
$78,370
Assurance Audit Senior BDO USA, LLP Washington, DC Aug 31, 2015 $70,000
Assurance Audit Senior BDO USA, LLP McLean, VA Aug 31, 2015 $70,000
Senior Quality Assurance Auditor Quintiles, Inc. Overland Park, KS Jan 03, 2011 $68,744 -
$75,000
Senior Quality Assurance Auditor American Airlines, Inc. TX May 06, 2015 $67,900 -
$90,910
Senior Quality Assurance Auditor American Airlines, Inc. TX May 13, 2015 $67,900 -
$90,910
Senior Quality Assurance Auditor American Airlines, Inc. TX May 18, 2015 $67,900 -
$90,910

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Top Skills for A Senior Quality Assurance Auditor

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Top Senior Quality Assurance Auditor Skills

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Quality Audits
  3. Audit Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored departmental training requirements to ensure compliance.
  • Perform internal quality audits of the six major quality systems to comply with cGMP and FDA standards.
  • Performed periodic audits of the company and contract agencies in compliance with the audit procedures.
  • Review and write Standard Operating Procedures to meet regulatory requirements.
  • Conducted project specific inspections of laboratory procedures to ensure compliance with FDA guidelines, methods, protocols and standard operating procedures.

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