Status: Open

Location: Singapore

Direct Report: President of Mars Petcare & Multisales APAC

Indirect Report: VP Global Corporate Affairs, Petcare

Direct Management: CA APAC Manager, CA in-country Managers

Overview & Objectives

The Corporate Affairs Vice President is responsible for managing the Petcare Corporate Affairs Function in APAC, consistent with Mars Incorporated Petcare Corporate Affairs (CA) strategies: Internal and External Communications, Social Media Communications, Public Affairs, Issues and Crisis Management, Brand Reputation through PR, Corporate Social Responsibility, Associate and Stakeholder Engagement.

The VP will be able to provide the team with insights and tools to support the business strategy in achieving its growth objectives., actively manage and develop regional CA in-country Associates to ensure the team is high performing, engaged and with a robust talent pipeline.

This role will be spearhead consistent communication of Mars Principles in Action across market units internally and externally, focus on strategically important customers, working collaboratively with all regional business heads. Internal stakeholders include regional and global CA leadership, segment leadership.

External stakeholders cover government bodies, regulatory groups, industry and consumer association, traditional and new media.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Manage Internal and External Communications, Policy and Issues in cooperation with the Global Government Relations Service Centre
  • Provide One Voice communication of CA across APAC by creating/facilitating a collaborative approach with CA Associates, deploying global and regional communications and key regional policy positions towards relevant issues and opportunities
  • Strengthen regional engagement through further internal communication, aligned with functional/ local management teams such as Supply Chain, Operations, R&D, Marketing, P&O
  • Member of the APAC Petcare Leadership team (APLT) ensuring all CA matters are appropriately represented within APAC
  • Serve on Steering Teams for critical initiatives such as Calorie Conversion, Passion for Pets, Ocean Sustainability
  • Establish and maintain favourable relations with APAC Key Opinion Leaders; private/ public sectors and civil society
  • Manage and support external PR and GR agencies and partners as required
  • Support international trade and economic analysis and subsequent negotiations
  • Provide crisis management support and communications, ensuring crisis trainings and tools are fully operational regionally at all times
  • Oversee regional and national issues/crisis preparedness and management to ensure business continuity is protected in times of crisis
  • Ensure best practice in implementing external communication and regulatory tools, systems and processes, assessing and analysing all business functions in APAC
  • Facilitate ongoing collaboration with global CA communication teams to further create a strong framework in which to implement APAC strategies

Experience

  • Minimum twelve-fifteen years’ successful work experience in the development and execution of strategic corporate communications and public policy work within Asia Pacific. Candidates from the food industry are of interest, along with those in the Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Biotech sectors
  • Proven and successful experience in understanding Asia, managing and leading an APAC team
  • Deep understanding of communicative, policy and commercial issues confronting the consumer sector in Asia Pacific
  • Previous experience and exposure at a senior level with various consumer governmental and policy issues in Asia Pacific is a value add
  • Successful work experience within a western matrix MNC is considered helpful
  • Demonstrable executive level relationship building and collaborative skills
  • Ability to distil complex messages into simple, relevant and meaningful communications, articulate and promote communications and policy agenda across cultures
  • Outstanding communicative aptitude in English, with a proven ability to write and speak both accurately and compellingly
  • Other Asian languages are considered an asset
  • Undergraduate degree in Business/Marketing/ Communication/ International Relations is mandatory; an advanced degree or on-going education is of interest

Competencies

  • Strong influencer, communicator, articulate and succinct, able to set clear and challenging targets for a team as well as oneself
  • Approachable and open personality with a thoughtful, disposition, well organised, energetic, calm, can fit within the Mars culture and fully embrace Mars’ 5 Principles
  • High level of professionalism, mature in judgment and agile in response; able to analyse and influence at the right time
  • Knowledge seeker, open to learning new concepts and idea
  • Proactive, innovative, curious can act decisively and collaboratively as needed
  • An uncompromising commitment to quality and ethics
  • Cross-culturally aware in Asia Pacific, a bridge builder
  • Strong skills in influencing, shaping and driving dialogue by building “buy in” – must have the presence and stature to influence and establish credibility with senior executives and external stakeholders
  • Excellent project management/organisational prowess, combined with the ability to handle multiple tasks working under pressure and within tight deadlines
  • Must be able to establish a trustworthy working relationship with colleagues: excellent interpersonal skills

Mars Leadership Capabilities

  • Deliver Consistent Results: Organizational and Strategic Agility, Drive for Results and Priority Setting
  • Create Collaborative Relationships and Teams: Customer Focus, Conflict Management, Comfort around Peers and Senior Management, Curiosity and Personal Learning
  • Navigate Complex Challenges: Manage Ambiguity, Business Acumen, Standing Alone, and Decision Quality