Finance Business Partner

Date: 8 Feb 2024

Location: Antwerpen, BE

Company: Zespri Group Limited

Kō wai mātou? Who are we?


Zespri is the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit with over 850 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.

He aha te mahi? What's the role?


The Finance Business Partner will be responsible for providing financial and strategic support, financial analysis, guidance, and insight to the Zespri business. Based in Antwerp, the primary responsibility of the Finance Business Partner position will be to partner with the Sales and Marketing business function and act as a first point of contact for all finance matters. Partnering closely with the business teams to understand their needs and challenges, provide financial analysis, insights and recommendations to enable effective decision-making and delivery of the business plan.


 Key Accountabilities include:


  • Provide commercial leadership, challenge and bring rigor to the Sales and Marketing function and act as a key contact point
  • Provide leadership and guidance to Cost Centre managers on forecasting and budgeting activities and ensure data integrity of Financial data inputs
  • Act a trusted business partner who understands customer needs and value drivers in Zespri structure, including familiarity with grower vs shareholder return calculations, customer profitability calculations, and financial models
  • Partner with function leadership and business teams to develop and execute initiatives consistent with the regional plan and lead engagement to understand strategic objectives and align finance support to achieve delivery of the objectives
  • Develop, enhance, and maintain reporting of performance measures as well as provide insights that improve decision making
  • Monitor and analyse key financial and operational metrics, and communicate trends and variances to the business team 
  • Develop business cases, analysing their strategic fit, challenging the key assumptions and providing recommendations, analysis of business implications and risks/benefits
  • Provide advice, guidance, analysis and insights to support the Sales and Marketing function to improve profitability, increase revenue, decrease costs
  • Drive continuous improvement ethos and simplification within the Sales & Marketing team and develop & maintain reporting of initiatives
  • Partner with the Commercial Finance Manager to plan & execute market growth strategy, support business case development and track benefit realization for ENA projects  

Ko wai koe? Who are you?


We are looking for a strong team player who has a solid finance/background experience and wants to an impact within our business. By utilising your business partnering experience, you will also have:  


  • Strong financial modelling and analytical skills 
  • Proven track record of providing financial guidance and support to business leaders 
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple initiatives simultaneously 
  • Knowledge of ERP systems and financial reporting tools 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong relationships with business stakeholders 
  • Experience in the FMCG industry, with a focus on fresh produce or agriculture, is highly desirable
  • A relevant Bachelor's degree in either Finance or Accounting
  • Ability to communicate well in English (both written and verbal)

He aha e tika ai a Zespri? Why Zespri?


Our people are what makes our culture so irresistible and uniquely Zespri. We are a passionate and mighty team of 850+ 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!


Tono mai inaianei! Apply Now! Applications close 28 February 2024.



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 by reaching out to our Talent Acquisition team via email at