About FIA

FIA is a non-profit industry association and a leading advocate of the food industry in Asia. From our office in Singapore, we represent and promote the views of major food and drink companies throughout Asia, providing a regional hub for policy dialogue and development.

At the heart of FIA’s philosophy lies a belief that the private sector can play a more positive role in civil society if it has a seat at the table. To this end, FIA uses science-based advocacy and industry best practice to help shape public policy in Asia.

Our members are multinational food companies and associations who share common values on food standards, international competitiveness and the delivery of public health outcomes that are relevant to their products. Through FIA, they are committed to building relationships with governments and policy makers, either directly or through the existing network of local industry groups.


Job Title: Policy Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Travel: 20-30% (mainly within Asia)


The Policy Director is responsible for developing and implementing FIA’s long term advocacy strategy and driving the delivery of key development goals as determined each year by the FIA Council.

As a senior member of the FIA Executive team, he/she serves as a deputy to the Executive Director with a strong focus on trade policy and regulatory oversight and coordinates the organisation’s external communications and membership services. This includes a specific focus on refining and strengthening FIA’s value proposition for new and existing members while building FIA’s profile with high value stakeholders.

Policy Development:

The Policy Director maintains a strategic focus on government affairs and public policy in Asia with a particular emphasis on policy and regulatory developments in nutrition and health and the harmonisation of food standards.

He/she will be a principal contact for external stakeholders and is required to maintain a proactive relationship with key opinion leaders in the public and private sector including regional trade bodies and national industry associations to attract and sustain their interest in FIA.

He/she is required to provide secretariat support to the FIA Public Affairs Committee to ensure that output is fully aligned to the organisation’s advocacy goals.

Advocacy & Communication:

The Policy Director is responsible for developing and implementing systems and processes to monitor, track and communicate significant developments and trends in the areas of food policy and regulation that may impact on FIA’s members.

He/she is required to work closely with other FIA Policy Managers and external consultants to coordinate the design and delivery of appropriate communication tools and statements to address emerging issues in a timely, responsible manner; and ensure output is fully aligned to the organisation’s advocacy goals and that FIA and the industry is consistently presented in a strong, positive light to relevant stakeholders.

The Policy Director will represent FIA at appropriate forums, conferences and public meetings, acting as spokesperson when required.

Main Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the Policy objectives and budgets of the FIA Strategic Plan in collaboration with the relevant FIA Committees and consultants. 
  • Lead policy and advocacy efforts and other FIA activities, serving as a deputy to the Executive Director.
  • Build sustainable relationships with affiliated groups to further the growth of FIA.
  • Maintain a stakeholder database, with all relevant contacts in Asia.
  • Contribute to the design of tailor-made communications tools and collaborative activities for national industry associations and external stakeholders.
  • Manage FIA’s issues-management strategy and coordinate appropriate crisis response procedures as required.
  • Support the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and the FIA website.
  • Provide secretariat support to the FIA Public Affairs Committee and other member groups as required.
  • Put in place metrics and tools for tracking members’ satisfaction with FIA services. 
  • Design and implement activities and services to attract and recruit new members. 
  • Liaise with and propose collaborative activities for national industry associations and external stakeholders. 

Skills and Experience

  • A degree or masters in food governance or other relevant subject 
  • Experience with an industry association, F&B MNC or related organisation 
  • Exceptional negotiation skills with the ability to engage high level stakeholders 
  • Regional exposure to multiple Asian countries, languages and political systems 
  • Superb communication skills (verbal & written) in English 
  • Tact and diplomacy, with the ability to make professional, intuitive judgments 
  • A working knowledge of food policy, nutrition and food industry regulations 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Power Point and Excel 
  • Positive attitude, creative thinker and outstanding attention to detail. 

Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV to engfong.liong@foodindustry.asia. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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