Auditors do essential work for businesses, non-profits and other organizations, helping them ensure their financial records are accurate and that they follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). It’s a rewarding job, but you may want to know more about what an auditor does during the average workday. We asked Mallory Howard, one of our senior auditors, to tell us about her typical day at Marshall Jones.
Making a Plan for the Day
Auditors are committed to staying on top of the work they’re doing for clients. Mallory usually starts her day by looking at her calendar and preparing for any meetings she has coming up. She also creates a record of what she worked on the previous day and how much time she spent on every project. This process allows the firm to keep track of the work she does for each client.
Mallory also likes to check her email early in the morning — keeping her inbox empty helps her stay on track and ensure her email is organized. When an email includes a new assignment or requires some time to write a response, Mallory will schedule blocks of time on her calendar for taking care of this new work. Time blocking helps her ensure everything she wants to accomplish that day is included in her daily schedule and she can move the email out of her inbox.
Working on Behalf of Our Clients
After she sets her plan for the day, Mallory turns her attention to her top priorities for assisting Marshall Jones’ clients. These tasks typically include fieldwork, which is an essential part of the audit process. During fieldwork, Mallory and her colleagues gather and analyze documents and other information from the organization they’re auditing. With these details, Mallory makes sure everything is running smoothly and that the organization’s financial statements are accurate and consistent.
Drafting those financial statements is another important of Mallory’s day. Financial statements are records that provide a full picture of an organization’s assets and money — what it owns, how much it earns and how much it spends. High-quality financial statements allow an organization to understand its operations better and make improvements. They also give investors, government authorities and others access to reliable information about the organization.
Throughout the day, Mallory may also communicate with the firm’s clients and with colleagues who are working with her on particular audits. When she’s not working from home, she also enjoys chatting and catching up with her colleagues.
At the end of the day, Mallory makes sure to wrap up any urgent or time-sensitive tasks and begins creating her schedule for the next work day.
Learn More About a Career in Auditing
The fulfillment and enjoyment we find in our work is a key part of how Marshall Jones has become one of Atlanta’s top CPA firms. If you’re considering becoming an auditor, contact our team today to learn more about the profession and your opportunities with our firm.