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Internal Audit Services

Internal audits can lead to efficiencies and effectiveness

Plante Moran’s Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) team is comprised of experienced internal audit professionals, many of who hold advanced accounting and finance degrees. We have experience managing Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts and leading internal control assessments and reviews in nearly every industry across the country and around the world.

Most of our ERS team members carry professional certifications, including Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

U.S. and multinational companies engage Plante Moran’s Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) team for internal audits and SOX compliance work. We provide a seamless response by collaborating with professional service firms in 72 countries. 

Internal Audit Methodology

Our internal audit methodology is designed to provide in-depth, fact-based results directed towards improving your internal control environment concurrent with maximizing operational efficiency and effectiveness. Each engagement includes the appropriate planning, execution, and reporting along with professional standards-based work papers and supporting documentation. Our seven-step process includes:

  • Risk assessment and planning
  • Project planning and organization
  • Pre-audit meetings and assessments
  • Audit program development
  • Fieldwork activities
  • Periodic status and update meetings
  • Issue reports

 

Internal Audit Service Offerings

Plante Moran’s ERS team can assist anywhere on the internal audit service spectrum. We can provide you with full capacity internal audit services or simply help out where needed for as long as necessary. We serve clients by providing full outsourcing, cosourcing, and ad hoc staffing needs.

Regardless of the model, we commit to making our methodology and technology available to ensure the very best service. Our ERS team has experience assisting clients within the following environments:

  • Operational reviews for efficiency and effectiveness
  • Internal control review, testing, reporting, and remediation
  • Outsourcing/cosourcing, engagement staffing, project assistance, special projects
  • Mega-project reviews, strategic planning, and support


In recent years, organizations have focused on meeting compliance requirements imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, often foregoing operational audits for efficiency and effectiveness. Although the focus may have changed, the risk environment in which you operate has not. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of comfort. Your controls over financial reporting may be operating effectively, but don’t forget the rest of your operations.

Our ERS staff members are experienced in providing operational audit reviews for efficiency and effectiveness regardless of the industry. If you are experiencing unexplained variances, frequent write-offs, losses due to misappropriations, or you simply question the effectiveness of certain processes, we are equipped to help.

Plante Moran has provided outstanding service to EQ for decades. As EQ has progressed from a private, family-owned business, to private equity-owned, to publicly-held, Plante Moran has helped us adapt to the growing challenges that come with our evolving ownership. The audit practice helped us develop a solid, credible presentation of financial results that demonstrated a level of integrity that allowed EQ to maximize value for shareholders through two changes in ownership. The team has been consistently responsive even under challenging conditions and deadlines, which has been especially important to the outside stakeholders. We’ve appreciated Plante Moran’s commitment to sound professional standards and integrity over the years.
  
Ken Wunderlich, CFO

EQ Holdings, Inc.