The following roles represent some of the key in-demand jobs in accounting and finance in New Zealand:
Accountants – Demand is increasing for all levels of accountants. Individuals who show sound technical skills coupled with business acumen and commercial sense will be in demand.
Accounting operations – Demand for professionals to fill core operational roles in accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and collections is growing as companies expand.
Business analysts – As companies seek to maximise their computer systems and improve efficiencies and profitability, business analysts are in demand by firms of all sizes.
Controllers – Many companies are expanding their controller ranks in response to business growth. Firms need hands-on controllers and assistant controllers to plan, direct and coordinate critical activities, such as compiling financial statements, interacting with outside auditors and overseeing regulatory reporting.
Financial analysts – Companies seek experienced analysts who can help them understand the story behind their financial data and identify further expansion opportunities. The most in-demand candidates have strong financial, technical and communication skills, and are comfortable presenting their findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences.
Financial accountants – Demand is increasing for accountants who are qualified or in the process of obtaining a CPA, CA, ACCA or CIMA qualification. Excellent technical skills, including experience with Microsoft Excel and ERP systems, are pre-requisites for some roles.
Internal auditors – In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, experienced internal audit professionals have continued to be in demand as organisations seek to ensure internal controls are in place and any irregularities are dealt with prior to statutory audits being carried out.
Management accountants – To enable companies to make informed business decisions, organisations are hiring management accountants to help formulate policies and help plan and control growth initiatives.
Tax accountants – Opportunities are expanding for tax accountants in both public and corporate accounting who can help companies navigate complex and continually changing tax laws.