Planning Specialist

Date: 2 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?


A key role in the IBP team, you'll be responsible for stabilizing, standardizing, and continually improving our existing and future planning tools. Your responsibilities will span across global and Market IBP stakeholders, ensuring that our solutions' system functionalities and planning models are not only implemented but also comprehended and effectively utilized to enhance the quality of planning outputs and decision-making processes.


Your key responsibilities will include:


  • Oversee the end-to-end global planning solutions, ensuring timely and transparent plans from customer demand to supplier delivery across demand, production, market supply, supplier pack, and procurement planning.
  • Provide precise and transparent plans to support sound financial planning and decision-making.
  • Ensure consistent planning outputs across all markets and document key planning inputs and their impacts.
  • Ensure key optimization elements are understood and set up to achieve desired and consistent outcomes.
  • Oversee master data inputs, management, and roles and responsibilities matrix.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to deliver optimal business outcomes.
  • Enhance IBP master data processes to reduce errors and support year-on-year improvement.
  • Represent IBP in cross-functional projects to align future system development with existing SAP IBP systems and processes.
  • Identify and implement system and process improvements for better overall value stream outcomes.
  • Provide expertise for training documentation and execution, and measure and track IBP system adoption globally.

Ko wai koe? Who are you?


We are seeking a an analytical professional, who has experience with end-to-end IBP systems and technical solutions (e.g., SAP IBP). The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:


  • Tertiary qualifications with specialization in business/supply chain, planning /logistics preferred. 
  • Minimum ten years in FMCG planning/supply chain.
  • Experience across different roles in planning (and/or managed planners) and have a good working knowledge across IBP processes and practices.
  • Experience in supply chain planning solutions; day to day use, implementations.
  • Experience in working in multi-functional, cultural groups and dealing in different geographies.
  • Effective communication across a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience of sales forecasting and demand planning.
  • Kiwifruit industry knowledge/experience preferred but not essential.
  • Flexibility on work hours from time to time may be required to support offshore teams in different time zones.

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 and the office
  • Additional paid annual leave day each year (Zespri Day)
  • Additional paid day to volunteer in your community 
  • Global life and permanent disability insurance
  • Group medical insurance benefits
  • Convenient Mt Maunganui office location 
  • Your daily dose of Vitamin C with free kiwifruit!


Tono mai inaianei! Apply now! Applications close Monday 15th 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 by email at