Ventra Ionia Case Study

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Internal Audit Team at Ventra Ionia Introduction Everyone scrambles and hides; it is audit time. Tension seems to be high during an internal audit as employees tend to feel as if they are being judged or set-up for failure. Automotive companies require suppliers to use internal auditors to verify various internal systems such as quality (Smith, Munro & Bowen, 2016). An internal auditor is trained to monitor, analyze and assess various processes within an organization (DeRose, 2015). An effective internal audit team is one of the best tools a quality department has; If Ventra Ionia can develop an effective internal audit team the company and employees will benefit. Ventra Ionia is an original equipment manufacturer for the automotive industry.…show more content…
This paper will define an internal auditor and share the requirements of an internal team as determined by ISO/TS 16949. An overview of the Ventra Ionia will be conducted as well as an investigation as to current staff availability and qualifications to join an internal audit team. Information in regards to team structure including selection, training plans and problems will be discussed. Two strategies for forming, orienting, managing, and assessing an internal audit team will be described. One strategy will be selected and implementation plan will be discussed listing steps and timelines to launch the program. An effective internal audit team is one of the best tools a quality department has; If Ventra Ionia can develop an effective internal audit team the company and employees will benefit. Literature Review The aim of this research is to discuss internal auditing and the selection of an internal audit team. This section will reveal the benefits of internal audits. It will also explore the requirements Ventra Ionia is required to meet in regards to internal auditor selection. Team structure will also be discussed. Different problems the internal audit team might face will be revealed. Dan Nelson believes internal audits are done for multiple reasons; he discovered…show more content…
“A poorly deployed internal auditing system can lead to increased, non-value added costs, many hours of wasted resources, and a breakdown of the quality management system” (Strouse, 2009, p. 1). One sign of an ineffective internal audit team is the lack of management buy-in; if management does not see value in audits employees will not believe in or support them. Another sign of a weak internal audit team is delayed and postponed audits, if an auditor or the participant reschedules audits often it shows there is not a priority placed on the audits and they are viewed as necessary evils (Strouse,

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