Recruitment Announcement: Policy Director

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

At the heart of FIA’s philosophy lies a belief that the private sector can play a more positive role in civil society with regards to many of the pressing issues on health & nutrition, food safety and trade. To this end, FIA uses science-based advocacy and industry best practices to inform public policy formulation in Asia.

Our members are multinational food companies and associations that share common values on food standards, international competitiveness and the delivery of positive public health. Through FIA, they are committed to building constructive relationships with governments and policymakers, academia and NGOs either directly or through other channels and platforms.

The Role:
Job title: Policy Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Travel: 30-40% (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 health & nutrition and on trade policy. This role will coordinate the organisation’s external communications and support with refining and strengthening FIA’s value proposition for members, whilst building FIA’s profile with critical stakeholders and partners.

Policy Development:
The Policy Director maintains a strategic focus on government affairs and public policy in Asia. A particular emphasis should be made on policy and regulatory developments in health & nutrition and trade liberalisation related to the food and agriculture sector.

A particular focus will be to help build, manage and support public-private partnerships and other multi-stakeholder initiatives across the region.

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.

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 team members and external consultants to coordinate the design and delivery of appropriate policy tools and communications 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 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
  • 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 policy 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 communications, 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
  • Liaise with and propose collaborative activities for national industry associations and external stakeholders

Skills and Experience:
  • A undergraduate or master's degree
  • Experience with an industry association, F&B multinational or related organisation 
  • Exceptional negotiation skills with the ability to engage high-level stakeholders 
  • Regional exposure and an understanding of multiple Asian countries, languages and political systems 
  • Superb communication skills (verbal and 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
  • A second Asian language (e.g. Bahasa Indonesia)

  • Working hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Location: Orchard
  • Travel: Frequent travel within Asia may be required

Interested and suitable candidates: Please forward your resume with a recent photograph, reason for leaving your last employer and expected salary to

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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