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Regional People Business Partner

Date: 15-Sep-2022

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


We are looking for a talent individual to join our global People team as a Regional People Business Partner overseeing Europe & North America. The purpose of this role is to act as a trusted advisor to the Executive Officer – Europe and North America (EU/NA) and their leadership team to deliver people strategies and best practice to support the delivery of business plans through people. Based in Belgium, you will provide contribute towards to the People Strategy decisions and deploy & drive initiatives across the Business Units. 




  • Partner with the Executive/s and their Leadership Team/s to develop and execute an annual People Plan that ensures delivery of Zespri’s People Strategy and prioritises Business Unit-specific people activities. 
  • Build your credibility as a strong trusted advisor and coach to the relevant Executive/s and Leadership Team/s, peers, and the broader People Team.
  • Lead the delivery of annual people processes within relevant Business Unit’s partnered. 
  • Lead Engagement, Capability, Organisational Design, Workforce Plans, Talent Management, Remuneration, Safety & Wellbeing and Change projects across your Business Unit/s in partnership with People Team Centres of Expertise and Executive/s.
  • Partner with Leaders and the Talent Acquisition Team to deliver resourcing and talent acquisition requirements, in line with Zespri’s overall Talent Acquisition Strategy and business requirements.
  • Partner with leaders across the business to support job design, change, performance improvement, disciplinary and other employment matters in line with Zespri’s overall frameworks, escalating more complex and challenging matters for support.
  • Facilitate capability programs/interventions to support our people to continue to develop, in alignment with Zespri’s People Strategy.
  • Coach, facilitate and coordinate change delivery plans through the leadership team/s you partner with, to deliver successful implementation of Zespri’s transformation programme.
  • Partner closely with the People & Payroll Advisors and the PeopleZone team to ensure seamless delivery of operational people priorities and processes across the business.
  • Act as an advocate for Zespri’s culture, values, and purpose within the business.
  • Champion safety and wellbeing across Zespri.  Work in partnership with the Safety and Wellbeing Team to implement Safety and Wellbeing Plans for your Business Unit(s).
  • Any other accountabilities as required or assigned from time to time aligned to competence, development plan and/or business needs ie Strategic Workforce Planning.

Qualifications & Experience


We are looking for a strong communicator who can demonstrate strong coaching, influencing, and networking skills. With a solid generalist HR background (ideally including global experience) we are also looking for the following capabilities:

  • Key expertise across a combination of in change management, employment relations, talent development, succession planning and organisational design
  • Business partnering experience 
  • Strong time, priority, and stakeholder management capability
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Strong business and commercial acumen
  • Strong cross-cultural competence
  • Excellent English written and verbal language skills 
  • Minimum degree level qualification preferably in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, or Business Management

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.


Applications close Friday 30 September 2022.




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.