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Internal audit

The importance and visibility of internal audit has never been greater. Now more than ever, management, audit committee members and other stakeholders are demanding a world-class internal audit function. The cost of failure is too high.

Our comprehensive risk-based and process-driven approach improves internal audit performance and efficiency while adding true value to the organisation. We work closely and collaboratively with our clients, providing the full range of services, such as helping to set up an effective and strategically positioned internal audit function, enhancing existing departments, providing specialised resources or outsourcing their entire internal audit function.

Our practitioners have the knowledge, technology and experience across a broad spectrum of industries, along with a distinctive approach, to make us uniquely qualified to help. We work closely with our clients to build world-class internal audit processes that become critical in helping management assess the current situation and strengthen the entire organisation.

Cosourcing services

Increasingly, internal audit departments are leveraging the benefits of cosourcing to supplement their internal audit team with external resources or specialised skills. Cosourcing provides a flexible solution to the resourcing needs of an in-house internal audit department. Resources and specialised skills can be procured from an external service provider at the right level at the right time without permanently increasing the head-count of the department.

Resource enhancement

Whether it is during peak periods, as a direct result of a special project, or engaging extra talent to complement existing resources, some organisations find it necessary to temporarily access additional resources. We can provide you with skilled internal audit professionals to complete special projects or fill vacant internal audit positions to enable the completion of your annual internal audit plan.

Specialised skills

We can provide your internal audit team with specialised skills in a wide variety of areas such as information technology, regulatory compliance, private banking, capital market, human resources to name just a few.

Outsourcing

Outsourcing the entire internal audit function to an external provider can be an effective business solution to allow management to focus its time and effort on the core competencies of the organisation. The expectations of internal audit are increasing while the challenges in maintaining an in-house department are many:

  • Attracting and retaining internal audit talent, especially in specialised skill areas.
  • Access to leading-edge internal audit tools and methodologies.
  • Need for international, cultural and language skills.
  • Lack of relevant training for internal audit professionals.
  • For small organisations, having an in-house internal audit function might be cost-ineffective while not encompassing all the necessary fields of expertise.

We work with clients to seamlessly fill the role and serve as the organisation's internal audit department, addressing the above issues because internal auditing is our core competency. With access to world-class methodologies, automated tools and expertise in specialised areas across a wide variety of industries, our internal audit professionals create value-added internal audit functions.

Internal audit function setup

We can help you to build a leading edge internal audit function that conveys your strategic objectives and supports the realisation through truly adding value to your organisation.

Our comprehensive and proven Fast Start framework can help you get your internal audit function up and running quickly, intelligently and cost effectively.

Within a couple of months, our highly experienced internal audit professionals can have your internal audit function up and running. Our Fast Start services include understanding the organisation's expectations and perceptions of internal audit, and designing a function that meets your needs, budget and organisational culture. The components include:

  • Mission and charter (ready for audit committee approval)
  • Development of a risk-based audit plan
  • Staffing model options (pros and cons; position descriptions)
  • Infrastructure recommendations (methodology and technology)

Internal audit function review and enhancement

Today, more than ever, the importance of the internal audit function is acknowledged. Pressure to provide value is heightened.

Additionally, the recently revised Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Standards require a periodic external assessment of internal audit activity to appraise the quality of the operations.

Our internal audit function reviews look at internal audit's ability to help an organisation achieve business objectives and strategies.

We help clients measure the quality of their internal audit function to ensure and sustain its value to the organisation. Using proven methodology and a customised approach, we assess the department's:

  • structure
  • technology use
  • methodologies
  • people
  • approach and performance relative to plans
  • policies and procedures relative to professional standards
  • best practices
  • needs of internal audit customers

The results, which are communicated to management and/or the audit committee, act as a catalyst for change, resulting in greater assurance and enhanced client satisfaction.

Strategic audit plan development

Enterprise risks are increasing exponentially while the ability to manage these risks is not keeping pace. Increasingly, companies are looking to risk assessment as a way to identify and assess risks either across the organisation as a whole or within specific aspects of the business.

For internal audit departments, risk assessment is a key element in the development of the annual risk-based internal audit plan. The identification, prioritisation and sourcing of key organisational risks is critical to ensuring that internal audit resources are allocated to the areas that matter most.

Accordingly, we help our clients design risk-driven internal audit plans that are needed to reach specific objectives of management or boards of directors. This typically entails defining the audit universe, prioritising audit activities and recommending a schedule of audits to be performed.

Contacts

  • Laurent Berliner
    Partner - EMEA Financial Services Industry Enterprise Risk Services Leader
  • Michaël Blaise
    Directeur - Business Risk
  • Jérôme Sosnowski
    Directeur - Business Risk
  • David Cau
    Directeur - Business Risk
  • Ruth Bültmann
    Partner - Strategy & Corporate Finance

Related links

  • ExternalURL
    Making the most of the internal audit function: recommendations for Directors and Board Committees
    This document is a practical tool for directors and board committees developed by the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA), in close cooperation with the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa).
  • Outsourcing/cosourcing internal audit | Brochure
    Improve service quality, better address risks and manage costs more efficiently.
  • Renforcement des responsabilités et des prérogatives de l'audit interne | Press article
    L’IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) a procédé à une révision des normes pour la pratique professionnelle de l’audit interne.

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