Senior Manager – ASEAN/SME Programs (Jakarta)

Reports to: Chief Representative for Indonesia; works closely with Senior Vice President/Regional Managing Director and President, US-ASEAN Business Council Institute

Based in: Jakarta

Role Summary:

US-ASEAN Business Council began a pilot program in 2012 to help build the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout ASEAN. Today, the program has evolved to include the official ASEAN SME Academy website as well as in-person and virtual events in all ten ASEAN nations. This initiative aims to address a top national priority for all ASEAN member states – SME competitiveness – and focuses on skills training and capability transfers, integration of SMEs into global supply chains, leadership development, business ethics and corporate governance. It now includes an on-line learning portal – the SME Academy – and in 2021, the Council will expand our efforts to reach significantly more ASEAN SMEs and help them to grow their businesses as ASEAN emerges from the pandemic. We will add at least two new languages to the on-line platform, allowing us to reach audiences that we have not been able to access previously. We will continue to conduct “live” events which will be in-person where it makes sense, but virtual where health issues necessitate. We also plan to have a 1-2 day ASEAN SME Summit in 2021 which will bring together SMEs from across the region to hear from some of the leading companies and experts in the world, and we will produce a monthly podcast featuring more exclusive content and ideas.

The Council’s position of Senior Manager is based in Jakarta and leads the Council’s SME programs and initiatives. The successful candidate will execute our plans to execute the SME program 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 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 also support the efforts of the Council’s ASEAN Committee in general and interact regularly with the corporate leadership of the Council’s ASEAN Committee and with the Washington, DC-based liaison as well as with representatives of the Council’s member companies throughout ASEAN, Asia and the United States. S/he will also provide support to the membership team’s goals of expanding the Council and assist in the retention of current Council members, potential upgrades and recruitment of new members.


  • Coordinate and support Council programming for SME programs including the online SME Academy, the SME Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN Internship Program
  • Work directly with Council members to drive the SME programs in countries across ASEAN by identifying local government priorities and expanding on public-private engagement opportunities such as regular dialogs and consultations
  • Develop programming such as roundtables, briefings, seminars and workshops advancing the objectives of the member companies
  • Build relationships with U.S. and ASEAN politicians and policy makers/influencers
  • Build a network of industry partners
  • Work cross-functionally to position corporate messages, create advocacy among stakeholders and reinforce efforts to properly position private sector views
  • 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
  • Monitor implications of policy and political activity on sector-specific business areas and provide regular updates to member companies, including staying up to date on key contacts and regional events
  • In concert with the Council’s senior leadership, undertake necessary and appropriate steps to provide strategic advice on policy matters.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in Business Administration, International Relations, or a related field. A Master’s Degree is a major plus.
  • Exposure to American companies, and/or education in the United States is preferred
  • Visa/documentation that allows work in Indonesia (if not an Indonesian citizen)
  • 3-7 years of work experience, ideally in events management, project management, business development and/or multinational management.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing programs, events and budgets, and tracking and advocating on key policy issues
  • 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 speak 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
  • Needs to be client-focused and maintain good and open working relationships with the Council’s 165+ member companies and their representatives
  • Must be fluent in English with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Should 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 be proficient in Windows Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Must have good research skills and be able to learn and absorb quickly
  • Must understand and abide by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States.
  • Must be able to interact 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
  • 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
  • Needs to have knowledge of Southeast Asia, including its history, culture, politics and business environment
  • Knowledge of ASEAN as an organization and its key programs and players is a plus

Application Procedures

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