Finance Business Partner

Date: 13 May 2024

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo, JP

Company: Zespri Group Limited

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.


What's the role?


The Finance Business Partner will be responsible for providing financial and strategic support, financial analysis, guidance, and insight to the Zespri business. 


Based in Tokyo, the primary responsibility of the Finance Business Partner will be to partner with the business functions and act as a first point of contact for all finance matters in Asia. Partnering closely with the business teams to understand their needs and challenges, provide financial analysis, insights and recommendations to enable effective decision-making and delivery of the business plan.


Key accountabilities include:


  • Provide commercial leadership, challenge and bring rigor to the business and act as a key contact point in Japan.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to Cost Centre managers on forecasting and budgeting activities and ensure data integrity of Financial data inputs
  • Act a trusted business partner who understands customer needs and value drivers in Zespri structure, including familiarity with grower vs shareholder return calculations, customer profitability calculations, and financial models
  • Partner with function leadership and business teams to develop and execute initiatives consistent with the regional plan and lead engagement to understand strategic objectives and align finance support to achieve delivery of the objectives
  • Develop, enhance, and maintain reporting of performance measures as well as provide insights that improve decision making
  • Monitor and analyze key financial and operational metrics, and communicate trends and variances to the business team 
  • Analyze and interpret financial data to identify trends, risks, and opportunities for improvement 
  • Develop business cases, analyzing their strategic fit, challenging the key assumptions and providing recommendations, analysis of business implications and risks/benefits
  • Provide advice, guidance, analysis and insights to support across the business functions to improve profitability, increase revenue, decrease costs
  • Drive continuous improvement ethos and simplification within the business functions and develop & maintain reporting of initiatives
  • Support the Commercial Manager to achieve the objectives of the region and collaborate with the accounting team to ensure accurate and timely reporting of financial results 
  • Participate in cross-functional initiatives and projects to drive business growth and efficiency
  • Partner with the Commercial Finance Manager to plan & execute market growth strategy, support business case development and track benefit realization for Asia projects  

Who are you?


We are looking for a strong team player who has a solid finance/background experience and wants to an impact within our business. By utilising your business partnering experience, you will also have:  


  • Strong financial modeling and analytical skills 
  • Proven track record of providing financial guidance and support to business leaders 
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple initiatives simultaneously 
  • Knowledge of ERP systems and financial reporting tools 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong relationships with business stakeholders 
  • A relevant Bachelors degree in either Finance or Accounting
  • Ability to communicate well in Japanese & English (both written and verbal)

Why Zespri?


Our people are what makes our culture so irresistible and uniquely Zespri. We are a passionate and mighty team of 850+ 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.


Apply Now! Applications close 31 May 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 via email at