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Packaging Specialist, Europe and North America

Date: Mar 23, 2023

Location: Antwerpen, BE

Company: Zespri Group Limited

About Zespri

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.

About The Role

Reporting to the Head of Supply Chain, ENA this is a new role responsible for the maintenance, development and enhancement of Zespri Consumer packaging solutions, including materials, processes, and systems to enhance the value, minimize cost, ensure food safety and relevant regulatory requirements are met, improve sustainability, or increase functionality of the product offered to consumers. 

Main responsibilities of the role include 

  • Ownership of the full packaging development process, end-to end.
  • Strategy execution: Develop in-market packaging strategy and collaborate with all related teams in order to operationalize the plan and optimize portfolio harmonization.
  • Build a sustainable and replicable process, leading adherence and implementing enhancements to packaging processes, systems and technologies that will drive efficiencies across the business, while continuing to reduce the environmental footprint in line with Zespri’s strategy
  • Lead the quarterly packaging SteerCo sessions and approval processes of stages of development.
  • Management of packaging development follow ups with markets in line with operational packaging plans to achieve Sustainable Packaging Goals.
  • Execution Technical Packaging briefs that reflect and support the delivery of new consumer propositions in market working collaboratively across new materials, processes and systems, research partners and packaging suppliers to develop new packs and with the Growth team for development, validation, and execution of future packaging solutions. 
  • Ensure compliance of packaging materials to local regulatory requirements for food safety and sustainability and Zespri specific sustainability targets.
  • Create full visibility & data integrity of packaging produced for our Brand, working closely to influence and guide distributors, suppliers, and retailers to improve Zespri packaging SKUs. This includes collection of packaging data and entry into the system repository of packaging information analysis reporting. 
  • Cost Optimization and Efficiency: Work with Procurement to develop and enhance business cases and contracts as required, including capital cost estimations, packaging development and sourcing costs estimates for packaging solutions. 
  • Capability Building: Access, customize or develop new packaging equipment systems and technologies that increase packaging performance or deliver continuous improvement of packaging solutions. Lead the technical trials on site for implementation.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Packaging Engineering, Mechanical /Industrial Engineering, or similar degree 
  • Sound experience (8+ years) of packaging technology and/or business/packaging strategy development, relevant packaging project management/packaging procurement work experience 
  • Technical competencies in packaging science including knowledge of substrates, structural design and manufacturing processes (across packaging formats / types) are desired. 
  • Familiar with packaging lines automation and implications on packaging design and optimization. Fully operational in Transportation and Logistics Principles
  • Required Experience with project management is a must, expertise in project development and systems.
  • Ability to connect abstract thoughts and ideas and materialize into an actionable long-term packaging strategy.
  • Experience working with multi-functional teams to formulate objectives and action plans
  •  Analytical approach to problem solving and decision making, proactive, pragmatic and action oriented.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills. 
  • Fluent English. Any other European language is a plus
  • Strong understanding of materials management
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong work ethic, desire to learn and be challenged, self-driven and motivated

What's In It For You


  • Competitive overall remuneration package, including a Short-Term Incentive scheme opportunity.
  • FlexWELL flexible work ethos
  • 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.


Zespri will not accept applications or contact from any temporary staffing agency, placement service or professional recruiter for this vacancy (“Agency”).

Where Zespri requires the support of an agency to fulfil a vacancy, we will proactively seek this support from our network of Agencies.  We respectfully ask that you do not contact Zespri or any of its affiliates/employees regarding vacancies, and reserve the right not to reply.

Zespri will not be responsible for, and will not pay, any fees, commissions or other payments related to such unsolicited resumes.