Senior Manager/Director (Singapore)

Reports to: Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director

Based in: Singapore


The US-ASEAN Business Council is seeking to fill a senior manager/director-level position to lead and coordinate the Council’s programs and initiatives in key sectoral policy issues related to the Council’s various committees, in particular the Health & Life Sciences committee, and engagements with ASEAN as an organization.

The position is based in Singapore, and the successful candidate will be required to interact regularly with colleagues and the corporate leadership of various Council committees based in Southeast Asia and Washington, DC as well as with representatives of the Council’s member companies throughout ASEAN, Asia and the United States. The position will oversee two sectoral portfolios, one of which is the health and life sciences portfolio, and at least one country portfolio. The successful candidate will be responsible for crafting and executing cross-cutting advocacy strategies that generate growth and value for the Council’s member companies.  S/he will partner with the Council’s country teams across Southeast Asia and our Washington DC headquarters. S/he will stay on top of the latest public policy developments in Southeast Asia and help lead the identification of solutions to public policy challenges that strengthen the U.S.-ASEAN economic relationship.

The successful candidate will execute the Council’s policy advocacy programs and implement partnership opportunities with relevant stakeholders including the U.S. government, ASEAN governments and other trade/sector-specific organizations and associations.  S/he will also identify, monitor and address policy challenges and opportunities affecting those stakeholders.  S/he is expected to have contacts in pertinent government ministries in Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia and the ability to develop and grow those contacts further.  In addition, s/he is expected to develop contacts with leading business executives, academics, think tank leaders and the media throughout the region.  S/he will provide support to the membership team’s goal of expanding the Council and assist in the retention of current Council members, potential upgrades, and recruitment of new members.

The position also offers opportunities to work with well-skilled and deeply passionate individuals, many of whom are the leading experts in Southeast Asia in business, foreign policy and international affairs.


  • Execute advocacy efforts for various regional policy issues.
  • Oversee two sectoral portfolios, including Health & Life Sciences, and one country portfolio.
  • Drive synergistic initiatives in ASEAN countries, creating public-private engagement opportunities such as regular dialogues and consultations.
  • Lead programming such as roundtables, briefings, seminars and workshops that advance the objectives of the member companies.
  • Work cross-functionally to position corporate messages, create advocacy among stakeholders and reinforce efforts to properly position private sector views.
  • Create and maintain strong relationships and coalitions with governments, multilateral organizations, trade associations, and other key stakeholders, especially in relation to the Singapore market.
  • Monitor policy developments in Southeast Asia as well as key policy and political updates in Singapore. Proactively provide regular analytical updates to member companies.
  • Work with Council staff throughout Southeast Asia and in Washington, DC to ensure all projects and daily workload are being completed and escalated to the supervisor as needed.
  • Support other Council initiatives, when necessary, including the Singapore office’s sectoral portfolios and other portfolios.


  • 6+ years working with government policymakers on health policy issues, ideally in government, companies, consultancies, or trade associations and demonstrated knowledge and working experience in public policy, international business, and international trade.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field such as Economics, International Relations, Political Science, or Public Policy. A Master’s Degree is a major plus.
  • Visa/documentation that allows work in Singapore (if not a Singaporean citizen).
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and comfortably interact with senior corporate leaders and policymakers. Exposure to American companies, and/or education in the United States is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of policy trends and issues in Southeast Asia as a region and ASEAN as an institution as well as its history, culture and business environment. Knowledge of ASEAN’s key programs, its bureaucratic structure and its key players is a major plus.
  • Experience in successfully managing programs, events and budgets, and tracking and advocating on policy issues.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership of team efforts and experience in management and with people from different backgrounds.
  • Must be able to interact and build effective communication with all organizational levels including senior management of member companies, senior business leaders from ASEAN countries, senior government leaders from ASEAN countries, academics, think tanks and media.
  • Need to be client-focused and maintain good and open working relationships with the Council’s 175+ member companies and their representatives.
  • Must be able to work independently without significant direction and achieve concrete results.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented and be able to successfully handle multiple tasks at the same time and function in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be willing to work beyond normal business hours in order to coordinate with colleagues in the United States, participate in regular staff calls and consult with Council members based in the United States and other parts of Asia and the world.
  • Complete fluency in English with excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to demonstrate the ability to produce high-quality English-language publications. Fluency in a second Southeast Asian language is a major plus.
  • Must have good research skills and be able to learn and absorb quickly, and present the findings of his/her research in a systematic and effective manner.
  • Must have a good sense of logistics and ability to plan, run and execute programs.
  • Must be a strategic thinker who understands key variables and can execute a plan to move members’ issues forward.
  • Must understand and abide by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States.

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