Quality Systems Manager

Zespri International Limited

Reporting to the Head of Global Quality & Technical this role has global responsibility for the delivery of integrated quality management systems

  • Newly created global role within the Zespri Quality team
  • Lead a large team
  • Role with a true Global focus
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.

At Zespri we believe in guardianship which, for us, means going the extra mile to look after our people, the community, and the land. We are results-driven, challenging ourselves to think big and deliver better. We cultivate personal connections, which means listening and acting with empathy and humility – and treating each other better for it.

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.
Quality Systems Manager 
The Quality Systems Manager reports into the Head of Global Quality & Technical and has global responsibility for the delivery of global integrated quality management systems at Zespri.
This role is responsible for leading a large team across the Pre Harvest, Post Harvest and Market Access space. This is a strategic role that requires someone who can build or bring strong relationships with the industry. This is a global position that will require flexibility to work across multiple timezones.
  • Scoping, design, development and implementation of a fit-for-Zespri global quality management system
  • Influencing key stakeholders to adopt best practice and acceptance of the Zespri system
  • Leadership of the Market Access, Pre-Harvest Assurance and Post-Harvest Assurance teams within New Zealand
  • Implementing a globally standardised quality management system in partnership with Zespri Global Supply (ZGS) quality teams
  • Demonstrating vision and strategic leadership to drive continual improvement to Zespri quality systems in a rapidly changing environment
  • Demonstrating commitment to sustainability as a core value of the Zespri system.
Qualifications and Experience:    
  • A tertiary qualification in Horticulture, Food or Science related disciplines, or significant relevant experience.
  • Strong leadership capability, with the ability to coach and enable high performing, engaged teams.
  • Demonstrated relevant experience, preferably in a fresh produce or FMCG environment. Multi-national experience will be highly regarded.
  • Scientifically literate, with an ability to understand relevant new technologies and science concepts.
  • Broad based understanding of the kiwifruit industry’s global supply chain
  • Sound understanding of fruit production and post-harvest handling
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.