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Soft Skills in Auditing

The role and function of internal audit has evolved to now include a much broader spectrum of activities & responsibilities than the traditional role. The great economic uncertainties facing companies and the growing pressures bearing down on internal audit functions direct the auditors to think outside the box and expand their competencies. Whereas the internal auditor was previously responsible for the independent evaluation and reporting on the effectiveness of internal control to the Board and audit Committee, audit practitioners are now expected to work with management and add value by assisting them in improving business operations. This course will give you the skills to be an effective value-adding internal consultant to the organization whilst still remaining the board’s trusted and objective monitor of internal control.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

The practical tools, techniques and inter-personal skills that you will learn on the course will help you maximize your contribution to the organization as a value-adding internal auditor. This course will help attendees understand different ways roles and practices can be used to improve organisational performance and growth.

Who should attend?

Managers & Directors & Heads in following areas/with following responsibilities: Internal Audit/Internal Controls/Internal Auditor/ Chief Audit Executive To ensure we meet your expectations and maximize your return on training investment, we favor a classroom/workshop set up for the delivery of our courses. Please note we have therefore limited number of spaces available and these will be assigned on a first come, first accepted basis. We recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

The New Dimensions of Internal Audit Function – Assessing the Tone at the Top and Ethics

• Assessing the role of the internal auditoras a proactive internal consultant in the organization

• Examining the changing perception and expectations of the role

• Interacting with the auditees -Working with the organizational systems and culture

• Exploring critical success attributes for the internal audit department

• “Auditor with an edge” -Reviewing personal attributes needed to undertake the job  

Streamlining your Consulting Concept - Conceptualize Your Consulting Approach

• Evaluating characteristics of successful advisors

• Mapping your audit approach to your consulting approach

• Differentiating an internal audit from a consulting assignment

• Adding value and creating opportunities

• Performing a high-level self-assessment of your internal audit activities  

Reviewing the Effectiveness of Your Internal Audit Function – Exhibiting Qualities of a Modern Internal Auditor

• Building the right relationship with audities

• Instilling trust and confidence in your team and your client

• Projecting a positive demeanor and building credibility in the organization

• Building credibility in the organization

• Determining gaps between your existing and desired knowledge, skills, and    abilities  

Transforming into Strategically-Minded Business Partner to Provide Confidence and Demonstrate Value

• Identifying your stakeholders

• Assessing their level of buy-in and support

• Mapping to understand what is important to them

• Demonstrating independence, objectivity, consistency and business    understanding

• Cooperating with more and more “audit-aware” business partners with increasingly   growing knowledge and demands

• Leveraging opportunities through innovation, risk management endeavors,   board committee relationships and other

• Objectively reviewing management’s conduct and objectivity  

Examining the Critical Role of Audit in Continuous Business Process Improvement

• Approaching audit as a part of an overall plan for continuous improvement

• Thinking outside the box - Identifying opportunities for improvement

• The art of sustainable improvement

• Recognizing how to use your current role and experience to improve overall   business performance

• Reviewing & Revitalizing existing processes to offer the best possible solution   for your organisation  

Models for Diagnosing and Problem Solving – Aligning Internal Audit Coverage to Meet “New” Expectations

• Exploring useful and available models in your toolbox

• Problem solving techniques

• Questioning existing techniques to achieve efficiency

• Determining how to change practices used over the time to keep adding more   value and improvingoperations  

Elevating the Role to a Strategic Business Partner - Making an Right Impact

• Strategic contributions versus Tactical accomplishments

• Taking ownership & adding value

• Getting buy-in for your proposals and recommendations

• Handling objections and disagreements about your recommendations

• Reviewing your consultancy projects and measuring implementation   effectiveness

• Exploiting the more technologically savvy and information curious approach

• Understanding and using areas of personal power and influence

• Maintaining stature with the Audit Committee  

Benefits to you

• Transform into strategically-minded business partner to provide confidence and demonstrate value 

 • Manage the strategic, tactical and operational aspects of your role as an internal consultant to the organization  

• Auditor – moving away from a perception of a “ technician” to a “contributor to the overall company growth”  

• Cement an effective relationship between the audit committee and internal auditors  

• Build collaborative relationships with the auditees - Instill trust & confidence  

• Break the barriers and departmental silos in order to gain complete understanding of the process audited and to interact with the people relevant to the audit at hand  

• Examine the critical role of audit in continuous business process improvement  

• Build your confidence and know-how in identifying and recommending business process improvements  

•Access proven methods for aligning an audit with real business priorities – the most critical step for delivering value-added results  

•Develop simple but effective techniques for "no surprises" audit communications in order to build trust while delivering bold messages  

•Learn "value vs volume" audit skills that actually help transform the perception of the audit function

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

Pre-course questionnaire: A detailed questionnaire will be sent to all course participants to establish exactly where the group training needs lie. The completed forms will be analyzed by the course leader/trainer and followed by telephone if further clarification is required. As a result we can guarantee that the course is pitched at exactly the right level and that the issues that you regard as relevant are addressed. The course material will reflect these issues and will enable you to digest the subject matter after the event in your own time.

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"This course will allow my company to develop its existing strategies to a much greater and hopefully profitable level."

Managing Director, Tarmac