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Senior Advisor, Auditor Appointments

Office of the Auditor-General
Job Category:
Accounting & finance
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Senior Advisor, Auditor Appointments

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. Over the next few years, we're expecting to deliver more outputs, and we want our work to have greater impact in the future.

This new role, is to provide advice on, and implement policy for, appointing auditors to act on behalf of the Auditor-General, and to set and monitor audit fees for public entities. They will do this through:

  • implementing existing auditor appointment policies, and recommending appropriate policy changes when necessary;
  • supporting the appropriate auditor appointment procedures for the audit of each public entity as current contracts expire, and as new public entities are established;
  • assessing variations to contracts, and authorising appropriate approvals;
  • assessing proposed audit fees;
  • identifying, and managing the resolution of, any issues with auditor appointments; and
  • carrying out audit tender processes from time to time.

The successful candidate will:

  • have a tertiary qualification, ideally in a directly relevant subject such as public policy, accounting or auditing, or equivalent specialist knowledge;
  • have a general understanding of the audit process, and of auditing and accounting standards;
  • have a general understanding of law, best practice for tenders for services, and contract negotiation;
  • have a sound understanding of public accountability and the Auditor-General's role in it, and the audit and assurance products of the Office; and
  • demonstrate sound judgement, particularly in managing relationships and resolving disputes.

Our benefits

  • Learning and development opportunities
  • We support 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 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

To find out more about us, see our website:

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

Applications close Wednesday 23 January 2020.


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