Careers

2021 will be an exciting time to join the Office of the Auditor-General as we aim to further improve trust and confidence in the public sector for both Parliament and New Zealanders. We have opportunities for you to grow your career in an organisation that is uniquely placed to influence across the public sector.

Business Analyst

Attention all Business Analysts or those with a public sector technology background looking for a change. Are you looking to broaden your horizons with a job that offers variety and skill development opportunities? This is an opportunity not to be missed.

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.

The Technical Business Analyst will be actively involved in the execution of a major and long-term strategic plan centred on cloud technologies. You’ll be part of the Information Services Group. The Group has a new five-year Information Systems Strategy to deliver together with our business groups. We are looking for a Technical Business Analyst to apply their analysis skills to a range of functions for the organisation, including capturing business and technology requirements, documenting processes, systems and architecture, and supporting testing, change, and communications.

As the Technical Business Analyst, you’ll be part of a small collaborative team working with the organisation to design, develop, and deliver technical solutions to increase productivity, improve efficiency, and align with organisational strategy.

You’ll provide pragmatic and practical specialist advice to members of staff and support the Information Services Group’s broad range of functions: infrastructure, applications, information security, and information management.

To be successful you’ll have:

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • a flexible, proactive, and collaborative mindset;
  • the ability to think broadly and deeply about problems and potential solutions;
  • a sound knowledge of technology;
  • the ability to pick up unfamiliar technologies or processes and get up to speed with them quickly; and
  • experience facilitating small to medium workshops.

It would be an advantage to have:

  • at least two years demonstrable experience in gathering, analysing, and documenting business and technical requirements;
  • familiarity with public sector standards and processes;
  • a relevant tertiary qualification or professional qualification, such as CCBA or CBAP;
  • experience in Business Process Modelling; and
  • software testing or software development experience.

Our benefits

  • Learning and development opportunities.
  • Flexible working.
  • A unique operating environment with Parliament.

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

We need a more diverse workforce that reflects contemporary New Zealand. We 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 the online tool http://www.protectivesecurity.govt.nz/eligibility-tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process.

Due to the current border restrictions, applicants who are currently outside of New Zealand cannot be considered unless you have New Zealand Citizenship or Permanent Residency.

The expected recruiting level for this position is between $74,000 and $83,000 per annum.

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 Tuesday 26 January 2021.

Senior Developer – SharePoint / .NET

The Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake (the Office) is focused on enhancing its influence and impact on the public sector to help ensure it delivers 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.

The Office is looking for a Senior Developer – SharePoint / .NET to join our Information Services Group and to be our subject matter expert in all SharePoint / .NET and workflow solutions. The Office is embarking on a significant programme of technology uplift. One of our main strategic objectives is to increase the use of cloud technology. The Senior Developer – SharePoint / .NET role presents an exciting opportunity to be involved in carrying out this major initiative.

Reporting to the Manager, Information Systems, the role is part of an application development and support team. You’ll be working to ensure that the SharePoint platform, applications, workflows, and integrations are efficient, effective, and continually improved. This is expected to include preparing and executing migration to a future platform, most likely SharePoint Online.

This role involves technical leadership in the development, deployment, maintenance, and enhancement of the SharePoint platform, custom solutions, workflows, and associated integration.

To be successful in the role, you’ll:

  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • be a strong team player and contribute positively to your team;
  • have strong planning and self-management disciplines and remain highly effective when unsupervised;
  • be a proactive problem solver who is able to identify, communicate, and resolve issues in a timely fashion;
  • have at least five years’ practical experience of modern systems development methodologies;
  • have at least three years’ SharePoint development experience and a high level of skill in relevant programming languages;
  • have experience in deployment, configuration, and integration of, and migration to, cloud services;
  • have training and relevant levels of technical experience in some or all the following technologies:
    • SharePoint 2013/2016/Online, Office 365, Microsoft Teams (3+ years);
    • Microsoft ASP.NET / VB.NET, C# (5+ years);
    • Microsoft Power Apps (2+ years);
    • HTML, JavaScript, PowerShell (5+ years);
    • Nintex, Power Automate, or other workflow tool (3+ years); and
    • ShareGate or similar migration tool (2+ years);
  • have at least two years’ experience in technical Microsoft SQL Server database design and development; and
  • have a good understanding of best practice data security and access controls.

Ideally, you’ll also have:

  • a relevant tertiary qualification and/or a professional qualification;
  • solution design and/or cloud migration experience;
  • mentoring or coaching experience; and
  • project or change management experience.

Our benefits

  • Learning and development opportunities.
  • Flexible working.
  • A unique operating environment with Parliament.

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

We need a more diverse workforce that reflects contemporary New Zealand. We 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 the online tool http://www.protectivesecurity.govt.nz/eligibility-tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process.

Due to the current border restrictions, applicants who are currently outside of New Zealand cannot be considered unless they have New Zealand Citizenship or Permanent Residency.

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

You must apply online, including your CV and cover letter, at jobs.govt.nz (the application form and position description are there too).

