What does an Auditor do?

If you are unfamiliar with finance, understanding the role of auditing can feel like you’re navigating a new territory.  Have you ever wondered about the role of an auditor? Are you curious about what the day-to-day activities of an auditor looks like? And is auditing really as challenging as it seems?

We’re here to answer some of your questions and shed light on the essential role auditors play. Discuss the fascinating tasks they undertake, and the rewarding aspects of a career in this dynamic field.

What is the role of an auditor?

An auditor is a vital member of a comprehensive audit team responsible for determining whether a company’s financial statements present a true and fair view at the end of a specific period. At the helm is the Responsible Individual (RI). The RI is main registered auditor overseeing the team’s efforts and ultimately signing off on the audit report upon completion.

Planning the audit

The audit journey begins with the planning of the audit. This is where the team delves into the client’s circumstances, industry, systems, and operations. Based on this understanding, the team conducts a risk assessment and plans procedures accordingly.

Audit fieldwork

Once the procedure is planned, approved  and signed off by the RI, the Audit fieldwork stage kicks in. This is normally completed at the client’s premises and involves team members collaborating closely with the client’s finance team, verifying documentation such as invoices, bank statements, and payroll records, as well as investigating and interpreting information within the client’s systems.

The fieldwork stage is a rewarding experience; offering a close-up look at the client’s operations and the chance to interact with various people in different roles. Auditors engage with a diverse range of clients and industries, accumulating valuable experience along the way.

Audit Completion Stage

This is the final stage of an audit. As the audit nears completion, the team evaluates the findings, determining whether the audit report can be signed. They communicate their findings and recommend improvements to the client, highlighting any necessary adjustments to the financial statements. Throughout this process, meticulous documentation is maintained in the “audit file,” which can be either a traditional paper file or an electronic system.

Once the audit concludes, and the financial statements receive client approval, the auditor signs the audit report, marking the successful completion of a crucial financial evaluation.

Is Auditing a Hard Job?

While auditing presents its challenges, it is also a captivating and rewarding career. Auditors gain exposure to diverse industries, work with various clients, and develop key skills, including excellent communication, critical thinking, collaboration, teamwork, leadership, analytical and problem-solving skills.

In essence, being an auditor is not just about numbers; it’s about understanding and ensuring the financial health and integrity of businesses across different sectors. As a professional auditor, you not only contribute to the financial transparency of organisations but also embark on a journey of continuous learning and skill development.

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