Product Assessor

Date: 17 Apr 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?


Join Zespri's Quality Team for an Unbeatable Kiwifruit Season!


At Zespri, we take Kiwifruit quality seriously, and we're in full force to achieve an exceptional 2024 season by expanding our Quality Team. We're on the lookout for passionate individuals who share our commitment to excellence in Kiwifruit quality. 


As a key member of our Quality Team, your primary role will be to conduct thorough audits of Kiwifruit at packhouse and coolstore facilities. Your mission? To ensure strict adherence to the Zespri Quality System and Specifications, guaranteeing that every piece of fruit meets our impeccable standards.


Based in Bay of Plenty, you'll have the opportunity to explore various regional facilities across the Greater Bay of Plenty, South Auckland, Northland, Nelson, Whanganui, Gisborne, and surrounding areas. 


This is a fixed term opportunity from April to November 2024, and you will have business use of a Zespri Fleet Vehicle. 


Key responsibilities include:


  • Become a Zespri Product Assessor: Attain and uphold the necessary qualifications to assess Zespri products.
  • Conduct Audits: Methodically audit allocated facilities, maintaining a comprehensive audit plan.
  • Collaborate with Quality Assessors: Partner closely with Quality Assessors to ensure consistent auditing across all aspects of facilities.
  • Industry Communication: Effectively communicate Zespri's quality requirements to industry stakeholders, fostering robust quality systems.
  • Issue Resolution: Address and report on quality issues promptly and effectively.
  • Relationship Building: Cultivate strong relationships with industry personnel involved in Quality & Compliance, enhancing collaboration and compliance efforts.


Ko wai koe? Who are you?


To be successful in this role, you will meet the following selection criteria:


  • Kiwifruit Industry Experience: Demonstrated knowledge or experience in kiwifruit grade standards, product assessments/inspection, or industry Quality Control (QC) is highly preferred.
  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills: Ability to write accurate audit reports and handle numerical tasks with precision.
  • Driver's License and Reliable Vehicle: Possession of a current full driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for travel to various facilities is essential.
  • Visual Acuity: Capability to pass an eyesight test to the required level, renewable every two years.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite: Confidence in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Flexibility and Availability: Willingness to accommodate flexible work hours, including weekends (rostered) and scheduled night shifts as per the facilities audit plan. Availability via phone/email, especially during the main season, is essential to meet operational needs.


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.
  • Brand new iPhone and Laptop.
  • Opportunity to develop your knowledge and learn from industry experts. 
  • Kick start your Quality career with Zespri (plenty of opportunities for growth). 
  • Your daily dose of Vitamin C with free kiwifruit!


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