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Assurance Principal - Internal Audit and Assurance

Office of the Secretary for Education

  • Permanent positions, Wellington-based
  • You will join a multiple award-winning team
  • Support the important mahi our ministry does for Aotearoa

Help shape the future of Education

He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes

At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.

We shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary.

We are making significant changes to how we deliver our purpose

So that we:

  • Taking practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Giving priority to regional and local voice.
  • Delivering greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support.
  • Improving feedback loops and information flows.

Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people around Aotearoa, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

Mō tēnei tūranga | About the role

The role of the Assurance Principal is to lead assigned audit engagements end-to-end from scoping and planning to communicating results and closing the engagement.

You will be advising the Assurance Director on proposed engagement objectives, developing a thorough understanding of the audit subject or activity, engaging with management, leading the audit team to deliver the engagement, communicating observations, and agreeing recommendations with management.

The Assurance Principal may be expected to deputise for the Assurance Director from time to time.

Mōhou ake | About you

We are looking for someone who is curious about why things are, not just what they are and how they work. You will have the ability to build constructive and meaningful business relationships, effective communication and influencing skills and achieving great outcomes through others.

You will also offer:

  • A tertiary qualification with a minimum of five years' experience in assurance roles
  • Proven expertise in making risk and control assessments and promoting business process improvements
  • Proficiency in assurance methodologies
  • CAANZ, IIA, ISACA, Prince2 or PMBoK professional qualification or equivalent
  • Exemplary relationship management skills

Mātau rōpū ake | About our group and team

Internal Audit and Assurance provides Te Ohu Poutoko | Leadership Team and the respective Hautū | Deputy Secretaries with independent assurance and objective advice on the adequacy of systems, process, and controls that underpin Ministry performance. Our work is risk-based, which means we direct our attention and efforts on matters that have a strong bearing on the purpose and outcomes of the Ministry. We strive to make a positive difference with our risk insights and controls expertise, improvement orientation, and inclusive engagement with Ministry colleagues at all levels

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? | Are you ready to make a difference?

We need to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.

We want to provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued, and supported.

For more information on the role, please look at the job description. For additional information on the changes Te Tāhuhu are embarking on, please visit our careers centre. If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply' button.

In your cover letter we'd like to know:

  • about you, your values, your whakapapa
  • your interest and motivations for this role
  • the abilities, strengths, personal attributes, and diverse perspectives you will bring to the role and this organisation.

The Ministry encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated although currently this is a voluntary requirement. There is no requirement to show evidence of your vaccine status as this role is not covered by the Public Health (Vaccinations) Order.

For further information, please contact Veranay Samuels at Veranay.samuels@education.govt.nz

Applications close at midnight, Sunday 21 August 2022

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