Internal Auditor job description guide

Hiring an Internal Auditor

The scope of an Internal Auditor’s role is broad, and can potentially touch on all areas of an organisation from the finance department to IT, and even company culture and ethics.

The Internal Auditor is responsible for conducting audits of the organisation’s financial and accounting systems including internal control systems, as well as evaluating business operations and corporate governance.

In addition to liaising with the company’s external auditors, the Internal Auditor will make recommendations that could lead to improvements in risk management, reporting, corporate governance and operational efficiency. To ensure independence, the Internal Auditor reports to the Board of Directors.

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An Internal Auditor career

A career as an Internal Auditor brings plenty of variety, potentially spanning all areas of an organisation from the finance department to IT, and even company culture and ethics.

As an Internal Auditor, you will conduct audits of the organisation’s financial and accounting systems, monitor internal controls and, in larger companies, your role may extend to evaluating business operations and corporate governance.

You will be expected to document and analyse your findings, and make recommendations that could lead to improvements in risk management, reporting, corporate governance and operational efficiency. A key aspect of the Internal Auditor role involves liaising with the company’s external auditors, making good team skills essential. Maintaining an independent outlook is critical, and to preserve this, the Internal Auditor reports to the Board of Directors, providing opportunities for you to work directly with business leaders.

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Internal Auditor duties and responsibilities

The role of an Internal Auditor covers a range of duties and responsibilities, including:

  • Conducting regular reviews and audits of the company’s business activities
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of internal controls
  • Identifying and reporting on areas of weakness in internal controls and business practices
  • Offering recommendations to manage risk, and encourage compliance with existing internal controls and external requirements
  • Preparing an audit work program with a focus on the specific risks to be addressed
  • Maintaining comprehensive work papers and audit trail
  • Providing analysis that may lead to enhanced security and operational efficiencies

Internal Auditor qualifications and requirements

It is highly desirable for an Internal Auditor to hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Accounting or Business Studies.

Additional accounting qualifications to consider include CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) or CCSA (Certification in Control Self-Assessment).

An Internal Auditor should also have the following personal skills and experience:

  • Three or more years of internal audit experience
  • A good understanding of Japanese Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (JGAAP), US GAAP, or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Ability to work independently, manage concurrent deadlines and multiple priorities
  • Strong analytical abilities and attention to detail
  • Clear and concise documentation skills
  • Excellent Japanese and English business language skills – both oral and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills to liaise with a wide cross-section of the company team and external auditors

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