Work for us

This is an exciting time to join the Office of the Auditor-General. We're here to make a difference, and we have opportunities for you to further your career in an organisation uniquely placed to influence improvements throughout the public sector.

What we offer

If you're working for us in a permanent role, we offer you:

  • five weeks' annual leave;
  • seasonal influenza immunisations;
  • two-yearly eye-tests;  
  • discounted health insurance;
  • life and total permanent disability insurance (at the Auditor-General's discretion);
  • study assistance;
  • access to a career board, to help develop you in your current role or toward the next one;
  • flexible working arrangements;
  • parental leave (including your full annual leave entitlement);
  • access to a counselling and support service (the Employee Assistance Programme);
  • workplace support networks (including a Rainbow Network); and
  • a contribution to the costs of eyewear.

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth (04 917 1500 or recruitment@oag.parliament.nz).

Principal Data Analyst

Are you an experienced data professional who is motivated by the opportunity to work in an environment with exposure throughout the public sector and with Parliament?

The Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake(the Office) is focused on significantly enhancing its influence and impact on the public sector to deliver better results for New Zealand.

The Sector Performance Group assesses the performance of the public sector. We gain insight into the types of challenges that public entities face, make recommendations for improvement, and identify areas of good practice that other entities can learn from. The Data and Analytics team, which is part of the Sector Performance Group, is responsible for the development, advice, and delivery of data and analytic capability to the Office.

This is an exciting time to join the Data and Analytics team. We’re investing in a new data platform and analytical environment. We’re on an exciting journey as we look to extract meaningful insights from our data to support decision-making throughout the Office.

As Principal Data Analyst you’ll be a senior technical leader in the specialist Data and Analytics team.

In this role, you’ll lead significant data analytics projects for the Office and be a trusted advisor when specialist data and analytical expertise is required.

You’ll support the continuous improvement of data and analytics processes, practices, and products, and work to increase the Office’s overall data and analytics maturity. You’ll play a key role in identifying opportunities to use data analytics more widely and more effectively throughout the Office.

You’ll also maintain a good understanding of developments in the field of data and analytics and, in particular, its use in the public sector and other audit organisations. You’ll identify opportunities for the Office to develop its capability in these areas.

To be successful you’ll have:

  • extensive experience in data science, analysis, insight, or extract, transform, load (ETL) roles;
  • demonstrated leadership of several significant data analytics projects;
  • a successful track record in data management and using analytics methods and/or technologies to improve existing organisational processes;
  • demonstrated ability to communicate innovative and complex issues simply, clearly, and effectively in different forums, including translating technical information for non-technical audiences and excellent report-writing skills;
  • strong self-management and interpersonal skills, and the ability to mentor and develop team members; and
  • excellent data analytics, data management, and communication skills, as well as specialism with one or more data analytics or data science capabilities.

Significant autonomy and responsibility will be key features of your previous experience. You’ll also need to be comfortable making decisions and engaging with senior stakeholders throughout the public sector.

You’ll also need to demonstrate an understanding of the Office’s work and commitment to transparency, accountability, and good practice, including appropriate attention to documentation and quality assurance.

This is a great opportunity to be part of an organisation that holds the public sector to account and work in unique operating environment with exposure throughout the public sector and with Parliament. Make a meaningful contribution to the work of the Office, including the reports we present to Parliament and publish on our website. Help shape our growing specialist data and analytics team.

Our benefits

  • Learning and development opportunities in data science and people management.
  • Flexible working.

What we stand for
People matter | Our independence is critical | We act with integrity and courage | We’re here to make a difference

We have a diverse and inclusive team that helps us to understand the issues facing the public sector and how these affect the lives of New Zealanders. We strongly welcome applicants from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

You must be able gain and maintain a Confidential national security clearance. Ordinarily, this means that you must be a New Zealand citizen, be a permanent resident, or hold a current residency class visa and intend to become a citizen when eligible. You must have a five-year checkable background in NZ, UK, USA, Canada, or Australia. Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process: www.protectivesecurity.govt.nz/eligibility-tool.

For more information, please contact John Cameron on 04 917 1500 or recruitment@oag.parliament.nz.

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

Applications close Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Data and Knowledge Architect – 24 Month Fixed Term

Are you an experienced data professional who is motivated by the opportunity to influence the performance of the public sector?

The Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake (the Office) is focused on significantly enhancing its influence and impact on the public sector to deliver better results for New Zealand.

The Sector Performance Group assesses the performance of the public sector. We gain insight into the types of challenges that public entities face, make recommendations for improvement, and identify areas of good practice that other entities can learn from. The Data and Analytics team, which is part of the Sector Performance Group, is responsible for the development, advice, and delivery of data and analytic capability to the Office.

