Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Senior Investigator/Investigator

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Government Services

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Applications Close - End of Day: 10-02-2020


New Zealand

Work type:


·         Permanent full-time position – Christchurch based

·         Investigate high level and general immigration related crimes


Verification and Compliance (V&C) sits within Immigration New Zealand prevents and responds to immigration related offending and non-compliance. We develop and provide products and services that support quality decisions throughout the organisation, ensuring that risk is managed at the earliest point in the immigration process.


We utilise an intelligence-informed operating model, and are seeking professionals to join us in the recently available Senior Investigator and Investigator positions based in Auckland and Christchurch


About the role:

As a Senior Investigator/Investigator in V&C you will help ensure we target offending effectively through your experience leading, planning and undertaking complex criminal investigations and prosecutions including fraud, in a team environment. You will also work with our partner agencies to help with the investigation and successful resolution of serious crime involving an immigration component.


Your role will form part of a diverse team, where you will collaborate with peers and management to achieve optimum results. As an experienced professional in investigation and prosecution activities, you will be called on to:

·         Provide individualised investigation services,

·         Deliver reports to a very high standard, l

·         Lead teams and manage/mentor other investigative colleagues,

·         Lead interviews, and apply modern investigative techniques to investigations you lead or work in as part of a team.

In addition to your investigative experience, you will also need a significant background in the application of NZ legislation and experience managing risk, sensitive issues and confidentiality in an enforcement setting. 


You Have

·         A minimum of 2-5 years of experience leading, planning and undertaking complex criminal investigations and prosecutions, including fraud, in a team environment

·         An excellent understanding and application of the NZ legislative framework surrounding investigations and prosecution process e.g. Criminal Procedures Act, Rules of Evidence, Bill of Rights, Privacy Act etc.

·         Planning and organising skills, including ability to maintain performance when under pressure

·         Ability to assess work-flows, and appropriately prioritise

·         Experience delivering high-quality files and reports within prescribed time frames or other constraints

·         Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships at any level, including developing trust and credibility with managers and staff

·         Previous involvement in a leader or team capacity in initiating or delivering a systems wide, cross agency collective impact investigation(s) and outcome(s).

·         Ability to mentor investigators (Senior Investigator)

·         A commitment to continuous improvement

·         Knowledge and application of modern investigative techniques, including the use of IT systems

·         Outstanding communication skills

·         Experience managing risk, sensitive issues, and confidentiality in an enforcement environment


Our Benefits

·         Discounted health insurance for permanent staff

·         A structured career path

·         Learning and development opportunities

·         Leadership programmes

·         Flexible working arrangements (in some locations)


How to apply


You will be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident.

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our online careers website.  Here you can view a position description at this site, as well as complete the online application. Please upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be formally submitted via this online advertisement. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 10 February 2020. 

For further information on the role please refer to the attached position description. If you have further questions you can email


MBIE a member of Diversity Works New Zealand and is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We provide equal employment opportunities and welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role. MBIE also supports flexible working arrangements.


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