• Student Recruitment 2020-2021

Becoming a BDO graduate

Graduate Applications for 2021 are opening March 2020

Backed by BDO

Launch your career with an organisation where people are the priority - our clients, our colleagues, you! We value people and authenticity, encouraging our people to showcase and share their unique talents.

Let us help you achieve your dreams. BDO offer a supportive people orientated environment with close Partner relationships and exposure to a wide range of clients that you will love working and building relationships with. Everyone at BDO plays an integral role in the delivery of the knowledge and expertise we provide to our clients.

Make a difference supporting our clients, and let us make a difference supporting you.

Who are we? 

BDO are one of the largest and fastest growing accounting and advisory networks in New Zealand, supporting over 19,000 SME, mid-market and corporate clients across the country. In New Zealand, BDO is represented nationally and we have 15 offices around the country consisting of nearly ninety partners and over 900 staff.

We have a global reach. BDO is the 5th largest full service Audit, Tax and Advisory firm in the world.  This is great if you’re keen on international opportunities as we’ve got over 1,400 offices worldwide.  A lot of our people have taken the opportunity to work for BDO overseas and returned with great work and life experiences to share with us.

BDO specialises in a range of different service lines, the main ones being  Audit, Tax and Advisory Services. Other service lines include Corporate Finance, Information Systems, Business Recovery and Insolvency, Forensic Services, Risk Advisory Services, Anti-Money Laundering, Maori Business, Argi Business and HR Services. People often move into these areas after working in one of our three main service lines. 

BDO Advisers of the Future

As advisers of the future, BDO is at the forefront of technologies and innovations which you will be exposed to as a graduate. You will gain valuable experience using many of the latest softwares and platforms such as Xero to help our clients achieve their goals. We were recently recognised as Xero National Partner of the Year

Identify which Service Line you would like to apply for 


  • Real time financial information
  • Internal methodology & software
  • ​Independant financial statements


Learn more about Audit


As auditors, we look to see if the clients’ statement about their financial position are true, fair and accurate.  We work closely with their finance team and other key people to get to know their business well and understand the risks they face.  We then identify any weaknesses in their financial statements, business systems or culture, and advise them on suitable solutions.

If you choose Audit at BDO you’ll spend a lot of time at our clients’ premises, which is a great way to absorb the atmosphere of the business and get a sense of its culture, how the people like to work and what motivates them to perform.  These are great things to learn about business as a new grad.

Read more about Audit




  • Provide practical solution
  • Liaising with Inland Revenue
  • Cross-Border transactional work
  • Preparation of various tax opinions
  • Tax structuring advice


Learn more about Tax


If you are creative and enjoy problem solving, then Tax is for you.  You will be responsible for an array of matters, from assisting individuals and liaising with Inland Revenue, to complex cross-border transactional work.  Our tax practitioners undertake a variety of work on a daily basis where no one day is the same.

As a graduate in our tax team, you will hit the ground running from your first day where you will be expected to make valuable contributions to the work our team undertakes.  In addition to compliance work, a small glimpse of the work undertaken by recent graduates includes preparation of transfer pricing reports, involvement with mergers and acquisitions, tax due diligence reviews, and preparation of various tax opinions and tax structuring advice.  We add value to our clients’ businesses, while helping them achieve their short-term goals and long-term vision.

Read more about Tax



Advisory Services

  • Strong client relationship
  • Tax compliance
  • Day to day accounting
  • Payroll
  • Growth strategies
  • Tax Planning
  • Asset protection


Learn more about Advisory


In Advisory, we work alongside businesses to help support and manage their financial affairs.  We look after the basics such as tax compliance, day to day accounting requirements, payroll and preparing financial statements, right through to the more complex stuff such as growth strategies, tax planning and asset protection.

We take our time to get to know our clients really well, comparing where they are now with where they want to be, and taking a good look at how they are currently doing things so we can offer real value.  One of the best bits about working for BDO is that you work with these clients from day one.  This means you get to see and hear first-hand how the work we do helps our clients.

To excel in BAS (Business Advisory Services) you need to not only understand financial concepts, but also be a great communicator, be able to work with and without guidance and as part of our team.

Read more about Advisory Services