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Senior Financial Accountant

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Accounting & finance
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Newly created role
  • Opportunity for an exceptional candidate to join MBIE's Financial Accounting and Control team
  • Add value through delivering specialist Financial Accounting services in an interesting and complex environment
  • Champion new initiatives, actively contribute to the development of the business group strategy and plan
  • Engage, mentor and support others
  • Permanent role, Wellington


About the role

An exciting opportunity to stamp your mark on an interesting and complex organisation, ensuring MBIE finance processes and internal controls are of an exceptionally high standard. You will champion the revenue accounting processes ensuring controls are in place, processes are understood, monitored and complied with. You will also play a pivotal role in shaping the success of the financial accounting team, providing support and mentoring, working closely with your manager and providing trusted support to the business. This is a true opportunity to contribute and make a difference.

You will be a financial accounting specialist with experience in implementing and improving financial processes and controls. A proven ability to engage pro-actively with stakeholders on shared objectives and achieve outcomes whilst working proactively in a complex environment will be viewed favourably, as will experience working in an environment with multiple revenue streams.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to work with all parts of MBIEs business and utilise your commercial acumen and relationship management skills.

This role reports to the Manager Financial Accounting and Control in the Finance and Performance business group.


Why work for us

  • You will be part of an influential, energised and high performing team focused on value add customer service and innovative approach to traditional processes
  • Enjoy the challenges associated with identifying barriers and facilitating solutions in a complex environment that is evolving over time
  • Enjoy the open plan, friendly and supportive team environment that exists within MBIE


Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience in financial accounting, including revenue in a medium to large organisation
  • Strong experience in finance processes and systems
  • High standards of professionalism and performance driven
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate technical information in plain language
  • Ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships
  • Knowledge and understanding of the public sector financial management environment desirable only including knowledge of relevant statutes (e.g. Public Finance Act), Government policy, accounting principles and management practices.
  • Technical accounting expertise in relation to International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Understanding and experienced in reconciliations, control, process improvement, risk management and has a focus on integrity


 In addition to be considered you will:

  • Have a tertiary qualification in accounting
  • Chartered Accountant status with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Proven experience in Financial accounting role (Public or Commercial)
  • Must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand


About the organisation and the Group

The purpose of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to grow New Zealand for all. Our goal is to create a strong and high-performing economy by creating an environment that supports businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive.

The Finance and Performance Group has recently gone through a review and change process to ensure the group is best organised to:

  • provide greater clarity on accountabilities and responsibilities
  • improve the financial control environment and lift audit ratings
  • operate at a strategic level, partnering with MBIE's Business Groups to optimise resources and influence strategic decisions
  • lift the capability of F&P staff
  • provide improved information, analysis and insights to the business enabling better decisions

We believe that the ultimate success the new structure will be about the people operating within it and how they work collaboratively.

We are confident that the new model will lead to us being seen as a truly superb high performing Finance and Performance team, by our stakeholders. 


How to find out more and to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Ruth Greening at if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 28 September 2017.


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