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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 are based in Auckland with about 50 employees - 90 percent of whom have a frontline role. The central city office consists of forensic accountants, investigators, lawyers, 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.

Visit our LinkedIn page at www.linkedin.com/company/serious-fraud-office to connect with us.

Current vacancies

Financial Crime Investigator

This is a varied role that combines many responsibilities, including contributing to the investigation strategy of a case, working closely with our forensic accountants and investigating lawyers, planning and conducting witness and victim interviews, evidence analysis using the SFO electronic evidence management platform and writing case reports.  

The role requires the successful applicant to bring their investigative experience, technical knowledge and skills to investigate and prosecute serious or complex financial crime. We are looking for someone who has worked in a domestic or overseas law enforcement agency, or similar body, and who is an enthusiastic and confident performer.  

To be considered for the role, you must have a minimum of two years’ investigation experience as a qualified Detective or equivalent and you would have undertaken investigative work relating to financial crime, including investment fraud, procurement fraud, large mortgage fraud as well as bribery and corruption. 

At the SFO, 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 have a strong workplace culture. 

If you are interested in this role or you would like further information, please send a PDF version of your resume and details to recruitment@sfo.govt.nz quoting reference HRC0003342. 

Applicants 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 the position applied for. Applicants who do not meet these requirements should not apply.

Closing date: 5.00pm on Friday 7 February.

Investigating Lawyer (12-month fixed term)

We are looking for an investigating lawyer with a current practicing certificate who has five years or more experience as a criminal lawyer. 

This is a varied role that combines many responsibilities, including contributing to the investigation strategy of a case, participating in investigations, conducting witness and victim interviews, providing legal opinions to the investigation team and drafting case reports and, where required, charges. You may act as an instructing solicitor which would entail drafting and overseeing the preparation of court documents and appearing as required in court on preliminary matters and supporting prosecution panel members at trial. 

We are looking for someone who is energetic and results driven, intellectually capable of working alongside leading criminal prosecutors, excellent team player and experienced in investigations and litigation. In return we will give you some really fundamental experience in the process surrounding investigating and prosecuting financial crime, bribery and corruption to add to your toolbox. 

At the SFO, we recognise that diversity and inclusion is important to our business. 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 are interested in this role or you would like further information, please send a PDF version of your resume and details to recruitment@sfo.govt.nz quoting reference HRC0003341. 

Applicants 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 the position applied for. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered. 

Closing date: 5.00pm on Friday 7 February.

Forensic Accountant (12-month fixed term)

Forensic Accountants form a critical part of a multi-disciplinary team assigned to each investigation and contribute to the investigation strategy of a case, provide in-depth accounting and financial analysis, conduct case related witness interviews and provide expert evidence in court.   

This is a great opportunity for an experienced accountant with an investigative mindset wishing to work in the context of some of the country’s biggest and most complex fraud cases.

We are looking for you to have: 

  • the ability to perform and interpret relevant complex financial analysis;
  • an understanding of how business activity is documented, recorded, reported, managed and controlled;
  • the ability to document and explain business information and the results of the financial analyses; and
  • two years’ experience, at least, as a qualified accountant.

To be considered, you will be a member of either CPA, CAANZ or equivalent.

At the SFO, 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 have a strong workplace culture. 

If you are interested in this role or you would like further information, please send a PDF version of your resume and details to recruitment@sfo.govt.nz quoting reference HRC0003365. 

Applicants 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 the position applied for. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered. 

Closing date: 5.00pm on Friday 7 February.