Why work at Acumen?

Acumen is a great place to work with plenty of opportunities.

Being independent and employee-owned defines our culture. We are ethical and inclusive with shared values of creativity in our thinking, credibility in our teams, energy in our actions and real warmth in our relationships.

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people, organisations and brands on campaigns that make a difference. Our work is interesting, challenging and fun. And that’s just how we like it.

We nurture and invest in our team through informal and formal training, peer review, coaching and mentoring. We provide opportunities for growth and are flexible.

We believe in creating conversations that matter.

If you’d like to know more, please get in touch, or scroll down to see current vacancies.

Accountant in a thriving agency

  • Management and financial accounting role with plenty of scope, permanent
  • Mentors available in the team to support your CA journey
  • Inclusive and fun culture with work-from-home flexibility
  • Independent and employee-owned communications agency

About Acumen

Acumen is one of New Zealand’s largest communications agencies, with an award-winning team and a diverse client list of leading brands and organisations.

We’re 40-years young, independent and employee-owned. We are inclusive with shared values of creativity in our thinking, credibility in our teams, energy in our actions and real warmth in our relationships. 

With about 30 people based in Wellington and Auckland, we are looking for someone to manage the books, provide KPI reporting and financial analysis to support the business strategy.

What you'll be doing

This is an exciting opportunity to take on the financial management and reporting function of the agency and contribute to the company’s success by providing timely and accurate financial analysis and information to inform decision-making. At Acumen this role also includes solving problems for our consultants, maintaining and developing the technology platform and ensuring our premises are fit for purpose. 

This role reports to the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary and is based in Auckland. The role has one direct report.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with consultant on monthly client invoicing across the agency
  • Bank & cash management, debtors & creditors
  • Profit & loss, balance sheet and cashflow reports
  • Fixed assets (including premises), prepayments, accruals
  • Client revenue forecasting and analysis; budgeting
  • Tax returns including GST, FBT, PAYE
  • Monthly pay run
  • Year end statutory accounts for agency and Trust company, liaise with auditor during review.
  • Continuously improve tools and systems used to provide critical financial information.
  • Maintain technology platform to support agency staff to fulfil their roles.
  • Technology super user, manage licencing, continuously improve user experience. Liaise with technology partners, including cyber security.

About You

  • A can-do attitude, strong communication and interpersonal skills 
  • An ability to manage multiple tasks, excellent attention to detail, effective prioritisation 
  • Solid understanding of management accounting and financial reporting
  • Advanced excel and data analysis skills
  • A willingness to master new technologies, improve processes and teach others
  • An understanding of client service and/or professional services experience
  • Working knowledge of IFRS standards
  • A growth mindset – open to feedback, improving and learning

What we can offer in return

This role is a great opportunity to be part of a successful, Kiwi-owned agency. There is never a dull moment – you will work with great people, learn lots, be well-supported, have fun and be well-rewarded. We offer a positive, flexible working environment.

Please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you are right for this role, to Prue Harrison at [email protected], or for a confidential conversation call 021 479 101.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Corporate Communications Specialist / Account Director

  • Senior Corporate Communications opportunity with lots of scope
  • Independent and employee-owned agency
  • WFH options, full time, permanent opportunity

Bring your exceptional corporate reputation and communications skills to Acumen and support organisations make a difference across diverse sectors in Aotearoa NZ and the world.

What we do and who we are

Acumen is an integrated communications agency working with some of New Zealand’s and the world’s best-known companies and brands.

Our diverse, multi-disciplinary team has skills ranging from reputation & issues management to brand marketing. We are creatives, problem solvers, storytellers, trusted advisers, digital experts, thinkers, and doers.

Being independent and employee-owned defines our culture. We are ethical and inclusive with shared values of creativity in our thinking, credibility in our teams, energy in our actions and real warmth in our relationships.

We have offices in Auckland and Wellington and are looking for a Senior Corporate Communications Specialist / Account Director based in Tāmaki Makaurau.

What you will be doing

As a senior corporate communications consultant, you will be responsible for the day-to-day leadership of client relationships including managing corporate communications and stakeholder engagement programmes.

You’ll be:

  • developing and implementing integrated communication strategies and campaigns across diverse sectors
  • a great corporate storyteller taking an integrated approach across earned, owned and paid media
  • be attuned to opportunities and risks, a problem solver and be calm under pressure
  • skilled at creating engaging corporate content, positioning and narratives to build understanding and trust among stakeholders
  • supporting and mentoring more junior consultants and growing their skillsets and knowledge.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • A proven track record and excellence in corporate reputation and communications (at least 7-8+ years’ experience)
  • An ability to build rapport, relationships and connect with people
  • Curiosity and interest in issues affecting Aotearoa and the world and what this might mean for our clients and our business
  • Advanced skills in verbal and written communications
  • A collaborative approach with a strong growth and team mindset
  • Great time management and organisation skills - able to prioritise competing tasks without blinking
  • Most importantly, you’ll have a genuine passion for what you do and an engaging positive energy to support our team and clients.

What we can offer in return

This role is a great opportunity for a confident Corporate Communications Specialist / Account Director who wants to join a best-in-class agency team or for someone looking for advancing that next step in their career. You’ll have a covetable client portfolio, work alongside some of the best in the business and be well-supported with positive leadership and a talented team. If you’re looking for a position where growth and opportunity for your development are boundless, this is the role for you.

  • We also offer WFH two days a week, plus fun office working environment including great snacks
  • A weekly commitment to your learning and development and additional training programmes and team conference
  • A competitive remuneration package
  • Super-interesting, diverse and meaningful work with great clients.

Please send your CV and covering letter, to Mandy Hancock at [email protected], or for a confidential conversation about the role call 0211981700.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Senior Corporate Communications Specialist

  • Senior Corporate Communications opportunity with lots of scope
  • Independent and employee-owned agency
  • WFH options, full time, permanent opportunity

Bring your exceptional corporate reputation and communications skills to Acumen and support organisations make a difference across diverse sectors in Aotearoa NZ and the world.