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Royalties Auditor - Energy and Resource Markets

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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  • Want to use your finance or audit skills to benefit New Zealand?
  • We have an exciting opportunity for an auditor or chartered accountant to be part of our newly established Compliance team
  • You will use your experience in internal audit, external audit, compliance or forensics to implement a sophisticated Royalty Audit Programme to ensure that the Crown collects all the royalties owed from Mining & Petroleum development in New Zealand
  • You will also contribute to complex financial assessments of Petroleum & Mining companies wanting to operate in New Zealand.


About the branch

The Energy and Resource Markets Branch (ERM) provides policy and regulatory advice on energy markets, strategic advice, operational regulation, compliance services and external sector leadership to ensure that New Zealand's oil, gas, mineral and coal resources are effectively managed.


About the role

We are looking for an Auditor to work with the Principal and Senior Royalties Auditors to implement a programme of audits of petroleum and mining companies in New Zealand. 

This position is part of our newly established Compliance team in the Energy and Resource Markets Branch. The Royalty Audit programme is a critical component of the Crown Minerals regulatory system by verifying and incentivising payment of royalties owed to the Crown from Petroleum & Mining companies. The current Crown royalty return is between $200M and $300M per annum. The Royalty Programme is integral in detecting non-compliance and royalty fraud. 

The Royalties Auditor will work with other members of the Compliance team including the Principal Royalty Auditor, Compliance Officers, Investigators, and with technical experts from other teams to ensure ERM achieves successful regulatory outcomes.  The work will include auditing companies as part of a wider audit strategy based on information, intelligence and risk profiles of companies to ensure that companies are complying with the law and to identify and escalate non-compliance.

The Royalties Auditor will also lead or contribute assessments of complex financial transactions to ensure that the Crown maximises its return from utilisation of New Zealand's petroleum and minerals resources.


Skills and Experience

  • Tertiary qualification in Accounting/Finance or other relevant qualification
  • Relevant professional qualification (e.g. CIA, CA, CISA).
  • At least 2 years' experience in internal audit, external audit, compliance or forensics experience 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills along with outstanding organisational skills
  • Excellent analytical thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
  • General financial and business acumen
  • Ability to interpret and apply legislation, policy or business rules to make decisions.
  • Deliver information clearly to be understood by a range of audiences.
  • Excellent organisational ability, proven ability to meet milestones and delivery dates; sound motivational skills; an ability to deliver a high standard of service under tight and competing deadlines
  • Understanding of the investment and technical development cycle from exploration to production of petroleum and mining firms is desirable

 In addition;

  • You must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand
  • You must consent to and satisfactorily complete a credit check


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website (, or fill out the on-line application form and upload your up to date resume and cover letter.

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.


Email Peter van der Merwe at quoting reference MBIE/1355794 with further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 27 September 2018.




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