Operational Auditing: Influencing Positive Change

  • Start Date

    10 May, 2021

  • End Date

    12 May, 2021

  • Price


  • WiFi

    Free wifi

Event Details

  • Identify how the changing business environment has influenced past trends in operational auditing.
  • Examine key skill sets and knowledge essentials associated with a trusted advisor.
  • Review key aspects of the project planning process that promote the successful outcome of operational audit engagements.
  • Describe operations objectives and the drivers of associated risks, measures of risk events, design of operations-focused controls, and criteria to evaluate operational performance.
  • Discuss the application of business process improvement methods and tools during an operational audit.
  • Define the different types of benchmarking and measurement criteria and explain how benchmarking methodology can be used during an operational audit.
  • Discuss different reporting approaches and persuasive strategies to attain management’s buy-in to results and solutions.



?Dynamics of Operational Auditing

  • Determine the factors that influenced past trends in operational auditing
  • Examine operational auditing today in terms of its changing nature, and the application of alternative methods and tools vs. traditional audit steps
  • Identify operational audit opportunities across the entire organization
  • Construct a value proposition to communicate how internal audit can be a high-impact partner in creating business value


Value Centric Skill Sets and Knowledge

  • Determine how to drive a positive change in management’s mindset about the internal auditor and internal audit activity
  • Assess your current level of technical and business knowledge
  • Assess your current level in value centric skill sets


Planning for Success

  • Recognize the key aspects of, and differences in, planning for operational audit engagements
  • Employ different sources of information to build business and technical knowledge during project planning
  • Prepare effectively for discussions with client management to achieve the meeting objectives
  • Create objectives that identify what the operational audit is intended to accomplish
  • Examine the relationship between, and need to align, the objectives, scope and approach to performing the operational audit engagement


The Risk-based Operational Audit

  • Identify the assumptions associated with a risk-based approach to operational auditing
  • Discuss risk-based terminology to ensure a common understanding
  • Appraise alignment of operations objectives with the organization’s mission and strategic objectives
  • Evaluate performance measurement criteria for operations objectives
  • Determine which operations drive value creation
  • Predict potential risk events in relation to operations objectives and goals
  • Develop risk statements
  • Develop measures to assess the impact and likelihood of potential risk events
  • Discover operations focused controls and methods to manage risk and realize opportunities
  • Decide the appropriate tools and techniques to document operating information
  • Assess the design of operations focused control and methods
  • Evaluate the operational performance of risk management strategies
  • Develop alternative solutions to address operating issues
  • Convince client management about the value of proposed solutions


The Process Oriented Operational Audit

  • Describe the application of business process improvement concepts to an operational audit
  • Outline the components of business processes
  • Assemble baseline data and information
  • Utilize process models and analysis tools to discover issues and improvement opportunities
  • Apply process improvement techniques
  • Illustrate proposed changes
  • Outline the benefits and improvements
  • Describe the importance of testing and measuring process changes


The Performance-driven Operational Audit

  • Explain the application of benchmarking concepts to an operational audit
  • Determine the operations to benchmark
  • Define relevant and appropriate benchmarking measurement criteria and indicators
  • Perform comparative analysis to identify performance gaps and opportunities
  • Summarize benchmarking results
  • Evaluate potential performance improvement opportunities
  • Discuss benchmarking results with client management


Creating a Positive Impact

  • Assess the impact of various reporting approaches, and structure
  • Examine stylistic factors and persuasive strategies to attain buy-in to the results



The training methodology combines lectures, discussions, group exercises and illustrations. Participants will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the topics. The emphasis is on the practical application of the topics and as a result participant will go back to the workplace with both the ability and the confidence to apply the techniques learned to their duties.



1ST BATCH                        10th – 12th May, 2021

2ND BATCH                       2nd – 5th Nov, 2021

Other Dates

Start Date End Date
10 May, 2021 12 May, 2021
Start Date End Date
02 Nov, 2021 05 Nov, 2021
  • Venue

    Alpha Partners Professional Training Conference Centre. 200, Muritala Mohammed Way (3rd Floor), Yaba Lagos.

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