Applications close Sunday 31 January 2021.

Principal Data Analyst

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 to 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 Principal Data Analyst is a senior technical leader in the specialist Data and Analytics team, which is part of the Sector Performance Group within the Office.
In this role, you will lead significant data analytics projects for the Office and be a trusted advisor when specialist data and analytical expertise is required.

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

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

To be successful you will have:

  • extensive experience in data science, analysis, insight, or 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, and you will need to be comfortable making decisions and engaging with senior stakeholders throughout the public sector.

You will also need to demonstrate an understanding of the work of the Office, and show us your commitment to transparency, accountability, and good practice, including appropriate attention to documentation and quality assurance.

Our benefits

  • Be part of an organisation that holds the public sector to account.
  • Work in a 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 a growing specialist data and analytics team.
  • 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 want a diverse workforce that reflects contemporary New Zealand. We 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.

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

Applications close Sunday, 31 January 2021.

Senior Performance Auditors

The best job you never knew existed

Great jobs with unmatched variety and intellectual stimulation are rare. Here’s your chance to join a respected and influential organisation focused on improving the performance of, and the public’s trust in, the public sector. If you’re passionate about making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, performance auditing could be a new career path for you.

The Office of the Auditor-General’s performance audit teams carry out work that provides assurance about, and recommends improvements to, the way public sector organisations spend taxpayer money. Performance audits are not financial in nature – instead, they’re focused on getting to the heart of issues that are important to New Zealanders.

During the next few years, we'll be looking at a range of topics such as the Covid-19 pandemic response, infrastructure investment, and how the government is thinking about resilience and climate change.

You can learn more about what is in our work programme by reading our annual plan for 2020-21.

To really make a difference, we have been expanding our team so that we can do more and have more impact – that’s where you come in.

As a Senior Performance Auditor, you could find yourself carrying out fieldwork all over the country, meeting with people from a wide range of organisations, from frontline public servants to politicians, and briefing select committees. It’s a role full of variety that gives you a unique view of the public sector.

Our performance auditors come from different backgrounds, including research, evaluation, policy, and strategy and planning. What we share is a dedication to helping the public sector perform at its best through our inquiring minds, shrewd judgement, and exceptional report writing skills. If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you, especially if you have experience in:

  • research and evaluation;
  • public policy;
  • significant government reviews or inquiries;
  • other disciplines that require information analysis and clear communication; and/or
  • Māori or Pacific Island working environments.

Regardless of your background, you’ll:

  • have proven aptitude in cognitive, analytical, and problem-solving skills;
  • be highly skilled at pulling together complex information; 
  • be self-motivated with a “can do” approach;
  • be a flexible team player; and
  • be excellent at relationship management.

We have permanent and secondment opportunities available for Senior Performance Auditors. You’ll have proven experience in writing high-quality reports, strong analytical ability, and in leading and delivering performance audits or comparable pieces of work (for example, research and evaluation or developing government policies). You’ll be confident engaging with people in senior levels of government and select committees. You must be an organised and capable project manager. In this role you’ll be leading performance audits and other pieces of work or assisting others within the team as required. Familiarity with, and experience of, te ao Māori is desirable.

You can also hear directly from our Performance Auditors about what they do and the work they are involved in.

For more information about these roles, 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). In your cover letter, please indicate your preference for permanent or secondment.

Applications close Monday 1 February 2021.

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

Communications Advisor/Editor

No two days will be the same in this role as a Communications Advisor/Editor at the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI). We’re looking for someone with great writing and editing skills, experience with social media platforms, and an eye for design.

PASAI is the official association of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) ─ government audit offices and similar organisations ─ in the Pacific region. You’ll work with the PASAI Secretariat team to put the Communications Strategy into practice and make sure that all of PASAI’s communications are of top quality.

Responsibilities include:

  • producing written content for PASAI’s communication channels;
  • editing PASAI’s materials and reports;
  • preparing materials and reports for publication and distribution;
  • implementing PASAI’s Communications Strategy; and
  • monitoring, reviewing, and updating the website.

You’ll have:

  • a tertiary degree in English, journalism, communications, or media;
  • at least two years’ experience in a communications role;
  • excellent writing and editing skills for online and print;
  • proven ability to write clearly and produce clear, relatable text from complex or sensitive material;
  • good attention to detail and proofreading skills;
  • experience with good design principles and practices;
  • experience in producing and publishing a range of written material (digital and print);
  • proven competency in social media and website maintenance, including analytics;
  • competence in using Microsoft Office; and
  • highly developed inter-personal, communication, and relationship management skills.

This hands-on role requires someone who is comfortable around senior management, can build relationships with a range of people, and is able to prioritise effectively.

To find out more about us, see our website: www.pasai.org

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

For more information, contact Nicole Ayo von Thun, Office of the PASAI Secretary-General on recruitment@oag.parliament.nz.

Applications close Monday 8 February 2021.

Page last updated: 22 January 2021