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R&D VP, Asia Pacific Zone

SINGAPORE, Singapore, SG, 138567

R&D VP Asia Pacific Zone




The R&D VP, Asia Pacific Zone is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of Asia Pacific's Research and Development Team. ^ Set strategic direction of R&D function within the Asia Pacific Region – ensuring alignment to Commercial (Flavour Solutions and Consumer) Business Strategy ensuring cross functional alignment and engagement at all levels.





  • Leading the APZ Product Development team across multiple sites/countries/JV partners and deploy appropriate resources against development projects, directing inter-team and cross-functional working when required.
  • Directing and prioritizing work per business priorities and projects which support the strategic plan for growth and profit improvement.
  • Representing APZ R&D in relevant Global and Regional customer engagements both on-site and at the customer’s facilities. Represent the Asia Pacific region in Global R&D (Science Council) meetings.
  • Building technological and leadership capabilities across PD team by developing an efficient regional team committed to excellence, performance and shared accountability.
  • Developing top talent manage and develop technical and leadership competency to address succession planning needs.
  • Creating robust technical community to develop best in class practices across the zone, and allow transfer of knowledge across functions, whilst maintaining required confidentiality.
  • Leading Product Development activities to support APZ CCI program to improve margin performance that delivers a competitive edge, such as formula simplification and rationalization
  • Implementing effective systems and processes to enable cross functional and organizational effectiveness.
  • Ensuring activities related to the functional compliance with relevant Acts/ Legal Requirements, Business Ethics and Food Manufacturing Standards.
  • Ensuring the development and adherence to Global, Regional and Local policies and standards to protect proprietary information.





  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Technical - Research & Development
  • 15 Years Product Development Experience in Food Industry.
  • Minimum 5 Years’ experience in a regional leadership role.
  • Operational and strategic experience gained in a multi-cultural, multi-site and matrix working environment.
  • Extensive experience in product development formulation (food) and demonstrated experience in the associated Manufacturing and Quality Assurance Techniques.
  • Experience in leading product development and technical teams across various product categories (Wet and Dry) – Seasonings, Flavors, Sauces.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Food Industry including product manufacture/ technology. Contribute to strategic thinking on the Long-Term Planning (LTP) for the Asia Pacific Zone as well as input into Global R&D Strategy. Knowledge and experience in both Wet and Dry Categories. Specifically, Condiments, Sauces, Seasonings and Flavoring.
  • Experience with Flavor science/technology.
  • Understands the business impact (profit, cost and risk) of any decisions made on product, process and regulatory issues.
  • Insight and understanding of key regulatory changes – Partner with QA function to ensure understanding and of business impact and risk mitigation.
  • Ability to lead and manage regionally diverse teams.
  • Strive for continuous improvement of self and team.
  • Ability to balance strategic thinking/influence with a hands-on, operational approach.
  • Interacts with the key members of the Asia Pacific Leadership Team and functional reports. Works Directly with Key stakeholders, Customers, Joint Venture Partners and key functional and commercial leaders.
  • Forms strong relationship with key customers/ strategic accounts.
  • Ability to lead and manage teams across diverse geographies and portfolios/ categories.
  • Able to balance strategic thinking/influence with a hands-on, operational approach.
  • Continuous Improvement Focus - Foster a culture of continuous improvement - promoting both innovation and idea generation, balanced with and providing cost effective solutions.
  • Customer Relationship Management - Collaborative but decisive.
  • Influencing skills to win confidence of internal and external stakeholders. Stakeholder management experience (internal and external). B2B Customer Relationship experience is essential.




United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.