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Performance Audit

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They might not sound much like the business of auditors, but our team investigated these topics recently.  We have a challenging and rewarding role, bringing in-depth and independent perspective and judgement as part of getting the best out of our public sector and its services.

You could find yourself carrying out fieldwork in police stations, national parks, construction sites, schools, or hospitals. We’ll provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a unique role that spans 4000 different organisations.

The Office of the Auditor-General’s Performance Audit Group produces a wide range of reports for Parliament. We provide assurance about, and recommend improvements to, how effectively and efficiently publicly funded activities are carried out.

Our backgrounds are diverse and include history, geography, economics, philosophy, social services, psychology, drama, engineering, law, and accounting. What we share is a dedication to helping the public sector perform at its best through our inquiring minds, good relationships, shrewd judgement, and skilled communication. If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you, especially if you have experience of:

  • audit/evaluation;
  • effective and efficient delivery of services;
  • Information analysis;
  • financial management; and/or
  • Māori or Pacific Island working environments.

We have positions available as:

  • A Performance Auditor: you will be assisting with performance audits and other pieces of work and will have some experience of working in teams to successfully deliver major projects parts, of writing parts of high-quality reports in plain English, and of working with people in the community, as well as senior personnel and politicians (salary around $60,000-$80,000 depending on experience.)
  • An Assistant Performance Auditor: This is a wonderful opportunity for someone starting their career or wanting to get into the public sector. You will ideally have a tertiary qualification, an enquiring mind and the ability to work with a range of information to help audit teams assess the performance of organisations and how they deliver services to meet the needs of the New Zealand public. (salary around $50,000-$60,000 depending on experience.)

You should also consider if you meet the following criteria, too:

  • You are self-motivated, disciplined, reliable, and determined with a “can do” approach.
  • You are a team player, flexible and operating with respect, trust, and support for others.
  • You excel at interpersonal and relationship management skills.
  • You are strong in cognitive, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • You have excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • You have a tertiary qualification.

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth on 04 917 1500 or

You must apply online through (as the application form is there, and you'll find the position description there, too). In your cover letter, please indicate the position you’re applying for.

Applications close Sunday 26 March 2017.

Corporate Administrator

  • 20 hours per week
  • Room to grow and take responsibility
  • Diverse workload

The Office of the Auditor-General is seeking a part-time Corporate Administrator to support the Assistant Auditor-General, Corporate Services (the AAG) in the operation of specified corporate functions, and to provide highly professional administrative support to the AAG and their team.

Specifically, you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Office’s contract management and procurement functions, so if you have experience or exposure to administering complex corporate and/or legal functions, you’ll certainly be at the top of the short-list. Experience providing administrative support for people in managerial positions is a must, as you’ll be supporting a second-tier manager with executive administration, as well as their direct managerial reports from time to time.

To be successful in this position, you’ll need to have:

  • excellent communication, particularly written, and interpersonal skills;
  • advanced computer skills, including advanced level Microsoft Word and intermediate level Excel.  Experience using document management systems is preferable; 
  • an ability to identify opportunities for business process and system improvements;
  • initiative and the ability to work without detailed direction; and
  • self-motivation and organisation.

You must be able to gain a New Zealand Security Intelligence Service security clearance to apply for this position.

For more information, please contact Jen Broster on 04 917 1500 or

You must apply online through (as the application form is there, and you'll find the position description there, too).

Applications close Wednesday 29 March 2017.

Finance Administrator

We’re looking for a motivated, experienced, and enthusiastic Finance Administrator to join the team in our Wellington office. Reporting to the Finance Processing Manager, you’ll provide efficient and effective financial processing services to the Office of the Auditor-General and Audit New Zealand.

To be right for this position, you’ll have:

  • an understanding of finance processes and internal control requirements;
  • strong attention to detail and accuracy;
  • the ability to multitask and think on your feet;
  • the ability to develop strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • a high level of computer literacy, including previous experience with financial systems and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel;
  • good verbal and written communications skills;
  • the ability to show initiative and be proactive; and
  • a great sense of humour and team spirit.

Come and join a team that prides itself on their ability to get the work done and still have time for a good laugh.

You must apply online through (the application form is there, and you'll find the position description there, too).

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth on 04 917 1500 or

Applications close Sunday 2 April 2017.

Page last updated: 22 March 2017

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Sandy Hoggarth.

Sandy Hoggarth
Recruitment Advisor
phone 021 222 1602