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).

Sector Advisor

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 Aotearoa New Zealand. The Office is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, by helping to continuously improve the public’s trust in public services and the value those services deliver.

We’re continuing to establish a stronger presence in Auckland to ensure that the Office is well-versed in Auckland-specific challenges facing the public sector and to provide timely advice and strategic assistance to the leadership team on Auckland issues.

We’re looking for a Sector Advisor to be based in Auckland. You’ll report to the Sector Manager, Auckland and be an important part of our Auckland team and our Sector Advisers team, which is focused on improving performance and accountability across the public sector.

As Sector Advisor you’ll support Sector Managers in managing their portfolios and be the main contact for a portfolio of smaller public entities. You’ll be aware of the contextual and strategic environment in which entities operate, and you’ll be responsible for responding to a range of enquiries from appointed auditors, members of Parliament, public sector employees, and the public. You’ll support the Sector Manager, Auckland to deliver high-quality strategic advice on Auckland public sector issues and to manage relationships with the main Auckland public entities.

You’ll also be a valuable contributor to the Office’s products and services, including sector reports, performance audits, inquiries, and select committee briefings. You’ll have a key role managing information to support collaboration between teams across the Office.

To be successful in the role, you’ll have:

  • a tertiary qualification and at least three years’ experience in the public sector or relevant private sector role;
  • an understanding of New Zealand’s system of government, the role of Parliament, and the role of the Auditor-General within the system;
  • knowledge of the Auckland public sector environment;
  • comfort with technical and data-driven processes and experience in public, financial, or performance management; and
  • sound relationship management skills.

We offer our staff:

  • a competitive salary;
  • learning and development opportunities;
  • supportive flexible working;
  • health and well-being benefits; and
  • a unique operating environment with Parliament.

As an organisation, people matter to us, our independence is critical, we act with integrity and courage, and 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.

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

To find out more about us, see our website and a video about the role.

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

Applications close Sunday 5 December 2021.

Senior Desktop Administrator

We're looking for a Senior Desktop Administrator to join our Service Desk team. Our environment is Microsoft-based, and we have about 500 staff working in offices throughout the country. Most of our staff members work offsite and rely heavily on their laptops, mobile data connections, and a mix of Android and iPhone phones.

We're looking for someone passionate about customer service and with good analytical skills. You'll have a friendly personality and be able to build relationships quickly.

Strong communication skills and an ability to effectively manage faults, incidents, and queries will make you successful in this role.

To be considered for this role, you'll need:

  • strong experience in Microsoft Windows 10, Active Directory, Microsoft Office 365, and supporting a variety of business applications;
  • Microsoft qualifications for desktop support;
  • varied and strong experience in an enterprise desktop support environment, both onsite and remotely;
  • sound knowledge and understanding of service desk and desktop support standards and practices, call management, fault management, incident management, change management, IT security, and user policies;
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to help staff with applications; and
  • proven analytical and problem-solving skills.

About us
The Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake (the Office) aims to improve trust and promote value in the public sector. Our audits of public organisations – from government departments to councils and schools – play a major part in ensuring that New Zealand's public sector remains one of the most trusted in the world. No other organisation, public or private, has the overview of the whole public sector that the Auditor-General has.As an organisation, people matter to us, our independence is critical, we act with integrity and courage, and we're here to make a difference.

We offer our staff:

  • learning and development opportunities;
  • supportive flexible working;
  • a unique operating environment with Parliament; and
  • health and well-being benefits.

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 to 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 Sarah Kirkland @ 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 5th of December 2021.

Executive Co-ordinator

The opportunity
Whether you’re a seasoned administrator or a recent graduate looking for that first career opportunity, this is a great opportunity to bring your excellent administration, organisation, and executive support skills to work alongside the Assistant Auditor-General, Corporate Services and their group.

To facilitate the smooth running of Corporate Services, you will provide accurate and proactive diary management, co-ordinate and support governance and working groups, monitor workflows, and track the delivery of key programmes. You’ll also be working closely with the Principal Advisor Security and Risk on projects to improve the Office’s overall security profile.

To be successful in the role, you’ll be able to demonstrate :

  • experience that shows you can provide high-level administrative support for people in leadership positions;
  • advanced desktop skills, including in the Microsoft Office suite;
  • ability to juggle multiple priorities;
  • a proactive learning approach to whatever you do;
  • experience working in an environment that requires a high level of discretion, sensitivity, and interpersonal interaction; and
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills.

About us
Did you know that New Zealand constantly ranks near the top of world rankings for integrity? The work of the Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake helps to make this happen. We are focused on significantly enhancing our influence and impact on the public sector to deliver better results for Aotearoa New Zealand. We are dedicated to making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, by helping to continuously improve the public’s trust in public services and the value those services deliver. You can take a moment to learn more about how our work makes a difference on our website.

About working here
As an organisation, people matter to us, our independence is critical, we act with integrity and courage, and we’re here to make a difference.

Working here means we can offer you:

  • Learning and development opportunities.
  • Flexible working arrangements (hours/days).
  • Health and well-being benefits.

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. 

It is preferable that you can 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 Sarah Kirkland 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 5 December 2021.

Sector Manager, Parliamentary and Local Government Groups

The Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake (the Office) aims to improve trust and promote value in the public sector. Our audits of public organisations – from government departments to councils and schools – play a major part in ensuring that New Zealand’s public sector remains one of the most trusted in the world. No other organisation, public or private, has the overview of the whole public sector that the Office of the Auditor-General has.

Sector Managers have an influential senior role, engaging with chief executives, governors, elected representatives, and Parliament.

As a Sector Manager, you’ll take responsibility for a portfolio of public entities and lead the Office’s relationship with them to influence the improvement of public sector performance and accountability.

You’ll also maintain an understanding of challenges facing the public sector and how these are being addressed. Working closely with other sector managers and appointed auditors, you’ll lead the Office’s thinking about what work we do on these matters.

You’ll need to have:

  • a tertiary qualification, preferably in accounting, economics, public policy, or law;
  • experience working at a senior level with governors, chief executives, and senior managers in the public sector;
  • experience in advising ministers, members of Parliament, or Parliamentary select committees;
  • a thorough understanding of New Zealand’s system of government as relevant to the role;
  • an understanding of te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori; and
  • an understanding of finance, accounting, and auditing practices (or the ability to come to grips with these practices quickly).

We offer our staff:

  • learning and development opportunities;
  • supportive flexible working;
  • health and well-being benefits; and
  • a unique operating environment with Parliament.

As an organisation, people matter to us, our independence is critical, we act with integrity and courage, and 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.

It is preferable that you can 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 .

Although we are advertising these as permanent, full-time roles, we can be flexible. Please include in your cover letter if you prefer Parliamentary or Local Government Group, and a permanent or fixed-term/secondment.

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

To find out more about us, see our website and a video about the role

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

Applications close Wednesday 1 December 2021.

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: 30 November 2021