This is an exciting time to join the Data and Analytics team on a 24 month fixed term. This is because we’re investing in a new data platform and analytical environment. We’re on an exciting journey as we look to work with our data and extract meaningful insights to support decision-making throughout the Office.

The Data and Knowledge Architect is a senior technical leader in the specialist Data and Analytics team.

As the Data and Knowledge Architect, you’ll develop and implement a fit-for purpose data governance framework for the Office and architect the Office’s knowledge landscape for delivery with the Office’s Data and Analytics Platform.

You’ll be responsible for leading and delivering business projects and programmes that meet the Office’s data strategy direction and business requirements. You’ll ensure that significant data projects are led and co-ordinated with a common and consistent framework and that sound data and knowledge governance practices are used. You’ll work closely with governance groups, project sponsors, and others to ensure the successful delivery of the Office’s data projects and uplift the Office’s data governance maturity and embed good data governance practice in the organisation.

You’ll also maintain a good understanding of developments in the field of data and analytics. In particular, you’ll understand its use in the public sector and other audit organisations. You’ll identify opportunities for the Office to develop capability in these areas. 

To be successful you’ll have extensive experience in:

  • data and knowledge architecture and engineering;
  • information, computer, and decision sciences;
  • knowledge and risk management;
  • developing and embedding data governance practice;
  • identifying capability gaps and uplifting capability;
  • a range of delivery methodologies;
  • working with teams with different backgrounds and different areas;
  • communicating innovative and complex issues simply, clearly, and effectively in different forums, including translating technical information for non-technical audiences and excellent report-writing skills; and
  • strong self-management and interpersonal skills, and the ability to mentor and develop team members.

A post-graduate qualification (preferably PhD) in a relevant field is a must.

Significant autonomy and responsibility will be key features of your previous experience, and you’ll need to be comfortable making decisions and engaging with senior stakeholders throughout the public sector.

You’ll also need to demonstrate an understanding of the Office’s work and commitment to transparency, accountability, and good practice, including appropriate attention to documentation and quality assurance.

This is a great opportunity to be part of an organisation that holds the public sector to account, while working in unique operating environment with exposure throughout the public sector and with Parliament. Make a meaningful contribution to the work of the Office, including the reports we present to Parliament and publish on our website. Help shape our growing specialist data and analytics team.

Our benefits

  • Learning and development opportunities in data science and people management.
  • Flexible working.

What we stand for
People matter | Our independence is critical | We act with integrity and courage | We’re here to make a difference

We have a diverse and inclusive team that helps us to understand the issues facing the public sector and how these affect the lives of New Zealanders. We strongly welcome applicants from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

You must be able gain and maintain a Confidential national security clearance. Ordinarily, this means that you must be a New Zealand citizen, be a permanent resident, or hold a current residency class visa and intend to become a citizen when eligible. You must have a five-year checkable background in NZ, UK, USA, Canada, or Australia. Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process: www.protectivesecurity.govt.nz/eligibility-tool .

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth on 04 917 1500 or recruitment@oag.parliament.nz .

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

Applications close Sunday, 29 May 2022.

Notes for applicants

  1. We usually ask candidates to apply through the jobs.govt.nz website. We'll use the information you provide through that site to help us consider your suitability for the position you've applied for. (If your application is successful, we'll put this information on your personnel file. You can ask to see the information in that file, and to seek any correction you think necessary to ensure accuracy.)
  2. If the advertised position doesn't include a link to the jobs.govt.nz website, please email your curriculum vitae and a covering letter to the Advisor, Talent and Recruitment.
  3. Many positions in Audit New Zealand and the Office of the Auditor-General require you to have a satisfactory security clearance. Therefore, any offer of employment might be conditional on a satisfactory security clearance.
  4. If we proceed with your application, we'll ask for the details we need for your security clearance and details of any criminal convictions.
  5. Please note that if you've given incorrect or misleading information, or have left out any important information or fail to obtain a security clearance, you may be disqualified from appointment. If you've already been appointed, your employment may be immediately terminated.
  6. If your application is successful, we'll need to see:
    • certificates of your educational qualifications;
    • if applicable, evidence of your New Zealand Citizenship, residency, or work permit.
  7. All employees of the Controller and Auditor-General must be independent of the organisations we audit. Accordingly, as an employee you will be required to complete an independence declaration. This declaration includes the disclosure of a financial interest of you (or a family member) in an audited organisation, or a personal relationship with a member of that organisation’s executive or staff.
  8. If your disclosure reveals an existing or potential problem you won't be assigned to any project where your independence as an employee could be compromised, or where a conflict of interest situation might arise. At the extreme end of the spectrum, you might be asked to divest yourself of any investments in an organisation under audit.

What we stand for: People matter | Our independence is critical | We act with integrity and courage | We’re here to make a difference

Page last updated: 17 May 2022