Internal Audit

The PwC Internal Audit

Every successful business is underpinned by robust governance and controls and this includes an effective and valued Internal Audit function – one that is aligned to the strategic objectives of the organisation and able to deliver genuine insight. In today’s expanding risk landscape and ever increasing stakeholder expectations, Internal Audit has emerged as a critical lever for change. At PwC, we are driving Internal Audit innovation merging the skills of our people with a robust, leading edge Internal Audit approach and state-of-the-art technology. The result is The PwC Internal Audit. 

We tailor our solutions to match your individual business needs and we have the flexibility and agility to bring you the right expertise at the right time. We look deeper and see further, considering areas like your organisation’s culture and behaviours to help you improve and embed control. In short, we make sure every hour we spend working with you is impactful, addresses the right risks and seeks to add maximum value to your organisation.

Our experience spans many industries and economy sectors including providing Internal Audit services to Financial Institutions (Banks, Investment Firms, Insurance companies), the Public Sector, and other industries such as Retail, Manufacturing, Hospitality & Leisure, Shipping, etc.

What's on your mind?

I need to set up an Internal Audit function but I’m not sure where to start?

You want to move forward with a model that is right for you but need guidance on the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of different resource models to help you identify what will best suit your needs.

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How does my Internal Audit function compare?

You’re not necessarily concerned about how your function is performing and the value it is delivering. However, you feel you could benefit from an external perspective on how your function compares to leading practices and learn from others.

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My Internal Audit function needs to evolve. How do I inject fresh thinking?

You sense complacency may have set in, stakeholder interaction and reporting are stale and the function is struggling to add value, bring insight and innovate.

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How do I get my stakeholders to understand and agree on the role and remit of Internal Audit?

There isn’t a common view across the organisation as to how Internal Audit provides assurance over key risks and there is a plethora of assurance providers that aren’t joined up. You need help to achieve consistency and consensus.

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I would like to transform our governance arrangements. How do I get a view on what Internal Audit should do?

You see an opportunity to align and possibly redefine the monitoring and control environments of each line of defence. You can see the benefits such a transformation programme could make to the control environment and operational efficiency but don’t know where to begin to quantify these.

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How we can help

Whether you need to establish an Internal Audit function, would like to evaluate future options for your current function or would merely like to augment pre-existing skillsets, The PwC Internal Audit can support you through our Advisory, Outsourcing or Co-sourcing solutions.

 

 

Internal Audit outsourcing

An outsourced service provided through a combination of a dedicated, core delivery service team and a virtual team comprising the broadest range of specialists.

 

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Internal Audit co-sourcing

In our co-sourcing arrangements, we work in partnership with our clients, taking a variety of roles and responsibilities, but overall reporting to the head of Internal Audit.

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Advisory Services

Related to any aspect of Internal Audit including methodology and tools.

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Internal Controls Optimisation

With companies facing increasing regulatory and competitive pressures in today’s business environment, managing risk has climbed up in the ranks of the executive agenda. The internal control environment of companies is an area to which more and more executives are turning towards to obtain assurance, and to keep an eye on business processes, policies and results.

At PwC we have the expertise to support our clients in transforming risk and complexity to their advantage, and utilise internal controls in a strategic manner driven by capabilities and performance. Internal controls optimisation is key in improving the alignment of the control environment to the risks that the company faces, and thereby improve the company’s ability to effectively and efficiently manage these risks.

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External Quality Assessments/Internal Audit effectiveness reviews

The rapidly changing business environment and risk landscape drive Boards and Audit Committees to raise their expectations of internal audit, requiring them to deliver more value more efficiently. Heads of internal audit are responding to this challenge by obtaining external quality assessment reviews to improve the quality of their function and its conformity with International Internal Audit ("IIA") Standards, stakeholder expectations and leading practice.

The primary internal audit performance improvement service offered by PwC is an External Quality Assessment (EQA), performed using a proprietary approach and technology known as Profiler™.  Clients typically may require such a service if they desire a perspective on how their internal audit group is performing relative to leading practices and/or professional standards, or at the onset of developing a Strategic Plan.  Areas to be reviewed may encompass the entire spectrum of internal audit strategy and operations or be very specific to a certain area.

 

 

 

 

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Training Services

Internal audit training can bring your staff up-to-date with the latest internal audit methodology and tools. We can help you enhance the quality of the internal audit work of your organisation by providing customizable, internal audit training designed to meet the needs of today’s internal auditor.

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Information Technology (IT), Internal Audit (IA) Services

Our IT IA services can better enable your organisation and internal audit function, if applicable, navigate IT challenges, manage organisation - wide risks, and elevate the role of IA. Our IT IA services allow the stakeholders of your organisation to meet their responsibilities and accordingly address their concerns of the IT in your organisation.

IT IA services help our clients extend their internal audit oversight and performance addressing IT risks as well as broader organization – wide business risks. We help connect IT and IA to gain a greater understanding of the risks and opportunities that come with today’s systems, applications and other technologies. Our talented practitioners possess the necessary business and technical skills that enable us to deliver assessments in the areas of IT Governance, IT Applications and IT Technical Controls.

 

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Contact us

George Lambrou

Partner, Advisory, PwC Cyprus

Tel: +357-22555728

Demetra Ellina

Director - Advisory, PwC Cyprus

Tel: +357-22555732

Maria Athienitou

Director, Advisory, PwC Cyprus

Tel: +357-22555754

Polina Antoniou

Director, Advisory, PwC Cyprus

Tel: +357-22555730

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