AUDITOR ADVISOR – WHO AM I
I have gained my professional experience while working for more than 30 years on a number of positions, including in the supervisory boards of companies – in Accounting, Finance or Internal Audit at Grupa Żywiec, a company dealing with production and sales in the FMCG sector.
Then I carried out projects in a number of programs aimed at transforming a state-owned company into a joint stock company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. I lead many initiatives – first as the Chief Accountant of a Holding and then the Financial Director in the Holding of 15 distribution companies, part of the Żywiec Group.
At the same time, I introduced in Grupa Żywiec among others consistent accounting and financial reporting policies in accordance with IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) and the Planning & Controlling System.
In 2000 I became a chartered auditor (number 9618) in the Polish Chamber of Statutory Auditors and since 2001 I started to build an internal audit function in accordance with IIA standards also introduced in the Heineken Corporation (the holding company of the Żywiec Group) as the Manager and then the Internal Audit Director of Grupa Żywiec.
From 2001, as a person responsible for internal audit in the Company and as a business advisor, I was involved in a number of business development projects which covered all areas of the company’s activity.
The role of an auditor in the company suited me perfectly.
My was anxious to develop and share my ambition and knowledge with others.
My partners were usually the company’s managers for whom I became a trustworthy, independent auditor, a business partner, advisor, consultant and expert.
I have always shown loyalty and confidentiality in relationships with my clients – that is a trait of my character and these are dominant values for me. On the other hand, I believe it should be a feature sine qua non of each advisor auditor.
Performing the role of an internal auditor in the company is in keeping with my personal ambitions — gaining experience as a business advisor as well as an auditor.
It does not often happen, as it was in my case, that the person acting as an internal auditor of the company has at the same time the qualifications of a statutory auditor and uses his abilities as a business advisor.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME
The professional values I adhere to are primarily solidity, customer loyalty, diligence, honesty and business ethics.
An important feature of an auditor business advisor is confidentiality. I believe that independent internal auditor’s integrity creates trust that helps build reliance on his suggestions and opinions.
Apart from that, auditor advisor’s important principles are also objectivity and professionalism in collecting, evaluating and communicating information about the audited activity or process. I love creativity with which I try to infect my clients. I need to develop, share my ambition and knowledge with others.
I adhere to the principle: YOUR SUCCESS IN BUSINESS MAKES ME HAPPY
Privately, my most important success in life is the fact that despite many years spent in corporations, working with full dedication and commitment, at the expense of my personal life, I still have a home and a family: a wife, two sons, a grandson who gives us so much joy.