Forensic Accountant

at New Zealand Police
Location Auckland, New Zealand
Date Posted May 25, 2023
Category Accounting and Finance
Job Type Full-time
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Forensic Accountant New Zealand Police location Auckland.

Company description New Zealand Police is working with the community to make New Zealanders be safe and feel safe. With over 13,000 staff, we provide policing services 24 hours a day, every day. We operate by land, sea and air, manage over 860,000 emergency calls a year and are always actively preventing crime and crashes.

We're working towards specific goals and targets that highlight our intent to work collaboratively with iwi and communities, other government sectors and business partners to deliver ‘Our Business' and achieve long-term change.

About the role Kia ora. The National Organised Crime Group is a New Zealand Police Group with an extensive multi-agency focus. Our aim is to reduce the harm that serious and organised crime, including financial crime, causes in our communities.

We detect, investigate and prosecute those committing this offending and disrupt their activities through, among other measures, operations to restrain and forfeit the proceeds of crime. We also seek to improve understanding of organised crime networks and the harm they cause, as well as preventing the risks they pose, both within New Zealand and internationally.

The National Organised Crime Group centralises and enhances intelligence gathering against organised crime groups so information is shared between law enforcement and other relevant agencies. We collaborate with, and enhance cooperation between, law enforcement and other relevant agencies in planning and conducting operations, both nationally and internationally.

As well as our enforcement goals, the ultimate outcome we are seeking is for New Zealand to be an even safer country, with a strong reputation as a safe place and a reduction in social harm in our communities. The National Organised Crime Group are looking for motivated individuals to join their team as Forensic Accountants - who can manage reactive and proactive investigations and financial analysis.

NOCG Investigators work on complex and challenging investigations at the higher end of criminal offending. In the role of Forensic Accountant you will provide accounting services in support of serious and complex crime investigations. Review and audit a range of financial evidence from a variety of sources to identify money laundering, proceeds of crime and other matters related to serious crimes.

Provide reports suitable for supporting and securing prosecutions including the preparation of formal written statements and affidavits and present evidence in court hearings. Provide the police with credible professional opinions and expert evidence for the purpose of successfully prosecuting crime; and Support and enhance our investigations. You will work closely with the investigation teams and be immersed in the investigations. You will maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the file over the life of the investigation and prosecution.

You will be a chartered accountant committed to continuing professional development and maintaining knowledge about current laws, regulations, emerging methods and technologies, financial and accounting issues and market trends within and outside New Zealand. You will provide training, guidance and advice to other organisations and industry groups on serious and economic crime including money laundering, financial transaction reporting and financial investigative techniques as required.

You will be located/based at the National Organised Crime Group (NOCG) offices in either Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch and you will report to the Detective Senior Sergeant position at Auckland NOCG. NOCG has an approachable management structure and a consultative work environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute.

Key accountabilities prepare and present information in a clear and concise manner both written and verbal. Proficient in utilising Excel. Manage time effectively to meet deadlines on multiple files. Identify and assess complex financial information and determine its relevance to the investigation as evidence.

Identify and demonstrate links between targets and alleged criminally acquired assets. Communicate relevant information with the investigation team. Be able to draft production orders and Requests for Information. Establish and maintain effective communication with internal and external customers and stakeholders, e.g. Asset Recovery Unit, Financial Crime Group, and financial institutions. Appear as an expert witness and provide evidence for the Crown. Work effectively as a member of a team. Understand the need for and practice operational security.

What you'll bring being part of the Police whānau is about being our best to ensure our communities are safe and feel safe. Our Core Competencies provide a shared understanding of the behaviours, leadership and technical competence required for success at each level of Police. Whilst we are looking for skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the role, we also place high importance on your state of mind, the alignment of your values with ours, your ability to contribute to and build high performing teams, and the way that you lead yourself or others.

Be self motivated with the ability to manage a high workload. Have the ability to actively prioritise both reactive and proactive work. Be experienced in detailed financial analysis and complex investigations. Have the ability to present complex financial data in a clear and concise manner.

Work well in a team environment, be able to ask questions and take direction. Have the knowledge and skills to identify and analyse money laundering techniques. Be able to learn new systems and have adaptable skills. Have a collaborative mindset.

Be able to exercise initiative and display sound judgement. Have excellent attention to detail and accuracy. Have a great work ethic. If you are an internal applicant, you must apply internally through the police system. You must provide an alternative contact email address. This role is set at Individual Contributor level, this means your key purpose is "to deliver or enable others to deliver Our Business".