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Career progress at Audit New Zealand

Career path

Before becoming a Chartered Accountant


Interns join us in their second-to-last year at university. As an Intern, you’ll get on-the-job work experience over the summer holidays and, potentially, an offer to join us as an Assistant Auditor once you graduate.

Assistant Auditor

Graduates start as Assistant Auditors. They become skilled in auditing various accounts. From day one, you’ll start working on a portfolio of clients. You’ll also start studying technical modules.

Intermediate Auditor

Intermediate Auditors may lead small public entity audits and help coach Assistant Auditors. By the end of your second year, you’ll have experience in planning and completing a full audit cycle.


Auditors are responsible for completing the audit of small to medium-sized public entities, including supervising and coaching Assistant Auditors and Intermediate Auditors. You’ll complete your studies to become a Chartered Accountant.

Senior Auditor

Senior Auditors are Chartered Accountants. In this role, you’ll be leading audit teams and be responsible for completing the audit of larger public entities.

Assistant Manager

Assistant Managers lead teams working with our larger, more complex clients and contribute to other business initiatives, such as in-house training programmes.

Audit Manager

Audit Managers work in many aspects of the business. You’ll be responsible for practice management, assigning team members to appropriate clients, mentoring and coaching, and ensuring that audits are completed to a high standard.

Associate Director

Associate Directors develop key strategic leadership skills as a stepping stone to becoming Audit Directors. You’ll often sign audit opinions for low-risk public entities.

Audit Director

Audit Directors are responsible for guiding and leading the direction of Audit New Zealand as a professional services firm. You’ll be authorised to sign audit opinions on behalf of the Auditor-General for a wide range of clients and complete quality reviews of your colleagues’ work.

Page last updated: 2 March 2021