Profession financial auditor

Financial auditors collect and examine financial data for clients, organisations and companies. They ensure the financial data is properly maintained and free of material misstatements due to error or fraud, that it adds up, and functions legally and effectively. They review lending and credit policies or numbers in databases and documents, evaluate, consult and assist the source of the transaction if necessary. They use their review of the client's financial governance as assurance to give testimony to the shareholders, stakeholders and board of directors of the organisation or company that all is up to par.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Corporate law

    The legal rules that govern how corporate stakeholders (such as shareholders, employees, directors, consumers, etc) interact with one another, and the responsibilities corporations have to their stakeholders.

  • Financial analysis

    The process of assessing the financial possibilities, means, and status of an organisation or individual by analysing financial statements and reports in order to make well informed business or financial decisions.

  • Economics

    Economic principles and practices, financial and commodity markets, banking and the analysis of financial data.

  • Accounting

    The documentation and processing of data regarding financial activities.

  • Accounting techniques

    The techniques of recording and summarising business and financial transactions and analysing, verifying, and reporting the results.

  • Accounting department processes

    The different processes, duties, jargon, role in an organisation, and other specificities of the accounting department within an organisation such as bookkeeping, invoices, recording, and taxing.

  • Financial department processes

    The different processes, duties, jargon, role in an organisation, and other specificities of the financial department within an organisation. Understanding of financial statements, investments, disclosing policies, etc.

  • Accounting entries

    The financial transactions recorded in accounting systems or books of a company together with the metadata linked to the entry such as the date, the amount, the accounts affected, and a description of the transaction.

Skills

  • Obtain financial information

    Gather information on securities, market conditions, governmental regulations and the financial situation, goals and needs of clients or companies.

  • Monitor banking activities

    Supervise and review banking activities such as lending and other transactions to ensure legality of these actions.

  • Observe confidentiality

    Observe the set of rules establishing the nondisclosure of information except to another authorised person.

  • Pose questions referring to documents

    Revise and formulate questions in regards to documents in general. Investigate about the completeness, confidentiality measures, style of the document, and specific instructions to handle documents.

  • Conduct financial audits

    Evaluate and monitor the financial health, the operations and financial movements expressed in the financial statements of the company. Revise the financial records to ensure stewardship and governability.

  • Analyse financial risk

    Identify and analyse risks that could impact an organisation or individual financially, such as credit and market risks, and propose solutions to cover against those risks.

  • Arrange audit

    Arrange a systematic examination of books, accounts, documents, and vouchers to ascertain how far the financial statements present a true and fair view, and to ensure that the books of accounts are properly maintained as required by law.

  • Inspect tax returns

    Inspect the documents which declare liability for taxation which is not automatically withheld from wages and salaries to ensure correct taxes are being paid by the liable individuals and organisations.

  • Check accounting records

    Revise the accounting records of the quarter and year and ensure that the accounting information reflects with accuracy the financial transactions of the company.

  • Present reports

    Display results, statistics and conclusions to an audience in a transparent and straightforward way.

  • Prepare financial auditing reports

    Compile information on audit findings of financial statements and financial management in order to prepare reports, point out improvement possibilities, and confirm governability.

  • Control financial resources

    Monitor and control budgets and financial resources providing capable stewardship in company management.

  • Develop audit plan

    Define all organisational tasks (time, place and order) and develop a checklist concerning the topics to be audited.

  • Interpret financial statements

    Read, understand, and interpret the key lines and indicators in financial statements. Extract the most important information from financial statements depending on the needs and integrate this information in the development of the department's plans.

Optional knowledge and skills

produce statistical financial records joint ventures communicate with banking professionals advise on credit rating maintain trusts financial management mergers and acquisitions internal auditing international tariffs idenfify if a company is a going concern maintain records of financial transactions analyse financial performance of a company develop financial statistics reports maintain financial records insolvency law banking activities national generally accepted accounting principles identify accounting errors fraud detection make strategic business decisions commercial law disseminate information on tax legislation ensure compliance with disclosure criteria of accounting information evaluate budgets financial jurisdiction advise on financial matters financial products advise on tax planning trace financial transactions international financial reporting standards provide support in financial calculation ensure compliance with accounting conventions liaise with shareholders use consulting techniques follow the statutory obligations financial statements tax legislation