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PO1 Professionalism and ethics
The fundamental principles of ethical behaviour mean you should always act in the wider public interest. You need to take into account all relevant information and use professional judgement, your personal values and scepticism to evaluate data and make decisions. You should identify right from wrong and escalate anything of concern. You also need to make sure that your skills, knowledge and behaviour are up-to-date and allow you to be effective in your role.
PO2 Stakeholder relationship management
You manage stakeholder expectations and needs, developing and maintaining productive business relationships. You listen to and engage stakeholders effectively and communicate the right information to them when they need it.
PO3 Strategy and innovation
You contribute to the wider business strategy of your organisation through your personal and team objectives. You identify innovative ways to improve organisational performance – which may include making or recommending business process changes and improvements.
PO4 Governance risk and control
You contribute to effective governance in your area. You evaluate, monitor and implement risk management procedures, complying with the spirit and the letter of policies, laws and regulations.
PO5 Leadership and managment
You manage yourself and your resources effectively and responsibly. You contribute to the leadership and management of your organisation – delivering what’s needed by stakeholders and the business.
PO6 Record and process transactions and events
You use the right accounting treatments for transactions and events. These should be both historical and prospective – and include non-routine transactions.
PO7 Prepare external financial reports
You take part in preparing and reviewing financial statements – and all accompanying information – and you do it in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements.
PO8 Analyse and interpret financial reports
You analyse financial statements to evaluate and assess the financial performance and position of an entity.
PO9 Evaluate investment and financing decisions
You advise on alternative sources of finance. And you evaluate and review the financial viability of investment decisions.
PO10 Manage and control working capital
You manage cash and working capital effectively, planning for any shortfall or surplus including receivables, payables and inventories.
PO11 Identify and manage financial risk
You identify, measure, and advise on the financial risks to the organisation.
PO12 Evaluate management accounting systems
You apply different management accounting techniques in different business contexts to effectively manage and use resources.
PO13 Plan and control performance
You plan business activities and control performance, making recommendations for improvement.
PO15 Tax computations and assessments
You prepare computations of taxable amounts and tax liabilities according to legal requirements
PO16 Tax compliance and verification
You make sure that individuals and entities comply with their tax obligations – on time, and in the spirit and letter of the law.
PO17 Tax planning and advice
You advise on mitigating and deferring tax liabilities through legitimate tax planning measures.
PO18 Prepare for and plan the audit process
You plan and control the engagement process, including the initial investigation. You also plan and monitor the audit programme – legally and ethically.
PO19 Collect and evaluate evidence for an audit
Carry out an internal or external audit from collecting evidence, through to forming an opinion. You demonstrate professional scepticism and make sure judgements are based on sufficient valid evidence.