Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for an internal audit director.

The Internal Audit Director is responsible for planning and executing a risk-based audit plan to evaluate, report on and make recommendations for improving the company's key operational and finance activities and internal controls. The position requires the director to issue directives to every staff of the auditing group.

More responsibilities for this post includes - identifying and assisting in documenting existing internal financial records, executing and documenting new internal controls, establishing an internal monitoring function that helps in auditing the company's compliance with the internal controls set, launching ''cross-selling'' business to other practices, promoting new ideas and business solutions that result in extended services to existing clients.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Seek to improve that which does not please the supervisors

Set daily targets and ensure they are completed before the close of each working day

[employee comments goal]

Concentrate the energies and focus on doing the very best every day

Work on skills development that will grow the level of expertise

[employee comments goal]

Put extra effort in tasks that need to be prioritized and innovate methods to take on new tasks

Work on accepting all types of change positively and handling changing workloads in response to changing circumstances

[employee comments goal]

Break the problem down into smaller problems that are easily solvable until one is left with the actual cause of the problem

Talk with people who are experts in solving problems or those who are attached to the situation at hand and try to get a solution to the problem

[employee comments goal]

Suggest alternative dates for a deadline if one feels the deadline is unrealistic or try to find out which tasks one can put on hold in order to meet the deadline

Share problems and tasks with other employees but learn to say not to them when one is short of time

[employee comments goal]

Take the time to understand the payroll process and make sure it is secure before writing checks for the employees

Use business accounting software in order to maintain clean and timely financial records and accurate company transactions

[employee comments goal]

Work with colleagues to keep team knowledge updated and put in place effective mechanisms for being alerted on new knowledge

Show willingness to adopt to new ideas that can improve own knowledge capabilities

[employee comments goal]

Learn to break bigger issues into smaller manageable parts when handling complex research situations

Learn to use appropriate data collection methods when gathering data

[employee comments goal]

Apply the best practices and standards when scheduling projects and other activities

Maintain an updated list of activities and track all project schedules

[employee comments goal]

Learn how to connect with the target audience when writing reports and proposals

Learn how to convey technical and complex information and ideas in an appropriate format and language

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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