QA-Z Consulting Specialists offers tips for selection of an in-house Internal Auditor.
Selecting one of the personnel to become an Internal Auditor for new Quality or Health & Safety Management System is not a difficult task.
Firstly, select from one or two of the management team. However, this is only to ensure there is professional distance and respect from fellow workers. Often a spouse or another person within the organisation who fits the role can perform equally well.
Secondly, it may be of assistance to know what the duties of an Internal Auditor are and the personal/professional competencies required. The practical duties are largely derived from the standard to which an organisation complies, for example, ISO 9001 or AS/NZS 4801.
The practical duties of an Internal Auditor include the following:
- Assessing importance of processes
- Scheduling audits
- Creating audit programmes
- Preparation of audit checklists
- Conducting internal audits
- Reporting on activity from each audit
- Maintaining records
- Follow-up activities to close out corrective action
Personal and professional attributes should include the following:
- Being organised
- Good record keeping skills
- Competence in working with systems and processes
- Having a good eye for detail
- Being respected by fellow workers
- Be assertive but not an authoritarian
- An achiever not a procrastinator
- A sound knowledge of the processes
- Good follow-up skills
An Internal Auditor need not forsake a current job to fulfil the above duties. This is, of course, dependent upon the size of the organisation and the number and frequency of processes which require auditing.