Supply Chain Specialist - Optimization

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?


Reporting to the Fruit Optimization Inventory Manager, the Supply Chain Specialist – Optimization is a key role within the Zespri Operations team. This role plays a critical role through interfacing, coordinating and overseeing in order to optimize the Zespri inventory with a strong focus on maximizing the returns to the growers.

The Supply Chain Specialist works closely with Operations, IBP and Sales to coordinate and ensure the efficient and smooth fulfilment of orders guaranteeing product quality and production efficiencies are met and maintained throughout the Supply Chain.


Key accountabilities include:


  • Support operations and wider business to ensure EU inventory levels and quality specs are 
  • monitored, managed and reported in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Work with operations and 3PL for the right pallet selection to optimize inventory standards combined with fruit performance data
  • Support Delivery Orders from 3PL to Customer based on sales order planning from IBP and markets 
  • Manage the initial processing of pallet selection for sales order transfers and oversee pallet selection to ensure customer satisfaction and the prevention of losing value
  • Work with Operations team to manage 3PL ensure customer orders are fulfilled 
  • Support on quality claim processes from an inventory point of view
  • Continuous improvements by pitching improvement ideas with business cases and end to end follow up from brainstorming, developing, presenting, pushing for approval and landing the ideas with highly professional project mgmt.

Ko wai koe? Who are you?


We are looking for a driven individual who has a passion for Supply Chain and is keen to build a career with Zespri. The successful candidate will have:



  • Proven experience with end-to-end supply chain systems and technical solutions ERP/WMS such as S/4
  • Expertise in the end-to-end supply chain and broader operational intersections and process
  • A continuous improvement mindset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel


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.


Tono mai inaianei! 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 by reaching out to our Talent Acquisition team via email at