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The SFO seeks a Case Briefing Officer. Applications close 10am Monday 22 August 2022

Position Description

The Serious Fraud Office is a highly specialised government department responsible for the investigation and prosecution of serious or complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption. We take pride in the work we do to keep New Zealand safe from financial crime.

At the SFO, we employ an expert team of accountants, investigators, lawyers, electronic forensic experts, and support people to achieve our mandate.  

We seek a law enforcement or criminal law specialist to join our team based in Commercial Bay, Auckland CBD as Case Briefing Officer. This is a permanent employment status role with full-time hours.

As our Case Briefing Officer, you will assist the SFO’s case teams by preparing formal written statements, arranging for the statements to be agreed upon and signed, and preparing witness lists. You will manage relationships with witnesses in preparation for and during criminal trials, ensuring they are well informed and supported throughout the prosecution proceedings.  You will collect, organise, and summarise information, verify transcripts, and assemble documents, reports, and evidence for cases.  At trial, you will assist with logistics and witness coordination, and operate the SFO’s electronic courtroom.

To be successful in this role, you will have considerable experience within the criminal prosecution environment and comprehensive knowledge of its processes, along with a clear understanding of relevant legislation such as the Crimes Act 1961, Evidence Act 2006 and Criminal Procedure Act 2012. You have expertise in preparing formal statements for criminal investigations and prosecutions and have worked extensively with witnesses. You have worked with case management systems and master new technology with ease. Particularly organised, you apply structure to your tasks and have proven effectiveness in executing multiple priorities concurrently and independently. You are known for your thoroughness, dependability, and sound judgement, and retain these attributes when working within time constraints and on matters of significance.

At the SFO we value a ‘growth mindset’ and explore this attribute during our recruitment process and in our development discussions.  We believe possessing a growth mindset is a key contributor to success in the SFO environment.  We are a close knit, motivated team with a strong workplace culture. We recognise that diversity and inclusion is important to our work. We value the unique abilities and perspectives of our employees which allows us to continue to create a supportive environment that meets the needs of our people, our business, and the communities where we work.  We are a flexible by default organisation. When our work allows, we have opportunity to work remotely a couple of days each week, and we have flexible start and finish times. We offer an additional week of annual leave that covers the three usual workdays between Christmas and New Year plus two days to use at our discretion.

If you wish to apply for this role, please send a PDF version of your CV and cover letter (attachments titled ‘First Name Last Name – CV or Cover Letter’) to recruitment@sfo.govt.nz  quoting reference HRC0005329 and ‘Case Briefing Officer’ in the subject line.  If you would like further information, you are welcome to call Emma Reid – Recruiter with the SFO on 021 199 0985.

To be considered for this role you must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for this position.  Applicants who do not meet these requirements cannot be considered.

Applications close 10am Monday 22 August 2022

In accordance with the Privacy Act 2020, the Serious Fraud Office is collecting, and you as a recruitment candidate are providing, personal information for the purpose of assessing your candidacy for employment with the SFO now and in the future.

In providing your personal information to the SFO, you authorise the SFO to disseminate information about you to persons and third parties involved in the SFO’s recruitment process.  These persons and third parties may include SFO employees, SFO contractors, and agencies and individuals providing assessments, probity, background, and identity check services. 

The SFO undertakes to collect and store your personal information securely, as defined in the Privacy Act 2020.  You retain the right to request review, amendment, return or destruction of your personal information, with exception of any information deemed evaluative or where that information may breach the privacy of others.  Should employment with the SFO eventuate, your personal information will be retained in the SFO employment records.