Those at practitioner level should have a developed understanding of what internal audit involves, including how to utilise essential audit tools. Your remit includes but is not limited to: documenting processes, and assessing/evaluating the effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal control within functions across an organisation. Your other development areas range from measuring effectiveness to building and strengthening relationships with senior managers and non-executive directors.
Practitioner-level auditors should have an intermediate grasp of the profession and be able to apply that knowledge to their roles. Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
IA Practitioners will understand the internal and external environment of the organisation being audited.
IA Practitioners will demonstrate an awareness of the characteristics of good corporate governance and risk management, and the role of internal audit, and will be able to assess the contribution they make to organisational effectiveness and assurance.
IA Practitioners will have an understanding of their organisation’s strategy and success measures and be cognisant of how their work contributes to the success of the function/organisation’s industry.
IA Practitioners will know the different types of controls, management control techniques, and internal control framework characteristics.
IA Practitioners will build sustainable relationships based on trust and respect, within their function and with stakeholders, on an audit by audit basis.
IA Practitioners will communicate clearly and succinctly both verbally and in writing.
IA Practitioners will collaborate effectively with other audit colleagues to gain understanding and insights to inform audits and gather data to deliver results and will be team players.
With guidance, IA Practitioners will select and use tools/techniques to obtain relevant data/information for specific audit assignments.
IA Practitioners will manage their time effectively to deliver high quality work within appropriate timelines to deliver their audit assignments and other work requirements.
IA Practitioners will be proficient in the use appropriate business systems and software e.g. sending emails, using word processing and spreadsheet software, documenting workpapers using an organisation’s appropriate audit systems etc.
IA Practitioners interpret/articulate key risks impacting organisation/wider industry.
IA Practitioners will act with integrity to their profession and the ethical code of conduct of their organisation/auditee.
IA Practitioners will add value to the organisation/department they are auditing by proactively sharing issues identified during their audit work with their line manager.
IA Practitioners will take responsibility for their own professional development by seeking out opportunities to learn and grow.
IA Practitioners will demonstrate drive and energy to get the job done and an open mindset in all their audit work, able to adapt in changing circumstances.
IA Practitioners will demonstrate an attitude that includes a questioning mind and being alert to conditions that may indicate possible misstatement of information due to error or fraud.
In addition to specific guidance to meet the needs of internal auditors at the various stages of their career, there is a generic range of functions and subject areas that inform all levels of our competence framework.
Our technical team are on-hand to answers any questions you may have, whether that be in relation to your skill-level or a specific piece of guidance.