Audit Office of New South Wales

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The client:

The Audit Office of New South Wales is recognised for audit excellence in the public sector.  It has one of the largest, most diverse client bases and helps Parliament hold Government accountable for the use of public money.

In May 2015 the Audit Office of New South Wales engaged the services of Watermark Search International to appoint two high calibre Financial Audit professionals to lead a dedicated audit team to deliver high quality audits, varying in size and complexity, for a diverse portfolio of Government clients.

The brief:

The key skills and attributes highlighted as essential to fulfil the requirements of these leadership roles included:

  • sound leadership experience gained in risk-based financial audits
  • a background in a chartered accounting practice or Government audit office environment
  • a thorough knowledge of professional standards and audit techniques
  • audit planning and resourcing skills
  • strong influencing and negotiation skills
  • results driven
  • people influencing/management skills
  • CA or CPA qualified

Watermark’s solution:

Watermark conducted an extensive national mapping exercise of both the public and private sectors, inclusive of the “big 4” chartered accounting practices, sourcing potential candidates nationally as well as in the UK and New Zealand.  Following interview and assessment by Watermark, the six most highly qualified candidates were interviewed by the Audit Office of New South Wales.  Of these, three preferred candidates were offered the positions of Audit Leader, Financial Audit which was considered an outstanding outcome by the client.

For more information, contact Randall Maple, Partner on +61 2 9233 1200.