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Forensic Accountant

NZ Police
Job Category:
Accounting & finance
Bay of Plenty - Tauranga
Bay of Plenty
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Forensic Accountant– Asset Recovery Unit

New Zealand Police

Tauranga, Financial Crime Group

Band I $80,902.00 - $109,457.00

Permanent Position

Vacancy 1841



The Asset Recovery Unit's primary roles are to deny criminals the opportunity to benefit from their offending or the ability to re-invest in criminal activity.  Police do this by taking away their "ill gotten gains" and making sure that crime really doesn't pay.  International trends among Law Enforcement Agencies indicate that recovering assets is often more successful and may be a bigger deterrent than the criminal prosecution.  That trend is being mirrored in New Zealand and as a result, this area of investigation is growing.


The Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 is a relatively new piece of legislation based on civil court processes.  This means you will be dealing with criminals on the "balance of probabilities".  New case law is being obtained constantly and you will be encouraged to push the boundaries, use your initiative and explore ways of using the Act to recover criminal gains.


You will be part of a small but vibrant team based in Tauranga. This is not a role where you will sit in an office looking at numbers. We are looking for an Accountant who can work with investigators to achieve the best outcomes for the Commissioner.



What do you need?

Skills – you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proven experience in analysing financial documents and large volumes of data
  • Prepare or reconstruct financial statements or personal financial affair
  • Prepare and communicate findings and recommendations to stakeholders
  • Demonstrate proven knowledge about current laws in areas of specialisation, regulations, new methods and technologies, financial and accounting issues, and market trends within and outside New Zealand
  • Have a high level of written and oral communication skills with the ability to confidently communicate their findings in a judicial setting.
  • View financial data in an innovative and analytical manner in order to identify trends and solutions which might not be immediately apparent.


Experience – you will:

  • Either be a Chartered Accountant or have a relevant tertiary qualification with at least five years experience in this field.
  • Have an understanding and or exposure to a variety of business structures and commercial affairs
  • Be proficient in Microsoft applications with a strong emphasis on excel, and be prepared to adapt to and use law enforcement platforms

 The successful applicant will be required to undergo a full reference and security check prior to any offer of employment being made. The successful applicant will also be required to obtain a top secret security clearance.



Partner Level 1 - Individual Contributor

Deliver Level 1- Individual Contributor

Lead Level 1 - Individual Contributor


*To view the description of the above core competencies, visit How We Do Things under the Recruitment process information on our Police Jobs website


Panel Members

Detective Sergeant Paul (Ricky) Thompson, Supervisor: ARU (Panel Chair)

Barrie Vevers, Senior Forensic Accountant

Tessa Jacks, Forensic Accountant


To view the position description for this role please follow this link

To apply for this job, please visit and enter job requisition number 1841.

Please note: Applications will only be accepted when formally submitted through our Career Website. 

You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae which provides a brief account of your education, skills and experience. In addition, you must complete an application form telling us why you are interested in applying for the position and how you meet the Core competencies of the role using no more than 4000 characters for each question.


Note, if you are an existing Police Employee, you must apply through our internal careers site.


If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact the Hiring Manager at


Applications close at 5pm, Friday 29 September 2017

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