Internal Audit vs. Consulting Internal AuditConsulting Focused on historical data Focused on future activity Results in an audit report Results in recommendations for implementation Initiated by CAE Initiated by business manager Results provided to Audit Committee Results provided to requestor
IIA Standards & Definitions “Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.”
IIA Standards for Consulting 1000.C1- The nature of consulting services must be defined in the internal audit charter. 1130.C1 – Internal auditors may provide consulting services relating to operations for which they had previous responsibilities. 1130.C2
IIA Standards for Consulting 1210.C1 – The chief audit executive must decline the consulting engagement or obtain competent advice and assistance if the internal auditors lack the knowledge, skills, or other competencies needed to perform all or part of the engagement. 1220.C1 – Internal auditors must exercise due professional care during a consulting engagement.
IIA Standards for Consulting 1220.C11220.A1 Relative complexity and extent of work Cost/Benefit Needs and expectation of the client Adequacy/Effectiveness Probability of significant errors
IIA Standards for Consulting 2010.C1 – The chief audit executive should consider accepting proposed consulting engagements based on the engagement’s potential to improve management of risks, add value, and improve the organization’s operations. Accepted engagements must be included in the plan.
IIA Standards for Consulting 2120.C1 2120.C2 2120.C3 – When assisting management in establishing or improving risk management processes, internal auditors must refrain from assuming any management responsibility by actually managing risks.
IIA Standards for Consulting 2130.C1 – Internal auditors must incorporate knowledge of controls gained from consulting engagements into evaluation of the organization’s control processes. 2201.C1 2210.C1 2210.C2 2220.C1 2220.C2 – During consulting engagements, internal auditors must address controls consistent with the engagement’s objectives and be alert to significant control issues.
IIA Standards for Consulting 2240.C1 2330.C1 2410.C1 2440.C1 2440.C2 – During consulting engagements, governance, risk management, and control issues may be identified. Whenever these issues are significant to the organization, they must be communicated to senior management and the board. 2500.C1
Objectives Internal Audit vs. Consulting IIA Standards for Consulting Why Internal Auditors as Consultants Consulting Skills for Internal Auditors
Why Internal Auditors as Consultants
We know COSO. We know SOX. We’ve performed that same accounts payable audit the same way 3 years in a row with no major audit findings to date. It’s time to infuse our IA department with creativity and ask ourselves, what more can we be doing for our internal customer? How can we perform this audit differently to add greater value?
What Are The Risks? Risk of Political Exposure Project Failure Management Expectations Conflict of Interest Maintaining Independence and Objectivity Consulting Assignment
Consulting Skills for Auditors Include consulting services in annual audit plan/budget Define and communicate scope early and often Gain client buy-in Don’t be afraid to say no
Consulting Skills for Auditors Identify process improvement areas RVA – Real Value Added BVA – Business Value Added NVA – Non-Value Added
6 Tips for a Consultative Approach to Audit Strive to understand the business on a deeper level Align resources to critical areas of risk Develop in-house expertise Build trust through relationships Offer something extra Speak business, not audit
Now It’s Your Turn… Does your internal audit department offer consulting services? What concerns/questions do you have that this presentation did not address? What advice can you offer to the person sitting next to you about internal audit and/or consulting? What is one thing you learned from today’s presentation or networking?