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Senior Advisor, Assurance

New Zealand Customs Service
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Project/Procurement/Risk Assurance
Wellington - Wellington
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

The New Zealand Customs Service protects and promotes New Zealand across borders. We promote New Zealand's international trade, collect due Crown revenue, and enforce the law by identifying and seizing prohibited imports and exports. We also make sure that lawful traveller's and items can move across our border as smoothly as possible.

Our Māori name - Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa - translates as "the authority that screens and protects New Zealand".

The Senior Advisor, Assurance is part of the Risk, Assurance and Integrity team, a team that provides the Comptroller with independent assurance on Customs' processes and controls, and advisory services that support the organisation across a range of integrity-related matters.

We are looking for an experienced, self-motivated internal auditor to manage the assurance programme for New Zealand Customs.  The Senior Advisor, Assurance helps Customs achieve its objectives by:

  • taking a lead in the ongoing development of assurance frameworks and strategies
  • designing and developing a coordinated and integrated annual assurance work programme
  • ensuring a practical and flexible approach to the planning and delivery of assurance engagements and services
  • providing objective assessments of the adequacy and effectiveness of systems, processes and controls.

We are looking for someone who brings a broad knowledge and perspective to the RA&I team to provide the Comptroller, the Executive, the Assurance and Risk Committee and senior managers with independent advice and assurance on the effectiveness of existing processes, internal controls and safeguards over strategic, operational, financial and other risks.

The successful applicant will work collaboratively with all levels of Customs to appropriately inform and influence the design and implementation of new systems and processes responding to Customs' strategic objectives.

You will hold a relevant qualification, preferably be a chartered accountant, however this is not essential.  You'll ideally have some public sector experience, and familiarity with all of Govt procurement processes would be an advantage

Your highly developed communication skills will mean that you have a natural ability to build rapport and present your findings in a way that is meaningful with all levels of the organisation, right through to the highest leadership level.  Your recommendations will need to be balanced, taking into account the requirements as well as what is practical and achievable.

This is your chance to shape and actively promote the concept of continuous improvement within an agency with a diverse range of functions.  You have an opportunity to make this role your own, and see the results of your hard work be put into practice, benefiting not only NZ Customs but the wider community too.

If you are someone who is prepared to be hands on across a wide range of assurance and more traditional internal audit activity, is happy juggling priorities, and enjoys challenging and interesting work, we would love to hear from you.

To Apply:

You must be a New Zealand Citizen or be a NZ Permanent Resident, and obtain and maintain the required security clearance (Confidential) and pass a drug test. Please submit a CV and cover letter that shows your ability to meet the skills required for the role.

New Zealand Customs Service | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa is a member of Diversity Works New Zealand and is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace.  We provide equal employment opportunities, consider flexible working arrangements and welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role.

For further information about this role, please view the position description attached.

Applications for this role close 5pm, Wednesday 18 December 2019.  Interviews for this position will take place week commencing 13 January 2020.


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