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Working As A Staff 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

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Auditor Do At Avnet, Inc.

* Evaluate key processes, risks, and related management controls to determine consequences of gaps or business risks
* Review controls designed to safeguard resources and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
* Test internal control over financial reporting controls in accordance with the requirements of the Sarbanes
* Oxley Act
* Review the efficiency and effectiveness of Avnet’s processes and identify opportunities to improve operating performance
* Conduct quality audit engagements through effective planning, fieldwork and reporting of audit findings
* Coordinates audit activities and actively communicates status to maintain project timelines
* Effectively identify root causes and exceptions and communicate findings clearly
* Partner with process owners on corrective action activities related to non-compliance and process improvement
* Draft clear and concise audit work papers, findings and root causes
* Leverage data analytics to support audits and risk assessments
* Develop solutions to defined tasks by applying internal audit methodologies as well as company standards and procedures
* Able to perform work independently while applying effective judgment and discretion
* Communicates clearly and concisely in written and verbal formats with members of the Global Audit team and management
* Observe and share best practices with business partners and across Global Audit function
* Conduct special projects at the request of Global Audit leadership or management

What Does A Staff Auditor Do At American Express

* Assist team leaders, senior managers, and seniors in accomplishing audit objectives in a team environment
* Document processes under review
* Understands, identifies, evaluates and documents key risks and controls.
* Execute audit tests competently in accordance with policies and procedures, and with moderate supervision
* Proficient use of automated work papers and other department and company tools
* Maintain internal audit competency through ongoing professional development
* One to three years of experience in the banking industry within a public accounting, finance and/or internal audit function.
* BA or BS in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related field
* Professional certification (CIA, CISA, CPA, or equivalent) preferred
* Knowledge and experience in application of control theory and professional auditing practices
* Ability to think analytically, communicate complex issues, and develop control recommendations
* Effective written and verbal communication; ability to present control analysis and recommendations with clarity and professionalism
* Demonstrated track record of integrity, effective communication, innovation, and excellence
* Experience working in teams
* Ability to travel
* Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U
* S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions

What Does A Staff Auditor Do At Aaron's Inc.

* Identify risks and expected controls through reviewing and/or preparing process documentation, including process flow diagrams and critical path narratives
* Participate in engagement risk assessments with audit executive management
* Assist in development of audit procedures and execute audit program to support audit engagement objectives by addressing key risks and controls
* Collaborate with IT auditors to execute an integrated audit approach, as appropriate
* Utilize data analysis tools and techniques to evaluate risk and execute substantive analytical procedures
* Test design and operating effectiveness of key internal controls over financial reporting to support management’s SOX assessment
* Prepare work papers in accordance with department standards
* Assist in the preparation of timely engagement status communications and proactively escalate audit issues for timely resolution
* Evaluate root cause factors for audit testing exceptions and recommend solutions to mitigate risk and strengthen processes and controls
* Assist in drafting formal written reports and present audit results to management, including recommendations
* Assist in preparing quarterly Audit Committee communications, including timely follow-up with management on open audit recommendations

What Does A Staff Auditor Do At Grant Thornton LLP

* The IS Staff Auditor will perform specific audit procedures under the direct supervision of the senior contractors.
* Assist in the planning, execution, and completion of information systems audits, business process control reviews, and other service offerings.
* Assist in the review of operational, financial, and technology processes to provide management with an individual assessment of business risk, internal control, and the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the process.
* Develop audit programs, working papers, and internal audit reports.
* Assist clients and staff to develop client and project risk assessments, and implement opportunities.
* Work with audit and assurance teams and the client to help plan engagement strategy, help define objectives, and help address technology-related controls risks.
* Meet or exceed targeted billing hours (utilization).
* Assist with business development activities, such as proposals, capture, account teams, whitepapers, conferences, and/or other thought leadership materials

What Does A Staff Auditor Do At Genesis Healthcare

* Develop effective internal audit programs designed to efficiently test accounting internal controls.
* These programs will be reviewed and approved by Manager of Internal audit prior to implementation.
* Perform audits in accordance with auditing procedures designed above.
* Document results of audit procedures.
* Prepare preliminary audit reports, including recommendations for improved operations.
* Discuss audit results and recommendation with the Manager
* Internal Audit, and with the appropriate supervisor of the function being audited
* Develop and perform follow-up audit procedures as deemed necessary based on results.
* Performs special projects and analyses as directed by the Audit Committee,Manager
* Internal Audit, and Vice President
* Corporate Controller
* Assist external auditors in the annual GHC external audit, as determined necessary.
* Perform other duties as assigned
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How To Become A Staff 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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Staff Auditor Career Paths

