Date: 7 Dec 2023

Location: Antwerpen, BE

Company: Zespri Group Limited

Who are we?


Zespri is the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit with over 800  people in New Zealand and throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.

We  help people, communities and the environment thrive through the goodness of kiwifruit. We sit at the heart of an interconnected industry working with 2,800 growers in New Zealand and 1,500 growers in Italy, France, Greece, South Korea and Japan. We supply the world’s healthiest little superfruits to people in more than 50 countries. We are fruit on a mission.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. We commit to guardianship; putting people, the community, and the environment first. We are results-driven, challenging ourselves to grow and deliver better value. We cultivate personal connections, listening and acting with empathy and humility – and treating each other better for it.

We are growing quickly, driven by our success in engaging more and more consumers and by offering the world’s best kiwifruit 12 months of the year. We have bold ambitions and aim to grow sales from approximately $3 billion in 2018 to $4.5 billion by 2025.

To achieve our goals, we’re empowering our people to achieve their goals, designing our work for wellbeing, through flexible work practices and self-leadership.

We have bold ambitions for the future and we want all of our people to live and perform at their best.


What's the role?


The Accountant plays a key role within the global Finance team and provides strong financial, governance and administrative support to the Finance Manager. Based in Antwerp, the Accountant is responsible for the preparation of timely and accurate financial statements and other compliance reporting obligations for both internal and external purposes.


Key Accountabilities:


  • Lead the month end close process, complete reconciliations, investigate variances ensuring key account balances are reconciled to the sub ledger and monthly trial balance 
  • Prepare month end journals and review BS reconciliation
  • Undertake comprehensive review to ensure financial statements are true and accurate and transactions are properly coded and matched to the correct cost centre
  • Prepare year-end submission, IFRS and disclosure pack reporting as well as understanding the commercial pricing and rebates/incentives
  • Ensure the timely and accurate filing of local statutory reporting and tax obligations for the local region
  • Assist with the management of external audits, statutory accounts and compliance requirements 
  • Liaise with local service providers to ensure local tax regulations are complied with (including company tax, direct and indirect tax, annual returns, APA renewal process etc)
  • Maintain comprehensive internal controls are in line  in line with Zespri policies
  • Partner with the Treasury team to ensure that fruit invoices are paid on a regular basis and monitor cashflow and request for funding when necessary
  • Support the Finance Manager and share knowledge with local team around coding and internal Zespri’s control and governance 
  • Calculate and repay dividends annually or as approved by the respective legal entity Board
  • Other adhoc projects as and when needed


Who are you?


We are looking for a results driven, degree qualified Accountant who has at least three years relevant working experience within a medium/large organisation. The successful candidate will also have: 


  • Experience with assisting the preparation of corporate tax returns, VAT and WHT returns
  • Experience with SAP or any accounting software 
  • Strong competence in Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentation 
  • Able to communicate well in English and ideally one other European language (Dutch preferred)
  • Strong team player with a can-do attitude
  • An ACCA, Chartered Accountancy qualification or equivalent (will be an advantageous)

Why Zespri?


Our people are what makes our culture so irresistible and uniquely Zespri. We are a passionate and mighty team of 900+ employees in 23 different locations globally. Working at Zespri is an opportunity to join a fast-paced, culture-driven environment unlike any other. We want people who share our values of being personally connected, results-driven, and committed to guardianship. Join us in shaping our future and be part of a truly unique organisation. 


  • Competitive overall remuneration package, including a Short-Term Incentive scheme opportunity.
  • FlexWELL flexible work ethos; WFH & the office.
  • Additional paid annual leave day per year (Zespri Day).
  • Additional paid volunteer day to volunteer within your community (Volunteer Time).
  • Global Life and Permanent Disability Insurance.
  • Group Medical Insurance benefits.
  • Your daily dose of Vitamin C with free kiwifruit!


Apply Now! 


At Zespri, we understand the importance of diverse perspectives and experiences, and a fair hiring process is the first step to getting there. We want to attract a diverse range of people and encourage everyone from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply. Please let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments to take part in the recruitment and selection process. You can reach out to our Talent Acquisition team via email at to have a chat to someone directly.