Principal Advisor – Financial Accounting

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Accounting/Finance
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 12-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: EDU/1447611
  • Job Title: Principal Advisor – Financial Accounting
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Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome. 

  • Permanent – Full time
  • Financial Reporting – Fixed Assets
  • Analytical skills essential

Help shape the future of Education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About us

Education Infrastructure Service (EIS), a part of the Ministry of Education, creates and supports safe, healthy, inspiring and ICT enabled learning environments. EIS manages the Crown’s second largest property portfolio of around 2,500 schools with a book value of $17.8 billion, is responsible for the largest payroll in the country, and transports over 100,000 students to and from school each day.

The Finance and Investment group has overall responsibility for financial management and capital investment planning for EIS.  We exist to systematically improve the financial planning, forecasting, analytical and reporting capability of EIS. We also manage the financial compliance function on behalf of the EIS group.

About the role

The purpose of this role is to lead the Revaluation process and associated tasks, provide technical accounting to the school property asset team and back-up for all Financial Accounting tasks across the team as and when required.

There is also a requirement to be involved in the development of effective property management information systems to support the planning, decision making and monitoring processes. 

Your Key Priorities will include developing the quality of the School Property valuation and the associated Depreciation expense that drives baseline Capital funding, by managing the Annual Revaluation of over 100,000 assets in a complex and diverse portfolio and the provision of senior financial input within the EIS Finance team and all decisions requiring financial accounting understanding.

This role will positively impact on the Ministry’s reputation for pragmatic financial and asset management. The state school property portfolio that we manage is the Crown’s second largest social asset property portfolio and as such has a high profile.  This role has the potential to truly ‘make a significant difference’.

Please note there is further information available in the attached Job Description.

About you

This role requires senior financial experience, in particular the knowledge and inner workings of a very large asset portfolio and the capability to interpret information to support both the operation of EIS and the external accountabilities of the Ministry for the property and infrastructure function.

You will also offer:

  • Chartered Accountant (or equivalent qualification recognised by ICANZ) with a minimum of five years post qualification experience.
  • Knowledge of Public Finance Act, International Accounting Standards.
  • Experience in analysing technical issues and making business decisions with financial impact.
  • Experience with fixed assets and capital expenditure accounting in capital-intensive/large asset owning organisations.

If you’d like to bring your skills to a rewarding role within an organisation that’s continuously reaching goals and striving for a better future for New Zealand, we’d love to hear from you.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi’s guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Please review the Job Description and if this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements, apply now using the ‘Apply Online’ button. 

For further information please contact Stephanie Phillips at

Applications close midnight – Thursday 27 February 2020.