Staff Auditor
Assistant Controller Finance Manager Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Accountant-Contractor Senior Accountant
Audit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Audit Manager Senior Manager Controller
Controller/Director Of Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Cost Accounting Manager Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Audit Manager Internal Auditor
Internal Audit Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Accounts Receivable Specialist Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Staff Auditor Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • German

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Hebrew

  • Ukrainian

  • Thai

  • Tagalog

  • Urdu

  • Latvian

  • Turkish

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Real Staff Auditor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Auditing Staff Kl CPA & Associates LLC New York, NY Mar 16, 2016 $96,741
Staff Auditor CGU & Co. LLP Redwood City, CA Dec 09, 2016 $87,838
Staff Auditor Plante & Moran, PLLC Auburn Hills, MI Sep 30, 2015 $85,000
Staff Auditor SPS Consulting, LLC Bethesda, MD Jan 01, 2016 $72,800
Staff Auditor Suntrust Banks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 21, 2016 $72,675
Senior Staff Auditor Lurie, LLP Minneapolis, MN Oct 05, 2016 $70,013
Staff Auditor Calibre CPA Group PLLC Bethesda, MD Oct 31, 2016 $68,000
Staff Auditor U.S. Concrete, Inc. Euless, TX Sep 21, 2016 $66,950
Staff Auditor SPS Consulting, LLC Rockville, MD Jul 09, 2015 $65,395
Audit (Staff) Weisermazars LLP New York, NY Aug 19, 2016 $65,000
Audit (Staff) Weisermazars LLP New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $65,000
Audit (Staff) Weisermazars LLP New York, NY Aug 25, 2016 $65,000
Staff Auditor Rose, Snyder & Jacobs, LLP CA Aug 21, 2016 $65,000
Staff Auditor U.S. Concrete, Inc. Euless, TX Aug 24, 2015 $65,000
Staff Auditor Plante & Moran, PLLC Auburn Hills, MI Aug 26, 2015 $57,803
Staff Auditor Hamilton Enterprises, LLC Greenbelt, MD Sep 11, 2016 $57,512
Staff Auditor American General Life Insurance Company Houston, TX Aug 23, 2016 $57,500
Staff Auditor Oliver Garrison LLC San Angelo, TX Sep 27, 2015 $57,500
Staff Auditor Western Union, LLC Englewood, CO Jan 09, 2016 $57,000
Staff Auditor Calibre CPA Group PLLC Bethesda, MD Sep 09, 2016 $57,000
Audit Experienced Staff McConnell & Jones, LLP Houston, TX Sep 14, 2015 $56,500
Staff Auditor Plante & Moran, PLLC Columbus, OH Aug 26, 2015 $56,222
Audit Staff PMB Helin Donovan, LLP Dallas, TX Jul 09, 2016 $52,000
Staff Auditor GBH CPA's PC Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $51,000
Audit Staff EKS&H LLLP Denver, CO Jul 14, 2015 $51,000
Audit Staff EKS&H LLLP Denver, CO Sep 05, 2015 $51,000
Staff Auditor GBH CPA's PC Houston, TX Oct 15, 2016 $51,000
Staff Auditor SB & Company LLC Huntingtown, MD Sep 02, 2015 $51,000
Staff Auditor Morton Alan Haas & Co. Burbank, CA Sep 18, 2015 $51,000
Staff Auditor Thomas Stephen & Company, LLP Dallas, TX Sep 15, 2016 $50,960

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Top Skills for A Staff Auditor


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Top Staff Auditor Skills

  1. Audit Procedures
  2. Internal Control Systems
  3. Compliance Audits
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed audit procedures necessary to express an opinion on financial statements.
  • Evaluated internal control systems and developed enhancement recommendations.
  • Conducted and participated in operational and compliance audits.
  • Recommended corrective measures to credit union management during field visits and prepared post audit reports detailing problems and proposed solutions.
  • Assisted on audit engagements performed in accordance with Generally Accepted Audit Standard (GAAS).

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