Agile business practices have moved beyond IT to create high-performing teams in other areas. By Oliver Rowe Like many internal functions and most business areas, Nationwide Building Society’s 80-strong internal audit team is always under pressure to do more with less or the same amount of resources, according to Eleanor Taylor. Taylor, a senior manager… Read More Introducing agile into internal audit
By Alan Simpson CA Part of the role of the internal audit function is to follow up on the agreed management action plan based on the audit recommendations, and the completion timescale for implementing them. This article looks at the purpose and importance of the role of that follow-up process. Why follow up? An important… Read More Following up internal audit findings
The role of internal audit within a business has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, writes Niall May. Internal audit activities are today considered tools for value addition in the forms of assurer, assessor and advisor. It is well recognised by many senior business leaders that internal audit has an increasingly important role in the… Read More Internal audit: watchdog or trusted advisor?
By Neil Amato Internal pressure is a pervasive threat to the objectivity inherent in internal audit, according to new research. More than half of North American chief audit executives (CAEs) surveyed said they had been directed to omit or modify an important audit finding at least once, and 49% said they had been directed not… Read More “Pervasive” Pressure Challenges Internal Audit’s Objectivity
By Neil Amato As the role of the internal auditor shifts, through regulatory changes or a more volatile economy, so, too, do the skills required to do the job well. The skills shift is demonstrated by what companies expect of the internal audit function. Technical skills are a prerequisite, but those skills alone are not… Read More The Effective Internal Auditor: 7 Key Attributes
By George Cavaleros Internal audit is not a one-size-fits-all function, and typically not everyone in the organisation agrees on what its primary focus should be. If you ask yourself as an audit committee member what you see as internal audit’s primary function—assurance and value protection, strategic focus and value creation, business risk insights and risk… Read More Harnessing the Full Potential of an Internal Audit