AFI109Complete Guide for Effective Internal Audit Manager


This course focuses on providing new audit managers with the tools and skills they need to lead effectively in an internal auditing environment. Including effective leadership, management skills and strategic planning.


Course Fee SGD 490
Course Duration 1 Day
Course Timing 9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Venue M Hotel or similar
SDF Approved Yes (CRS-N-0050974)
Skills Future Credit Yes (Up to SGD350)
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A different playing field and rules await any newly promoted audit manager. Transitioning from auditor-in-charge to audit manager means learning and mastering an entirely new skill set. Audit managers must not only be efficient auditors and auditor-in-charge but also an effective communicators, teachers, leader and diplomate. This course focuses on providing new audit managers with the tools and skills they need to lead effectively in an internal auditing environment.

Through practical exercises and case studies, participants will learn how to manage the roles and relationships of the diverse stakeholders involved in the auditing process. The participants will learn how to maintain lines of communication with the Chief Audit Executive and executive management, and problem solve while motivating a team and delegating tasks.

1. The Internal Audit Department’s Structure

  • Understand basic structure of IA department and typical positions
  • Professional Standards that address staffing issues of IA
  • Understand importance of Internal Audit Charter, mission statement, SOP
  • Understand factors affecting IA resources
  • Recognise the role of internal auditing within an organisation

2. Audit Planning, Risk Assessment and Audit Universe

  • Understand factors affecting Annual Audit Planning
  • Audit universe identification
  • Identify factors affecting planned audit during the year
  • Identify the elements of a typical audit cycle
  • Communication with stakeholders on audit planning

3. Managing Audit Team

  • Various type of leadership – Technical, Positional, Inspirational, etc
  • Distance management vs Close management (communication)
  • Identify tools and techniques to motivate team (understand hierarchy of needs)
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities; knowledge, skills, and abilities; and other factors that guide the vision and expectations of the head of internal audit
  • Identify training and development needs of IA team
  • Recognise and plan career options for internal auditors

4. Managing Audit Projects and Quality Control

  • Working with Auditor-in-Charge ensuring first level review conducted properly
  • Identify key elements of workpapers and review them
  • Maintaining the project time management, prioritization of work during audit
  • Resource management and scheduling
  • Managing audit kick off and closing meetings
  • Use of critical thinking and game theory in managing audit project

5. Cost and budgeting management

  • Keep track of cost of audit
  • Prepare and monitor department budgeting
  • Identify ways to increase audit efficiency (computer based audit, data analysis)

6. Manage Audit Report and Departmental Report

  • Managing the quality and timely issuance of audit report
  • Best practice in presenting audit issues
  • Managing reporting of sensitive issues
  • Preparation and management IA department dashboard reporting
  • Manage ad-hoc request from senior management and Audit Committee

7. Managing Working Relationship with Management

  • Establish periodic communication and build rapport with management
  • Identify opportunity to get to know and understand business operation
  • Identify ways to market the audit function by promoting the profession and communicating with the audit committee
  • Identify ways internal auditors can provide value-added results to their organisation
  • Maintaining the balance between indepdendance and rapport with management

8. Key Skills of Audit Manager

  • Team management
  • Leadership skills and influencing skills
  • Time management
  • Project management
  • Negotiation skills
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Strategic planning and understand the Art of War
  • Internal auditor and auditor-in-charge who aspire to become audit manager
  • First time Internal audit manager,
  • Audit manager who look for a refresher
  • Internal control supervisor who look to switch to be audit lead
  • Forensic audit supervisor who is seeking a become audit manager

Presentation, group discussion, case study. Multimedia, interaction and template sharing

Kent Hoh

Kent Hoh

Kent Hoh is a prolific trainer in audit, fraud investigation, corporate governance, personal effectiveness, blockchain technology and big data. He has over 20 years’ experience in leading internal audit and forensic investigation functions of MNC in the region and globally. Kent Hoh has also spearheaded several roles in financial management, compliance and corporate governance of technology company. Kent has conducted numerous audit and investigation projects in Americas, Asia and Europe including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Germany, USA, etc. Some of these projects involved hundreds of million dollars fraud scheme and syndicated crimes.

Kent holds a master’s degree in business Admin (MBA), Graduate Diploma in Business, Bachelor of Law (Hons), and a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons). Kent Hoh is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). He possesses the qualifications of the UK Chartered Secretary and Administrator (ICSA), Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and Certified Bitcoin Expert (CBIE).

Kent Hoh has been an active trainer for large corporations, SME and non-profit-organizations such as Institute of Internal Audit (IIA) Singapore, IIA Malaysia, Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, Malaysia Institute of Accountants, China IIA, China Enterprise Anti-fraud Alliance, Enterprise Financial Management Association of China. Kent Hoh is also an adjunct lecturer for universities and college in Singapore, Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, China. As an enthusiast in cryptocurrency and a bitcoin mining farm investor, Kent researched heavily into this revolutionized Blockchain technology. He teaches fundamental blockchain and cryptocurrency at various institutions in China.

Currently, Kent Hoh serves as the Vice President of Internal Audit in an SGX listed company. As a strong believer that knowledge sharing create synergy, Kent is very passionate in sharing his experience. He capitalizes his free time conducting training classes and workshops.

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