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The SFO seeks an accomplished communications specialist to join our Commercial Bay, Auckland CBD team as Communications Lead. Applications close 10am Monday 28 June 2021.

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.

The SFO seeks an accomplished communications specialist to join our Commercial Bay, Auckland CBD team as Communications Lead.  This is a salaried permanent employment status position with full-time hours.  

In the role of Communications Lead, you will report to our Business Services Manager and work closely with our Chief Executive, Senior Leadership Team, and government stakeholders such as  the Minister’s office, State Services Commission and Ministry of Justice. In this sole-charge role your remit is focused on media engagement, including responding to enquiries and writing and delivering statements and releases.  You will manage our website and social media presence, and act as event manager for our significant announcements and celebrations.  You will deliver our Annual Report and ad hoc publications, help formulate our responses to Select Committee questions and act as custodian of our brand guidelines.

To be successful in this role you will have demonstrated achievement in broad communications roles where you have had sole responsibility for delivering strategic and operational level products and tasks. Experience working within or with the New Zealand public sector is beneficial, as is connection with the New Zealand media community.  You are an accomplished wordsmith and apply your craft appropriately across platforms and audiences. An effective and engaging communicator, you enjoy constructing and delivering compelling messaging. Highly collaborative, you have an ability to quickly understand facts, complexities, and intent, to inform your work product.  Possessing an eye for design, you have competency with a range of applications used to create presentations and publications.

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.

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  quoting reference HRC0004626 and ‘Communications Lead’ 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 currently hold the legal entitlement 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 28 June 2021

In the course of recruitment, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) collects personal information provided by you as a recruitment candidate, for the purpose of assessing your candidacy for employment with the SFO. Your personal information will be treated in accordance with our obligations under the Privacy Act 2020.

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.  We do not use, share, or disclose personal information collected or received through the recruitment process except as set out in this  statement, with your consent, or in accordance with the disclosure exceptions set out in the Privacy Act 2020

The SFO undertakes to collect and store your personal information securely, as defined in the Privacy Act 2020.  You retain the right to request a review, amendment, return or destruction of your personal information, subject to relevant grounds of refusal under the Privacy Act 2020. Should employment with the SFO eventuate, your personal information will be securely retained in the SFO employment records