Grower Engagement Manager

Zespri International Limited

This position will be a key contributor to the development and delivery of Zespri's broader grower engagement function

  • Newly created position within Zespri
  • Flexible working encouraged
  • Travel regularly
Zespri is more than simply the world’s single-largest marketer of kiwifruit. We supply one of the world’s healthiest little superfruits to millions of people around the world in more than 50 markets. We are one of New Zealand’s best-known international brands, dedicated to creating sustainable long-term value for growers.

We are growing quickly, driven by our success in engaging more and more consumers and by offering the world’s best kiwifruit 12 months of the year. We have bold ambitions and aim to grow sales from approximately $3 billion in 2018 to $4.5 billion by 2025.

Grower Engagement Manager
The relationship between Zespri International Limited and growers and wider stakeholders is critical to the success of the kiwifruit industry business.  It is imperative to retain the confidence of our 2,800 growers we establish trust and deliver value. The Grower Engagement Manager role has been established to focus on grower engagement and assist the Industry Stakeholder Manager, Grower Liaison Managers and communications between Zespri and its grower base.
This position will be a key contributor to the development and delivery of Zespri’s broader grower engagement function and actively contribute to grower enablement initiatives under current and future technology and compliance based projects.
  • Establish relationships with key influential growers, and support the Industry Stakeholder Manager and Grower Services Manager in management of internal and external stakeholder relationships.
  • Develop initiatives that promotes awareness of the Grower Liaison function both internally and externally.
  • Assist development of relationships of Grower Liaison managers within their assigned grower base.
  • Be informed about, and support industry information flows on factors affecting the grower base and key messages that need disseminating around the industry
  • Ability to advocate for growers while balancing the views of Zespri on strategic issues.
  • Manage and mentor the Grower Liaison Managers in terms interactions with growers in order to achieve Grower Engagement KPI’s.
  • Development of an engagement recording, reporting and monitoring framework and protocol for the Grower Liaison function.
  • Proactively identifying opportunities and managing grower engagement events.
  • Act as an advocate to help resolve grower issues or complaints quickly and effectively.
  • Manage difficult situations both externally and internally.
  • Reviewing and adapting the Grower Engagement strategy to cater for a changing grower base or grower requirements.
  Qualifications and Experience:    
  • Relevant Horticulture/Agriculture tertiary education (desired)
  • Field background in the horticultural/agricultural industry
  • Previous experience in stakeholder engagement
  • Available to travel
  • Well-developed computer skills: Word, Power Point, Outlook, Dynamic CRM, PowerBI
All applications should be submitted immediately, Zespri will close applications upon completion of the shortlist.
Zespri will not accept applications or contact from any temporary staffing agency, placement service or professional recruiter for this vacancy (“Agency”). 

Where Zespri requires the support of an agency to fulfil a vacancy, we will proactively seek this support from our network of Agencies.  We respectfully ask that you do not contact Zespri or any of it’s affiliates/employees regarding vacancies, and reserve the right not to reply.

Zespri will not be responsible for, and will not pay, any fees, commissions or other payments related to such unsolicited resumes.