The internal audit manager performs risk assessments for companies, focusing specifically on the organization's finances. Their complex audits relate to the compliance, operations, and finances of a company, and they must meet the standards set by the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing for each audit. They are often in regular communication with auditors outside of the company and keep up to date with current changes in their field.
An internal audit manager also constantly reviews and assesses the impacts of their recommendations on the company; their goal is to make the company as financially efficient as possible. As a manager, they likely will have a team working underneath them that they will be responsible for supervising and leading. Internal audit managers must also relay their findings and recommendations to their superiors.
An internal audit manager is expected to have a very thorough understanding of financial structures. The position requires an undergraduate degree in accounting or finance, as well as two to six years' experience. Many employers prefer a master’s degree in the field and previous managerial experience.
Internal Auditing Manager Tasks
- Conduct reviews to identify financial and business risks and assess compliance with regulations.
- Contribute to the development of strategies and procedures for carrying out internal audits.
- Evaluate internal controls to identify areas needing improvement.
- Assist in the coordination and implementation of internal audits.
- Report audit results in writing and in presentations.