Certification Advisor

Date: 4 Jul 2024

Location: Mount Maunganui, NZ

Company: Zespri Group Limited

Kō wai mātou? 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.  


He aha te mahi? What's the role?


The Certification Advisor assists the Industry Assurance Programmes Manager and team to maintain and develop the Zespri G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practice) system, to ensure it continues to meet customers’ and Zespri’s requirements. In particular, you will be responsible for the day to day management of the system, ensuring that all Zespri GAP and Organic documentation is completed and published in a timely manner, growers enquiries are answered and certification details and records are complete, correct and readily available when required. 


Your key accountabilities will be:


  • Support the day to day operation of the Zespri G.A.P., Organic and other related programmes.
  • Maintaining internal and external Zespri GAP and Organic certification data collection requirements. 
  • Respond to growers and post-harvest queries and provide accurate and timely information related to the Global G.A.P. and Organic Certification Programmes.
  • Assist with the development and delivery of G.A.P. related training programmes for G.A.P. inspectors, G.A.P. system owners and related postharvest personal .  
  • Review, develop and maintain quality systems documentation for the Global G.A.P. and Organic certification programmes.
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the internal audit and consistency programme for Global G.A.P. and Organic Certification programmes.
  • Participate in and follow up on external audits for the Global G.A.P. and Organic Certification programmes.
  • Operational execution and administrative tasks, including ensuring best practice record keeping and documentation. 

Ko wai koe? Who are you?


  • A tertiary qualification in Horticulture, Food or Science related disciplines, or relevant experience is desirable. 
  • Exposure to and good understanding of primary production, preferably the kiwifruit industry.
  • Understanding of Good Agricultural Practice, the Global G.A.P. Standard and the principles of ethical and social responsibility.
  • Experience in working with international standards and managing systems in a certification environment.
  • Understanding of auditing principals and certification systems.
  • Highly developed computer skills (e.g. Word, Excel, SAP).

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 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.
  • 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.
  • Convenient Mount Maunganui office location, with free onsite parking. 
  • Your daily dose of Vitamin C with free kiwifruit!


Tono mai inaianei! Apply Now! Applications close Sunday 21st July 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 careers@zespri.com.