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Who are we looking for?

Aotearoa/New Zealand is changing, and the Treasury is changing with it.

The challenges we are grappling with as a society are more complex than ever. As a result, our work is wide and varied, including advising on climate change, leading the work on accelerating the economic recovery from COVID-19 and navigating big issues in the health, education, and housing sectors, as well as delivering a sustainable public finance system.

Taking a break in one of Treasury’s kitchens

“If someone is thinking about whether Treasury is right for them, I would start by asking what interests you? What are your personal and career goals? What skills do you bring? And I would also be asking how the Treasury can help them achieve their personal and career goals.

I would also be telling them about the Treasury. Firstly, it is really interesting. It is stimulating in itself, and also because it matters to New Zealand.”

Tom, Manager Finance Policy team, 38 years at the Treasury


The wide and varied scope of the Treasury’s role requires a diverse range of skills and backgrounds, experiences, including economists, finance professionals, people with strong quantitative skills, policy analysts, lawyers, human resources specialists and administrative support staff.

Alongside these skills, we welcome diverse perspectives, ways of thinking and lived experience. We strive to provide a supportive and safe work environment that enables you to be yourself and feel valued and supported to do your job well. A Te Ao Māori understanding is a valuable additional asset.

Working directly with decision-makers across these issues, and many more, the Treasury is one of the most influential agencies in the public sector. If you have ever dreamt of creating lasting change, the Treasury is the place to make that happen!

Treasury Secretary Caralee McNeish, deputy Secretary Struan Little, Kara Nepe-Apatu outside Waitangi meeting house

“[One thing I look for in applicants] is a curiosity of mind - someone who is able to think carefully and openly through a problem, so we get a sense of how they approach a problem and how they learn. That openness and curiosity, and desire to learn and to grow, is something I look for. Another thing is being able to support, encourage, collaborate and work with others. I am always looking for people who are inclusive, who have a real desire to learn from other people, and who value different perspectives.”

Kate, Manager Agile team, three years at  the Treasury


So, ask yourself:

  • Do you share our vision of higher living standards for all New Zealanders?
  • Are you forward-thinking, inquisitive, and eager to learn in a collaborative, supportive environment?
  • Do you want to feel valued and empowered working in a diverse, collaborative team on the big issues that really matter for New Zealanders?

If the answer to these questions is yes, let’s talk!

For most of our roles you will need a tertiary qualification or equivalent relevant roles, although we do also have some roles suitable for those just starting their careers. Whatever your experience you will also bring:

  • An enquiring mind, strong analytical ability, and an aptitude for critical thinking
  • Excellent written and verbal skills with the ability to communicate complex issues clearly, to a wide range of audiences
  • A strong respect for inclusiveness and diversity, and a receptiveness to different viewpoints
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others to solve problems
  • The ability to build and maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Personal integrity, sound judgement, and an honest and ethical approach

Group of graduates sitting on Parliament lawn

“I have a Masters of Public Policy. And before that I did a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science conjoined, majoring in anthropology, psychology, and statistics. I think the perception of the Treasury only being interested in economics or finance or accounting isn't true anymore. There is a real diversity of academic backgrounds here.”

Jinal, Analyst, Natural Resources team, two years at the Treasury


Last updated: 
Monday, 6 March 2023