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Fruit Inspector

Date: 07-Mar-2023

Location: Mount Maunganui, NZ

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


Wharf Fruit Inspector


We have fixed term positions available which require the availability to work flexible hours throughout the kiwifruit shipping season March – November.

The purpose of these positions is to undertake Export Consignment Product Inspection, i.e., fruit inspection, at the Port of Tauranga Zespri facility and/or industry cool stores to ensure product meets ZESPRI International Limited (ZIL) specifications.

The season runs from March to late November, and hours of work are dependent on ship loading so can be variable. Fruit Inspectors must be able to work weekends and early morning starts (from around 6:30am) and be flexible due to the moving nature of the shipping schedule during these months.  



  • Assist and complete fruit inspections at Port of Tauranga ECPI facility and industry cool stores as required.
  • Maintain accurate audit records of fruit inspection findings.
  • Achieve and maintain competency as a proficient ZIL Fruit Inspector.
  • Identify all fruit quality and food safety issues and communicate these to Wharf ECPI Team Lead.
  • Operate an electric pallet jiffy to move kiwifruit pallets.
  • De-stack and stack kiwifruit pallets, using strapping tool as required.
  • Undertake activities in adherence with Port of Tauranga, kiwifruit industry and Zespri Health & safety policies.
  • Undertake or assist with ad hoc tasks and projects as required.

Qualifications & Experience


  • Good numeracy skills, ability to count fruit defects.
  • Ability to write clearly, succinctly, and correctly to record fruit inspection results.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to learn Zespri fruit grade standards.
  • Electric pallet jiffy operation advantageous but not essential.
  • Understanding of kiwifruit quality and industry is advantageous but not essential.
  • Knowledge of Food Safety desirable.
  • Physically fit and healthy to complete physical work including jiffy operation, pallet stacking and long periods of time standing at inspection tables.

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.