Quality Assurance Manager

Zespri International Limited

Provide strategic leadership in the development and implementation of the Zespri Quality Assurance program to underpin Zespri's Quality System

  • 2 Year Fixed Term Contract
  • Leadership role within the Zespri Quality function
  • Global role 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 Assurance Manager - 2 Year Contract
Provide strategic leadership in the development and implementation of the Zespri Quality Assurance program to underpin Zespri’s Quality System and brand, including all fruit/product quality, compliance, and regulatory requirements.
Provide assurance to stakeholders that fruit/product quality is measured consistently throughout the global business.
  • Developing a global framework for consistent measurement of product and system quality.
  • Providing strategic direction for the Quality Assessor function across Zespri globally.
  • Maintaining effective relationships between Zespri quality functions and post-harvest management.
  • Maintaining and improving reporting and communication flow between Zespri global operations teams, the Post-Harvest Sector and the Zespri global market teams.
  • Management of the Zespri NZ Quality Assurance team.
  • Monitors audit execution against the agreed assurance plan and reports any exceptions in a timely manner to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Strengthens relationships with post-harvest management staff and develops effective mechanisms for maintaining these.
  • Ensures the Quality Assurance team has all the relevant and up to date business information required to competently carry out their role.  
Qualifications and Experience:    
  • Technical expertise with post-graduate qualifications in a related discipline.
  • Strong analytical ability to be able to quickly assimilate a constant flow of complex information and understand the broader strategic/commercial implications.
  • Sound understanding of and passion for Quality Systems in general, preferably within the fresh produce industry.
  • Sound understanding of export compliance requirements and private standards for fresh produce.
  • A good understanding of Information Systems and how they apply in the quality arena.
  • Mature judgement and decision-making capability
  • Proven Strategic leadership experience 
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.