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Head, Application Development, Pkg, AS

About the Role:
Reporting to the VP, Packaging, Asia South, the job holder is responsible for taking the lead in driving short to mid-term product and application development projects through the Application Development Team, for leading the provision of technical service and application development, for driving annual business plans and for gaining strong commitment from key internal and external stakeholders.

This role includes planning, implementing and monitoring Borouge’s strategic technical and application development projects, promoting and coordinating technical knowledge harvesting within the organization, initiating and leading Application Development activities to design offerings that meet market needs, developing networks within the specific value chain, including scientific & technical communities, and being the main source of application expert knowledge, demonstrating credentials as ambassador of Borouge products.

The role requires a university degree, preferably in the chemical/polymers or thorough application specific experience/knowledge, excellent team leadership in a diverse cultural environment in combination with a long-term industry track record and recognition in the specific value chain.

This position is based in Singapore.

Key Accountabilities:
Marketing Technical Support / Field Application Development

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of department policies, procedures and controls covering all areas of Technical Service and Application Development activities so that all relevant procedural/legislative requirements are fulfilled while delivering a quality, cost-effective service to customers.
  • Assist in strategic sales and marketing efforts from a technical and value creation perspective.
  • Work with Regional Management to ensure Application Development resources are continuously optimized in order to keep/improve competitive edge over time balancing existing/future needs/potential.
  • Responsible for the final interpretation and reporting of technical work and conclusions to customers
  • Lead the team in developing next generation products with key customers and other supply chain partners.
  • Construct & promote concept of circular economy with focus on mono material solutions & recyclates.
  • Participate in international conferences as a Technical Expert from Borouge to promote on the company’s product portfolio in international markets in liaison with marketing to establish brand awareness and achieve strategic business objectives.
  • Approve final reporting of technical work and conclusions to customers, and where appropriate present at conferences, seminars, etc.
  • Consistently publish in technical / trade journals, write white papers on chosen technical expertise, speak at industry events.
  • Collaborate with management and across other disciplines to define technical specifications; and act as an expert in copyrights, patents and product strategies to assist in resolving Borouge’s complex and unique problems with significant impact on the business.
  • Influence international authorities on development and establishment of technical standards and codes to facilitate continuous improvement of technical standards globally.
  • Develop commercial and technical contacts within the polymers and rubber industry and with co-suppliers, to ensure appropriate technical co-operation, to gather information and to enhance the reputation of Borouge. Provide a technical link between these industries and marketing, innovation and product management.

Product and Process knowledge

  • Set objectives and direction for Annual Business Plan.
  • Take ownership of application development for major portfolio including determining overall prices/premium, volumes, budget and resources.
  • Provide leadership direction, motivation and performance management to overall portfolio team in order to ensure that a high level of performance is achieved.
  • Communicate strategies with regional commercial team to gain their commitment .
  • Use product benchmarks to develop and manage full application development product portfolio

Value Chain Partner Management

  • Represent Borouge as a senior member of the organization in external events, e.g. delivery of key note speeches in external conference.
  • Maintain strong partnership with value chain partners to proactively drive forward the relationship to optimize products and maximize sales growth.
  • Ambassadors of Borouge products. Drive key messages which support the business and future product development.

Product Technical Troubleshooting

  • Develop and maintain the technical standards of the team.
  • Supervise the work of Technical Services facilitating and tracking project status; identifying problems and issues; allocating appropriate resources; and ensuring that technical support services are completed on schedule and at the highest levels of quality. Assists staff in the delivery of technical services as necessary and appropriate.
  • Manage Technical Services activities to ensure that Technical Services assets are utilized in line with business long term strategy, short term priorities and cost budgets.
  • Administer the Technical Services teams budget and assist in the preparation of operating and project budgets; forecast additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; and implement mid-year adjustments.
  • Provide resources for agreed development projects to ensure that they achieve the end result that is specified, and that the process is adhered to ensuring appropriate co-ordination with Innovation team and participating personally where appropriate.
  • Final responsibility for the documentation, effective communications and quality of Technical Services support provided by his group.

Building Customer / Partner Relationships

  • Ensure Technical Services resolve customer technical inquiries, complaints and claims in line with agreed Borouge procedures, service excellence and at appropriate cost to the business.
  • Strong champion for innovation for the company and drive customer-lead product developments.
  • Lead machinery manufacturer strategy.


  • Drive strategy at all levels of value chain and improve enangement .
  • Inspirational leader in relationships that enhance PC stature within Borouge and the value chain.
  • Drive compliance of ADE Organization to Borouge rules and ethics.
  • Strategy maker based on market knowledge, root cause analysis of problems and situational awareness.
  • Provide direction and leadership to the ADE team and coach members/leaders of adjacent departments.
  • Valued thought leader in value chain.
  • Identify, initiate and drive change programs. Leader of corporate change initiatives.
  • Drive collaborative teamwork across different functions and throughout value chain.

About You:
Minimum Qualification

  • University degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent science / engineering degree
  • Preferably, M.Sc. degree in Polymer Chemistry / Technology / Chemical Engineering or equivalent
  • Fluency in English
  • Thorough commercial understanding and interest in business value in the respected business area
  • Knowledge in operating computer, Microsoft Office, Windows and Internet Exploring
  • Basic understanding of intellectual rights
  • Good knowledge of products development commercialisation process
  • Good knowledge of corporate strategy
  • Extensive knowledge of products, manufacturing and application technology
  • Extensive knowledge of application specific value chain
  • Extensive knowledge of Borouge procedures and systems

Minimum Experience & Knowledge & Skills

  • 15-20 years of total experience in preferably polymer, chemical or application related industries
  • 5 years of Sr. Product Owner or Sr. Application Development Engineer experience
Jun 16, 2022