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Chief Executive Officer


Juice Products New Zealand


  • Healthy natural New Zealand goodness to world markets
  • Drive growth, operational efficiency and product development
  • Timaru, South Canterbury


Established in 2008 by two New Zealand entrepreneurs, Juice Products New Zealand (JPNZ) is a leading vegetable and fruit processing business based in Timaru. JPNZ’s premium products are all natural fruit and vegetable juice concentrates, pulps and purees that are distributed to over thirteen countries globally. The business is now owned by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and has grown to be one of the largest carrot juice producers in the world. Processing around 60% of New Zealand’s carrot crops, the business employs 44 permanent staff and around 50 seasonal staff. JPNZ works closely with thirteen local growers across a region known for its abundance of fertile land and its ability to produce vast crops, ensuring a plentiful and stable supply of premium fruit and vegetables.


JPNZ currently seeks to appoint a suitably experienced and talented CEO to take up a challenging key role, leading and growing the organisation to the next level as they expand their production of predominantly carrot based juices to a diverse range of fruit and vegetable products.  The CEO will be pivotal in driving new product development, market and product research, and the launch of new products to global markets. 


Reporting to the Chair of the Juice Products New Zealand Board based in Tokyo, the CEO will provide visionary leadership to achieve business growth in a profitable and sustainable manner. Championing the company culture that values employees and stakeholders, the CEO will provide ethical and responsible leadership ensuring best-in-class corporate practices and the achievement of the goals set out in the strategic plan.  Ensuring the efficiency, resilience and innovation of food processing facilities, leading an empowered culture, producing quality products, maintaining effective relationships, and growing profitability in a sustainable manner are important.


Applicants will demonstrate the following attributes:


  • Demonstrated leadership experience within the food processing sector.
  • A proven visionary and empowering leadership style that creates a strong team culture.
  • Experience in identifying, researching and developing new products and international markets.
  • Strong commercial and financial skills, combined with an understanding of governance.
  • Proven strategic planning, risk management and decision-making skills.
  • Highly effective stakeholder relationship development skills.
  • Proven ability to lead and maintain a culture of integrity, safety, capability and compliance.


The appointee should ideally be someone who understands working with an international company and who possesses the cultural empathy to relate to the company’s diverse workforce.  We also seek maturity of judgement and someone who can bring a sound understanding of modern manufacturing processes and systems – preferably gained within the New Zealand food & beverage industry.


This is an exciting opportunity to lead this quality company’s next exciting phase of growth and development assuming responsibility for the growth and expansion of the product range, sourcing high quality New Zealand produce and developing new global markets.




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Confidential enquiries can be made to Graham Ewing or Lynell Bell of EQI Global on +64 3 377 7793 or email at search@eqiglobal.com


Applications for this role should include a cover letter and resume. All applications will be acknowledged via email.


Closing date for applications is Monday 7 November 2022

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