Quality Auditor Job Description

A Quality Auditor job involves performing audits either internally or on the supplier. Generally reports to the Quality Assurance Manager. Generally, the scope of the auditor is limited to internal audits. However, the profile includes supplier audits also. The position provides exposure to internal procedures and processes. There are different levels for an auditor to work. He might be assigned with a part of business or assisting the Lead Auditor across the business. The main attribute for an auditor needed in Independence from the process being audited.

The Typical Quality Auditor job description is as below.

  • Develop and coordinate audit schedules with process areas.
  • Generate audits reports, share and coordinate results within the organization.
  • Collect and summarize audit data for metrics and reporting.
  • Collect and summarize audit data for metrics and reporting.
  • Revise, refine, update and recommend changes to policies, procedures, artifacts and local support materials.
  • Issue and monitor non-conformance (CAPA/CPAR) documents.
  • Review corrective action submittals for acceptance.
  • Perform follow-up audits for effectiveness.
  • Develop and revise audit checklists.
  • Analyze and maintain trending data and submit reports, as required.
  • Present audit summaries, lessons learned and recommend actions for continuous improvement.
  • Represent Quality at program kick off meetings and IPP reviews.
Skill Requirements

  • Very good analytical skill.
  • Good investigative and error-spotting skills.
  • Good in number crunching.
  • Good at creating reports using various tools and applications.
  • Should be good at communication and persuasion.
  • Learning to be objective rather than going strictly by the rule book.
  • Being able to perform risk analysis to the satisfaction of the stakeholders or departments.
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Originally posted 2013-10-20 13:26:00.

What is an Audit

According to ISO 9000, the following is the definition.
An audit is Systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which audit criteria are fulfilled
Comparison of activity : You look at what is done and how it is done; and Compare it with the processes / procedures describing this, the way it should be done
If there are differences you have a “finding” (possibly even a non-conformity).
The Auditor should look for :

  • Fact finding’ (not ‘fault finding’)
  • The auditor should seek “compliance” (implementation) of the Process not “non-compliance” with it
  • Focus on ‘Performance’ as well as ‘Conformance’
  • Focus on audit for ‘Continuous Improvement’
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Originally posted 2011-05-23 00:59:00.