Work for us

This is an exciting time to join the Office of the Auditor-General. We're here to make a difference, and we have opportunities for you to further your career in an organisation uniquely placed to influence improvements throughout the public sector.

What we offer

If you're working for us in a permanent role, we offer you:

  • five weeks' annual leave;
  • seasonal influenza immunisations;
  • two-yearly eye-tests;  
  • discounted health insurance;
  • life and total permanent disability insurance (at the Auditor-General's discretion);
  • study assistance;
  • access to a career board, to help develop you in your current role or toward the next one;
  • flexible working arrangements;
  • parental leave (including your full annual leave entitlement);
  • access to a counselling and support service (the Employee Assistance Programme);
  • workplace support networks (including a Rainbow Network); and
  • a contribution to the costs of eyewear.

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

Principal Advisor Strategy

Fixed term or secondment for 32 Hours per week

The Opportunity

With significant change facing New Zealand and the public sector we’re looking for a Principal Advisor, Strategy to join us for a nine month fixed term contract or secondment. Working directly with the Manager, Strategy and Performance, you’ll play a key role in helping shape the Auditor-General’s strategic intentions for the next five years to ensure we focus on the right things at the right time.

You’ll provide intellectual leadership, analysis, and advice on strategic and cross-cutting issues relevant to the strategic direction and business of the Office. You’ll work within the Strategy and Performance team to provide timely and effective support to our senior leaders, including developing strategy and an operating model, and supporting planning, reporting, and corporate governance.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • significant senior-level experience in strategy and operating model development, public administration, and machinery of government;
  • strong analytical and critical-thinking skills and evidence of applying those skills to deliver robust strategic advice and products;
  • experience in leading change in strategies and operating models, and supporting organisations to build impact and enhance influence;
  • an understanding of how to turn strategy into tactical outcomes and action in complex organisations;
  • superb written and oral communication skills;
  • a relevant tertiary qualification or proven experience; and
  • excellent interpersonal and strong relationship management and stakeholder influencing skills.

About us

The Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake (the Office) aims to improve trust and promote value in the public sector. Our audits and reviews of public organisations – from government departments to councils and schools – play a major part in ensuring that New Zealand’s public sector remains one of the most trusted in the world. Because of this, the Office has a unique overview of the whole public sector.

We offer our staff:

  • learning and development opportunities;
  • supportive flexible working; and
  • health and well-being benefits.

What we stand for

People matter | Our independence is critical | We act with integrity and courage | We’re here to make a difference

We have a diverse and inclusive team that helps us to understand the issues facing the public sector and how these affect the lives of New Zealanders. 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.

We require this role to be carried out by a person fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employment in this position is therefore conditional on you being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If you do not provide confirmation of your vaccination status in a form acceptable to Controller and Auditor-General, you will be presumed to be unvaccinated. In that event, your employment will not be able to commence.

For more information, please contact

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

Applications close 22 December 2021.

Notes for applicants

  1. We usually ask candidates to apply through the website. We'll use the information you provide through that site to help us consider your suitability for the position you've applied for. (If your application is successful, we'll put this information on your personnel file. You can ask to see the information in that file, and to seek any correction you think necessary to ensure accuracy.)
  2. If the advertised position doesn't include a link to the website, please email your curriculum vitae and a covering letter to the Advisor, Talent and Recruitment.
  3. Many positions in Audit New Zealand and the Office of the Auditor-General require you to have a satisfactory security clearance. Therefore, any offer of employment might be conditional on a satisfactory security clearance.
  4. If we proceed with your application, we'll ask for the details we need for your security clearance and details of any criminal convictions.
  5. Please note that if you've given incorrect or misleading information, or have left out any important information or fail to obtain a security clearance, you may be disqualified from appointment. If you've already been appointed, your employment may be immediately terminated.
  6. If your application is successful, we'll need to see:
    • certificates of your educational qualifications;
    • if applicable, evidence of your New Zealand Citizenship, residency, or work permit.
  7. All employees of the Controller and Auditor-General must be independent of the organisations we audit. Accordingly, as an employee you will be required to complete an independence declaration. This declaration includes the disclosure of a financial interest of you (or a family member) in an audited organisation, or a personal relationship with a member of that organisation’s executive or staff.
  8. If your disclosure reveals an existing or potential problem you won't be assigned to any project where your independence as an employee could be compromised, or where a conflict of interest situation might arise. At the extreme end of the spectrum, you might be asked to divest yourself of any investments in an organisation under audit.

What we stand for: People matter | Our independence is critical | We act with integrity and courage | We’re here to make a difference

Page last updated: 8 December 2021