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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.

Manager, Strategy and Performance

The Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake (the Office) aims to improve trust and confidence in the public sector. The Auditor-General is the statutory auditor of all public organisations, playing a major part in ensuring that New Zealand’s public sector remains one of the most trusted in the world.

We’re looking for a Manager, Strategy and Performance to lead the Office’s strategic advice, planning, governance, and reporting. This is a critical leadership role, managing a team that shapes the direction of the Office’s work and advises on approaches to achieve our key objectives. The opportunity for broader influence is vast; no other organisation, public or private, has the overview of the whole public sector that the Office of the Auditor-General has.

In this role, you’ll be responsible for providing timely and effective support to our senior leaders by leading the development, implementation, and ongoing improvement of the Office’s strategy, business planning, governance arrangements, and reporting systems. You’ll lead a small team and contribute directly to our work programme. 

To succeed in this role, you’ll have:

  • a relevant tertiary qualification;
  • experience in organisational strategy development, business planning, project and programme management, performance reporting, and governance and accountability;
  • a sound understanding of the system and operation of government and public management in New Zealand;
  • an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori;
  • experience leading high-performing teams; and
  • excellent interpersonal skills and strong relationship management skills.

We offer our staff:

  • Learning and development opportunities.
  • Flexible working.
  • Health and well-being benefits.
  • 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 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 is not part of the formal security clearance process):

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth at

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

Applications close Sunday 23 June, 2024.

Notes for applicants

  1. We usually ask candidates to apply through the 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 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 June 2024