How to write an Internal Auditor job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Internal Auditor job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Internal Auditor job titles

    Internal Auditor
    Senior Internal Auditor
    Finance and Operations Auditor
    Auditor

Internal Auditor job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Internal Auditor job summary

If you’re as creative as you are analytical, we need you to join our financial management team as an Internal Auditor. You’ll be responsible for creating, from scratch, an internal auditing system that detects and tracks mistakes in data, streamlines risk assessment, creates criteria for initiating audits and analyses data for reasonable conclusions. We need an innovative, forward-thinking professional who doesn’t mind digging into data and searching for potential loopholes and vulnerabilities. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. The ideal candidate will have a background in accounting and auditing as well as a professional certification.

Internal Auditor responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Internal Auditor responsibilities

    Test the operation and tweak the design of existing financial controls
    Maintain and cultivate a master inventory of our businesses policies, practices and processes
    Improve customer care by initiating improvements to the financial control and auditing process
    Perform inquiries and testing as needed to identify and resolve vulnerabilities
    Develop new audit programs to ensure adequate financial controls
    Plan internal client meetings and oversee financial disclosures
    Make recommendations to financial management about software, policies and audit triggers
    Create and update internal audit plan

Internal Auditor qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Internal Auditor skills

    2+ years’ experience in internal auditing
    CPA or CIA certification
    Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills
    Strong organisational and project management skills
    Firm understanding of Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Section 404
    Knowledge of accounting best practices
    Strong computer skills
    Ability to learn industry standards

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