Accountant

Date: 28 Jun 2024

Location: Antwerpen, BE

Company: Zespri Group Limited

Who are we?

 

Zespri is more than simply the world's single-largest marketer of kiwifruit. We like to think of ourselves as fruit on a mission and as rebels with a cause: to help people, communities and the environment around the world thrive through the goodness of kiwifruit. We are proudly the world's largest marketer of kiwifruit, selling kiwifruit in more than 50 countries. We work with around 2,800 New Zealand and 1,500 international growers and post-harvest companies to source the best-quality Zespri Kiwifruit which we supply through our distribution partners to wholesale and retail customers. We are one of New Zealand's best-known international brands, dedicated to creating sustainable long-term value for growers.

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.
  • A company car
  • 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.

 

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 careers@zespri.com to have a chat to someone directly.