Quality Assessor

Date: 8 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?


Join us at Zespri, where the pursuit of kiwifruit perfection drives everything we do. As we are right in the thick of the 2024 season, we're expanding our Quality Team and inviting passionate individuals to join us on this exciting journey.


As a Quality Assessor at Zespri, you'll play a pivotal role in upholding the impeccable standards we're known for. Your main task will involve conducting thorough audits of industry facilities to ensure adherence to the rigorous Zespri System, encompassing both our internal quality protocols and external regulatory frameworks. From MPI Phytosanitary standards to NZ Customs regulations and global food safety systems like Global GAP and GFSI, you'll be at the forefront of guaranteeing excellence every step of the way.


In addition to your core responsibilities, you'll have the opportunity to engage in diverse projects and activities that push the boundaries of quality assurance. Based in the picturesque Bay of Plenty, you'll also embark on occasional travel to regional facilities across Northland, South Auckland, Whanganui, and Gisborne.


Your key duties will include:


  • Conducting comprehensive audits of facilities, meticulously maintaining audit plans, compiling detailed reports, and ensuring accurate record-keeping.
  • Attaining and sustaining the coveted designation of a Zespri Quality Assessor.
  • Cultivating strong partnerships with industry stakeholders responsible for quality and compliance, fostering collaboration with Quality, Compliance, Cool store, Inventory, and Site managers.
  • Executing regulatory audit plans for industry facilities, covering essential areas such as Phytosanitary measures, NZ Customs protocols, and global food safety standards.
  • Crafting and executing audit strategies for the Zespri quality system, prioritizing risk mitigation and continuous improvement.
  • Effectively communicating Zespri's quality expectations to industry partners, nurturing the development of robust quality frameworks.
  • Promptly addressing and reporting quality issues flagged by the market, including customer complaints and claims.
  • Collaborating seamlessly with fellow QA team members, offering support and expertise whenever needed.


Ko wai koe? Who are you?


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


  • Writing and accurate reporting skills.
  • Ability to develop sound knowledge of Zespri specifications, MPI Phytosanitary requirements, Global G.A.P. and GFSI Food Safety requirements.
  • Experience in reviewing quality management systems and audit procedures.
  • Confidence in using the Microsoft Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and ability to be trained in the use of customised IT packages.
  • Full NZ Drivers Licence. 
  • Flexibility on hours (working one weekend day a week)

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! 


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.