People Experience & Capability Lead

Date: 31 Jan 2024

Location: SG 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?


Reporting to the Head of Talent & People Experience, this role will be responsible for designing and implementing, meaningful, personsalised and seamless experiences across all the people moments that matter in Zespri, including the design, development and implementation of frameworks, resources, tools, experiences and capability development opportunities across the full people lifecycle. With a focus on best practice, and cutting-edge people initiatives, we are striving to lead out with a world-class people experience, punching above our weight, and delivering a delightfully different, and uniquely Zespri culture and experience for our people.  


The People Experience (PEX) & Capability Lead role is not restricted to traditional ‘functional’ HR paradigms and is responsible for considering how Leadership, Development, Engagement, DE&I, Technology, Learning, Recognition, Wellbeing and Performance come together to impact our Peoples experience and work to make it as engaging and meaningful as possible, whilst delivering outstanding results. 


Leading a small team of People Experience & Capability Partners, and Advisors, you will ensure the people-ecosystem is fully functional, and all initiatives are business relevant and delivered to a high standard while also actively contributing to and delivering the overarching Talent & People Experience strategy for Zespri. 


Key Accountabilities include: 


  • Organisational Development (Zespri People Moments that Matter) - Interpret the Zespri People strategy, and collaborate with the business to design and deliver the Zespri people moments that matter, including development and implementation of frameworks, resources, tools, experiences and capability development opportunities across the full people lifecycle.  
  • Culture - Lead and deliver culture activation initiatives while ensuring that all people experience initiatives are designed and delivered in alignment and reinforcement of the Zespri culture and values.  
  • People Ecosystem – Maintain ecosystem to ensure it is fully functional, and all parties are proactively collaborating to identify areas for improvement and develop interventions that support organizational growth and development.  
  • Team Leadership - Develop a values-driven, high-performing and engaged global PEX & Capability team by providing vision and direction and inspiring and empowering them to succeed. 
  • Zespri Culture - Lead and drive a winning culture of high performance within the business by ensuring the Zespri values remain ‘alive’ and are understood, embraced and actively demonstrated by all leaders and employees. 
  • Business Planning & Budgetary Management - Drive the process to ensure that the PEX & Capability business plan and budgets are delivered to a high standard, on time, and within budget.


Ko wai koe? Who are you?


This is a fantastic opportunity for an OD superstar to make an impact and drive the very best organizational development principles, theories, and best practices. You will be a successful People Leader who thrives on building collaborative, trusting partnerships with all your stakeholders. You will also possess:  


  • A seasoned OD background 
  • Ability to analyze complex organizational issues and develop data-driven solutions
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and facilitating training programs and workshops 
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills to identify root causes of organizational issues and develop effective interventions
  • Knowledge of change management principles and the ability to navigate and manage organizational change 
  • Proficient in using various organizational development tools and assessments
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills to drive change and gain buy-in from stakeholders
  • High level of professionalism and integrity in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Leadership experience, preferably across multiple geographies 
  • Experience operating in a global, multinational and diverse environment  
  • Business acumen, and commercially astute 
  • Be degree qualified (preferably in Human Resource Management, Psychology, or a related/equivalent field) 

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 950+ 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. 



Tono mai inaianei! Apply Now! Applications close Monday 4 March 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. You can reach out to our Talent Acquisition team via email at to have a chat to someone directly.