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Senior Advisor, Internal Audit

Senior Advisor, Internal Audit

  • Support the Manager Internal Audit to implement our Conservation Assurance strategy, internal audit charter and IA Annual Programme.
  • Take advantage of a range of development and training opportunities across the organisation
  • Four weeks + three days annual leave per year pro-rata, flexible working options
  • Permanent full time, Wellington location.
Toitū te marae a Tāne-Mahuta, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata
If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive

Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai (DOC) serves to protect and sustain nature across Aotearoa. We put nature and people at the heart of our mahi, guided by te reo Māori, te ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We do this by:

  • Protecting land, species, ecosystems, and cultural heritage for conservation purposes
  • Managing threats and adverse impacts
  • Being a voice for conservation
  • Connecting people to nature

He angitūtanga | About the role

How would you enjoy partnering with dedicated conservation experts across Aotearoa on critical and rewarding mahi, to investigate and improve the way we deliver our Conservation Outcomes?

The Department have an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled internal auditor to bring their experience in internal audit and an innovative mindset to help us deliver an integrated approach to assurance activities within the organisation.

As Internal Auditor, you will take a strategic, enterprise-view across multi-disciplined, technically diverse, and highly specialised functions that deliver conservation outcomes for Aotearoa, New Zealand.

You will directly support the Manager Internal Audit to drive the internal audit programme and lead work across the business to embed the Internal Auditors professionally recognised Three Lines assurance model across the Department.

The position will be focussed on:

  • Provide expert advice and guidance across the Department of Conservation to ensure systems and processes are well designed and the controls operating as intended
  • Support the Manager Internal Audit to provide the Risk and Assurance Committee with the appropriate periodic Audit Plan and framework updates
  • Support the Manager Internal Audit to drive the implementation of the internal audit strategy
  • Conduct inquiries as required while conforming to IIA standards.
  • Operate closely with the Risk and Resilience team to achieve integrated assurance advice at senior levels within the Department.

Make an impact through this role by influencing internal policies for; Fraud, Risk Management, Conflict of Interest, Gifts and Hospitality, and Protected Disclosures.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

The role requires a risk and assurance professional, with experience gained in either the commercial or public sector environment. You will have a keen risk radar and be comfortable operating in complex environments.

If you have the following attributes, we are keen to hear from you:

  • A relevant graduate degree in accountancy, business information systems or finance or IIA Graduate Certificate in Internal Auditing
  • Detailed knowledge of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Professional Practices Framework and associated standards
  • Experience in providing advice and expertise to independent Risk and Assurance Committee, senior management and colleagues across the Department
  • Understanding of tikanga and Treaty of Waitangi principles
  • Well- developed understanding of systems thinking
  • Able to think strategically and see linkages between different streams of work
  • Relevant professional memberships such as the Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Experience in Central Government systems, processes, and protocols
  • Able to coach and develop others
  • Current full driving licence required


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Contract management

Mō te tīma | About the team

The Conservation Assurance Team, within the Public Affairs Group, works across the organisation in conjunction with DOC Leaders to provide independent, objective advice and information that gives us (DOC) confidence in the way we work and operate. This is achieved through the Unit's Internal Audit work programme, and leadership for embedding the Department's approach to risk management. The team is a primary point of co-ordination and assessment across DOC's internal audit programme, risk, assurance and inquiries.

We are a close-knit team that enjoy diversity in personality and thought, and are a fun bunch that know how to have a good time while delivering high quality work. Based in Wellington and Christchurch offices, we have high integrity when dealing with the sensitive topics in our work and are encouraging of open dialogue, challenging ideas and shaking up our approaches.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What's in it for you?

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, creating an inclusive workplace culture, supporting the relationship between Māori and the Crown, and lifting our cultural capability. We encourage our people to bring their authentic self and unique perspectives to work, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

  • Flexible working opportunities suited to your role
  • Career development, secondment and training opportunities to help you realise your goals
  • Study assistance in programmes that are relevant to your work
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and discounted medical insurance
  • Great discounts on DOC accommodation and outdoor apparel and gear so you're ready for your next adventure
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter that highlights your relevant skills experience and motivation for joining
Te Papa Atawhai.

Starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Rā katinga | Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday, 1 February 2023.

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries: contact Graeme Ayres, gayres@doc.govt.nz

Taupānga | Job Reference: DOC/1687473 or 100/4002.

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