How does your Audit department compare to the highest performing audit functions?

Posted by | December 10, 2018 | Latest Audit Information & News, Uncategorized

This week we take a look at the makeup of the successful audit team and how you go about analysing how your current team is performing?

Building the Competencies for Internal audit by IIA

Determine what is missing and take action!

Ask probing questions:

CAEs should assess the internal audit activity by asking probing and specific questions about the department’s maturity and structure, to determine if there are areas where competencies are failing.

Once the questions have been asked and the assessments have been completed, if the internal audit activity is found lacking, the bigger question is, “How do the internal auditors get to where they need to be?”

Here are suggestions on how to begin to first determine what is missing, take action, and then end with a re-engineered, well-structured, and progressive internal audit activity that conforms to the Standards and meets the expectations of the organization.

Perform an unofficial self-assessment:

Performing a self-assessment allows for fine tuning — increased productivity, narrowing of knowledge and performance gaps, and mastering of tasks. CAEs can use the following KPIs to measure internal audit efficiency and effectiveness:

  • The number of certified auditors on staff.
  • Collective knowledge of IT risks and controls and fraud risks and controls.
  • Staff CPE hours.
  • Opportunities to develop competencies.
  • Consideration of organisational changes, industry changes, and relevant regulatory issues.
  • Demonstration of critical thinking and problem-solving skills and Stakeholder satisfaction.

Invest in talent management efforts:

Develop well-thought-out and well-developed approaches geared to optimize the workforce.

For effectiveness, and to build, engage, and retain the best audit departments, CAEs will do well to develop strategies that include measuring what is needed from their existing staff members, what is needed from anticipated additions to staff, and, just as important, what their staff needs from them as leaders.

Where skillsets are in high demand, coordinating with both your internal hr specialists and/or engaging with a niche specialist recruiter can also ensure you not only get access to many candidates who are not “active” in the marketplace but also help save you time and money throughout on the hiring process.

Conduct a gap analysis:

The gap analysis will identify strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities, and compare the actual performance of the audit team with the desired performance. The desired state ares:

  • Auditors are familiar with the Standards and the IPPF.
  • The department is fully aligned with the organisational strategic plan
  • The department is performing up to its potential.
  • The department has the competencies to perform audits.
  • The department has the resources to develop advanced methodologies and practices
  • The department has access to tools and resources needed to perform audits and
  • The department makes the best use of its resources.

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