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Senior Performance Auditor

A new job or secondment improving the performance of, and the public’s trust in, the public sector

Do you want to be part of an enthusiastic team committed to carrying out high-quality work that contributes to improving the performance of, and the public’s trust in, the public sector? Read on!

Our team investigates topics that are significant to New Zealanders, such as:

  • how well the public sector achieves positive change for New Zealanders;
  • freshwater quality management;
  • managing stormwater networks to reduce the effects of flooding;
  • using information to improve social housing services;
  • how well people with mental health problems are supported when they are discharged from hospital;
  • how effectively Māori educational success is being improved;
  • New Zealand’s biodiversity management;
  • how prepared New Zealand is to respond to pests (such as the Queensland fruit fly); and
  • how public entities handle complaints.

We are looking for great people to bring an in-depth and independent perspective and good judgement as part of getting the best out of our public sector and its services.

You could be carrying out fieldwork in police stations, national parks, construction sites, schools, or hospitals. We’ll provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a role that looks at a wide range of public sector organisations.

Our Performance Audit Group produces a variety of reports for Parliament. Our work gives independent assurance to Parliament, public sector organisations, and the public that public sector organisations are operating, and accounting for their performance, in keeping with Parliament’s intentions.

Our staff have backgrounds in history, geography, economics, philosophy, psychology, music, engineering, law, and accounting. We are dedicated to helping the public sector perform to its best through our inquiring minds, relationship-management skills, shrewd judgement, and skilled communication. If this sounds of interest to you, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll be particularly interested to know if you have experience in:

  • financial analysis/management;
  • audit/evaluation;
  • effective and efficient delivery of services; and/or
  • Māori or Pacific Island working environments.

We’re looking for Senior Performance Auditors either for permanent employment or a one- or two-year secondment. You will lead performance audits and other pieces of work. You’ll have demonstrated experience in leading small teams to successfully deliver major projects, writing high-quality reports in plain English, and working with people in the community, senior personnel in public sector organisations, and politicians.

You’ll also:

  • be self-motivated, disciplined, reliable, and determined with a “can do” approach;
  • be a team player and flexible;
  • operate with respect, trust, and support for others;
  • excel at interpersonal and relationship-management skills;
  • be strong in cognitive, analytical, and problem-solving skills;
  • have excellent writing and oral communication skills; and
  • have a tertiary qualification.

To find out more about us, see our website at or watch this video of our staff talking about their work.

For more information, please contact Jen Broster on 04 917 1500 or

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

If you are considering a secondment opportunity with us, you will need to get agreement from your current organisation. We suggest talking to your organisation about this opportunity before applying.

(and you'll find the position description there, too). 

Salary will range from $99,000-$130,000, placement dependant on experience.

Applications close Monday, 2 April 2018.

Data Analyst, Research and Development

Applications close Monday 22 January 2018.

The Office of the Auditor-General is looking for an experienced Data Analyst to join our Research and Development (R&D) team. If you have well-developed analytical, research, and problem-solving skills, and have a strong commitment to improving the public sector, this could be the opportunity you've been waiting for.

You'll report to the Assistant Auditor-General R&D, and work closely with the team's Directors and another Data Analyst. You'll be carrying out research and analysis projects that align with and inform the current and emerging priorities of the Office. You'll be working individually and with colleagues to explore, collect, and analyse data from various internal and external sources.

To be successful in this role, you'll need:

  • a relevant tertiary qualification;
  • the ability to gather and understand data, then manipulate, analyse, and evaluate it;
  • experience in designing, building, or improving data processes, business intelligence solutions, and data warehouses;
  • enthusiasm for big data and emerging database technologies;
  • strong technical and advanced Excel skills; and
  • the ability to learn quickly and solve problems, with good communication and relationship management skills and a “can do” attitude.

Ideally, you'll also know about:

  • accounting, auditing and assurance principles and their practical application;
  • Microsoft SQL Server (2008 or later) and the related BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, SSIS, Power View, and Power BI);
  • manipulating data using T-SQL in the form of queries, views, and stored procedures;
  • PowerPivot, Analysis ToolPak, and Power Map; and
  • data visualisation tools, such as Tableau, QlikView, Business Objects, and Cognos) and/or statistical analysis packages (R, SSPS, SAS).

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth on 04 917 1500 or

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

Applications close Monday 22 January 2018.

Page last updated: 16 March 2018

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Sandy Hoggarth.

Sandy Hoggarth
Recruitment Advisor
phone 021 222 1602

Our Office employs people from all walks of life, including those who have immigrated to New Zealand and made it their new home. In this video, some of our staff talk about their role in the Performance Audit Group and what makes New Zealand such a great place to live and work.

Transcript for this video.