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The Serious Fraud Office is a highly specialised government agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting  serious or complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption. We take pride in the work we do to keep New Zealand safe, and we employ an excellent team to ensure we do just that.

We have CBD offices in Auckland and Wellington and, when fully resourced, the SFO employs 86 people - 90 percent of whom have a frontline role.   Roles include forensic accountants, investigators, lawyers, prevention advisers, business services, and investigation support specialists.

Maintaining a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture is important at the SFO. Appointments are based on merit and all employees have a responsibility to promote a work culture in which all people, whatever their gender, ethnic or social background, sexual orientation or role – are valued and treated equitably and with respect.

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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.

Recruiting now...

  • Electronic Forensic Investigator - Auckland - applications close 22 March
  • Senior Investigating Lawyer - Wellington - applications close 16 March
  • Evaluating Lawyer or Evaluating Investigator - Auckland - applications close 9 March

Electronic Forensic Investigator - Auckland

The SFO seeks an experienced Electronic Forensic Investigator to join our Commercial Bay, Auckland CBD team. 

In this role you will work under the supervision of our Principal Electronic Forensic Investigator, and within a multidisciplinary team, to deliver electronic forensic services to assist the SFO with the investigation and prosecution of serious and complex financial crime. You will ensure the acquisition, preservation, analysis, and presentation of electronic data as evidence, be responsible for the efficient analysis of the evidence, and assist with the preparation of examination reports. Collaboratively, you will continuously improve the capability of the Electronic Forensic Unit (both hardware and software) to ensure that the SFO is operating to best practice standards. You will develop professional credibility through continuous improvement of skills and knowledge in the electronic forensic arena, enabling you to act as an expert witness in Court on the subject of electronic forensics.

To be successful in this role you will have proven technical expertise in electronic forensic tools and methodology.  You will have in-depth knowledge of tools such as EnCase, FTK, Cellebrite, Paladin, Axiom, MacQuisition, X-Ways, Forensic Explorer, and others, advanced skill in social media and cloud investigations, and desktop, laptop, and mobile device forensic analysis.

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 recruitment@sfo.govt.nz  quoting reference HRC0004298 and ‘Electronic Forensic Investigator - Auckland’ 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.

A position description is available to download below

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 March 2021

Senior Investigating Lawyer - Wellington

The SFO seeks a Senior Investigating Lawyer to join our Wellington CBD team.  This is a permanent employment and full-time role for an experienced criminal lawyer who holds a current practicing certificate.  

In this role you will report to a Principal, who is also a lawyer, and you will work in a multi-disciplinary team.  You will contribute to the investigation strategy of a case, undertake legal analysis, and provide legal opinions to the investigation team.  You will also participate in investigation tasks, including interviews, and draft case reports. You will work productively with leading criminal prosecutors on the conduct of SFO prosecutions.  You will assist with the preparation of court documents and you may appear, as required, in Court on preliminary matters and support prosecution panel members at trial.

To be successful in this role you will have (or have the ability to hold) a Practicing Certificate. Previous experience in investigations and litigation of financial crime matters, including investment fraud, procurement fraud, large scale mortgage fraud, as well as bribery and corruption, is highly beneficial. You will be collaborative, have excellent research and analysis skills and an ability to quickly understand facts and complexities to form sound advice. 

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 recruitment@sfo.govt.nz  quoting reference HRC0004421 and ‘Senior Investigating Lawyer - Wellington’ 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.

The position description for this role is available to download below

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 Tuesday 16 March 2021.

Evaluating Lawyer or Officer - Auckland

At the SFO, we employ an excellent team of accountants, investigators, lawyers, and electronic forensic experts, to ensure we keep New Zealand safe from financial crime.

Our Evaluating Lawyer or Evaluating Investigator is the first point of contact for any allegation of financial crime reported to the SFO.  Surrounded by a talented team, you will be responsible for the initial evaluation of complaints and the referral to other agencies, where appropriate, if they don’t meet SFO criteria.  Where a complaint requires further action, you will contribute to more in-depth evaluation, by conducting enquiries and reporting your findings.  At all times you will have the support and guidance of our senior team members.

This is a fantastic opportunity for either a lawyer, with at least two years’ post qualification experience, or an investigator, with transferrable skills from experience investigating criminal or regulatory offending.  We seek an enthusiastic, responsive, and effective performer with commercial acumen and the ability to apply good judgement.  Additionally, you will have competent analytical and problem identification skills.  We offer the opportunity to gain great experience in the detection, evaluation, and investigation of serious or complex financial crime.

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 recruitment@sfo.govt.nz  quoting reference HRC0004415 and ‘Evaluating Lawyer’ or 'Evaluating Investigator' 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.

The position description for this role available to download below.

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 Tuesday 9 March 2021