Meet Raoul Ménès, CIA, CRMA, CCSA – Deepening Knowledge and Techniques
Chief Audit Executive
AV Homes, Inc.
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
1. What prompted you to become certified?
I pursued certification because I wanted to deepen the knowledge, tools, and techniques necessary to be successful in my day-to-day responsibilities. I was also aware of its power to demonstrate skill, knowledge, proficiency, dedication and discipline. It validates what I “bring to the table.”
2. What IIA certification(s) do you hold, and why did you choose to pursue it (them)? Do you plan to pursue other IIA certifications, and if so, which ones and why?
I hold the CIA, CRMA, and CCSA. I pursued my first IIA certification, the CCSA, because of The IIA’s outstanding reputation as the only globally recognized certifying body for the profession. I believe these three certifications complement one another quite well. For example, as a recognized internal auditor (CIA) I can confidently facilitate a workshop (CCSA) in enterprise risk management (CRMA). I am considering pursuing the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) as it is a natural fit for my career path.
3. How does having an IIA certification(s) set you apart from your non-certified peers?
For an employer, at least on paper, I think it reassures them by validating my qualifications, skillset, and knowledge. It speaks on my behalf. As any recruiter will tell you, if two candidates have similar experience and backgrounds their preference will always lean towards the certified candidate. As a CAE, I have recently drafted job descriptions for our newly-created IA activity (based on the IIA’s Global Internal Audit Competency Framework) and certification is expected. For team members who are not yet certified, they have one year from their hire date to show progress towards certification.
4. How has your IIA certification(s) helped your career?
It has provided additional credibility and demonstrated my knowledge in the field of internal audit. It has also pushed me to deepen my skills and/or obtain new knowledge due to its continuing professional education requirements. Moreover, according to The IIA’s 2017 Internal Audit Compensation Study (based on U.S. responses), CIAs earn on average $38,000 more annually than those without a certification. This seems to beg the question: why not pursue certification?
5. Has earning the IIA certification(s) enhanced your skill level?
Absolutely! Since completing my Baccalaureate degree in 1994, countless topics have surfaced that were new to me. I certainly didn’t want to be left behind. The CIA preparation material was not only current and pertinent, it also allowed me to sharpen my “new found” skills and refresh my knowledge of some concepts learned a long time ago! Once certified, I became a stronger, more confident professional that could add more value as one of my organization’s trusted and credible audit professionals.
6. What advice do you have for others who are considering obtaining an IIA certification?
Set an exam date to hold yourself accountable and tell friends and family you are sitting for the exam so that they can motivate and encourage you. Prepare a study calendar that establishes clear deadlines for the various sub-sections but still allows for the 3Fs: friends, family and fun! Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to colleagues for assistance.
7. How does career planning and development play a part in your growth?
It plays a vital role. We must set goals for ourselves – including those that take us outside our comfort zone – and work hard to achieve them. Things change at the speed of light. In addition to CPE we need to remain abreast of new regulations, pronouncements, standards and pertinent issues like cyber-security. One thing I have learned in my 23 plus years of experience is that if we ever stop learning, we become obsolete.
8. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
My father always told me: “Treat everyone with respect, always act with integrity, be empathetic, be curious and always remain professional and poised.”
Raoul Ménès, CIA, CRMA, CCSA is the chief audit executive for AV Homes, Inc., an Arizona-based, publicly-traded homebuilding, land development and real estate operations organization. Prior to joining AV Homes, he served as the founder and principal of Ménès Consulting Group, LLC, a management consultancy focused on internal audit, governance, risk and compliance, enterprise risk management, and corporate training.
For more than two decades he has helped national and international organizations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors optimize their internal audit activities, while managing critical business risks. He has supported Sarbanes-Oxley or Bill 198 compliance initiatives and led projects to optimize operational and financial controls, restructuring accounting, finance, and internal audit departments. In addition to his broad business process evaluation and reengineering expertise, he has extensive experience in fraud risk assessment and detection, interviewing and interrogation, investigation and audit, and employee theft examinations.
Raoul has received numerous awards including being named the 2004 Québec CMA of the Year. Most recently he was designated as a Fellow accountant (FCPA, FCMA) and management consultant (FCMC) intended to formally recognize his achievements in his career. In 2017, he completed the “COSO Internal Control Certificate Program”, demonstrating his expertise in designing, implementing and monitoring a system of internal control.
He served on the Board of Governors of the IIA-Phoenix Chapter from 2006 to 2015 and was the 2013-2014 IIA-Phoenix chapter president. Since January 2015, he has been a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Audit Committee.
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