A wide variety of companies have audit supervisors, ranging from information technology (IT) companies to the food service industry. The level of experience and education required for these positions often depend on the industry, as specialized applications may require experience in specific fields. For example, working as an audit supervisor for an IT company often requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science. However, non-specialized positions may require only a high school diploma or equivalent, although some companies prefer bachelor’s degrees in accounting, finance, or a related disciplines. Work experience requirements for positions often start with two or more years of experience in a management or audit role, though entry-level openings can be found as well.
As an audit supervisor, much of the daily work involves training and guiding other auditors. This includes both basic training and careful monitoring of auditors to ensure all protocols and policies are being carefully followed; this may include company policies and/or government regulations. Other daily tasks include handling disputes, performing scheduling, reporting on progress, and managing time budgets. All of this requires large amounts of direct interaction with the whole audit team, as well as reports to upper-level management.
Most work as an audit supervisor is done in an indoor environment with few physical requirements beyond basic tasks such as moving around the office. The job requires strong analytic skills, great communication skills, and the ability to evaluate risks in a timely manner. Work hours may vary from company to company, but standard business operating hours are common for this position.
Audit Supervisor Tasks
Schedule and manage audits, including estimating cost and staff needs.
Write up audit findings, document hours, and streamline processes.
Investigate and resolve discrepancies, potential fraud, and data gaps.
Work directly with clients to explain audits and interpret findings.