If you're looking for a career that offers responsibility, variety, and can really make a difference to an organisation, you may wish to consider auditing. And I'm not talking about the financial kind!
Contrary to what some people believe, auditing isn't restricted to finance. Auditors tend to specialise in key areas, and these could be quality assurance, workplace health and safety, environmental management, and so on.
Monitoring Quality Assurance
Taking quality assurance as an example, the auditor becomes a key factor in the success of an organisation, by being assigned to assess and monitor systems and procedures, identify risk, and suggest new strategies.
This is carried out using ISO quality assurance management system criteria as a guide.
While technically anyone can become a quality assurance auditor, it can be very helpful if the trainee has had hands-on production experience, and therefore better understands the demands and challenges.
Right First Time, Every Time
Quality assurance training courses are very thorough and should not be confused with quality control. Whereas quality control is rather like bolting the stable door after the horse has bolted, quality assurance is designed to get it right first time, every time.
An ISO 9001 Lead Auditor must be able to examine and report on all areas of an organisation and, as such, must possess excellent communication skills, a critical eye and an analytical mind. It is his or her job to help the organisation avoid mistakes that may lead to inferior quality products.
Auditing ensures a product is 'fit for purpose' - ie appropriate and safe for the intended purpose; and 'right first time', thus reducing returns and replacements, saving money and avoiding poor customer reviews.