The Global Language of Business

Public Policy Senior Manager (APAC)

Job type: Employee
Time type: Full-time
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Post date: 06 July 2022

Position Summary:

GS1 Overview

GS1 develops and maintains the most widely used identification standards that are fundamental to numerous enterprises around the world. The best-known symbol of GS1 standards is the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. Four decades ago, we started by helping food retailers do business more efficiently and reduce consumer prices. Today, GS1 standards improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors, including retail, marketplaces, healthcare, transport and logistics, food service, technical industries and humanitarian logistics. Our scale and reach – local Member Organisations (MOs) in 116 countries, 2 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day – help ensure that GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe.


Role Summary

The Public Policy Senior Manager (APAC) will be part of the GS1 Global Public Policy team, while working with the GS1 offices and colleagues in Asia-Pacific on a daily basis. The position will have responsibility for the execution of Public Policy activities that advance the GS1 Global and GS1 Asia-Pacific regional strategy. 
What we offer is a position in a leading global organisation, working closely with business and government helping to drive safety and efficiency in international commerce. The Senior Manager will be part of a global team working with GS1 offices in close to 20 markets, regional intergovernmental organisations, and national governments on engagement in public policy and related cooperation.
The Public Policy Senior Manager (APAC) will have regional responsibility for matters related to GS1s’ interaction with regulators, intergovernmental organisation, industry associations, and other stakeholders in the region. He/she will also work closely with the GS1 offices / Member Organisations of the region. Therefore, it is critical for the position that the candidate has significant and extensive work experience in the regulatory and public affairs environment in Asia-Pacific. 
In this role he/she will ensure that the benefits of global standards and the need for regulatory harmonisation are well explained to and understood by key stakeholders across the region. This role requires a passion for regulatory affairs and policy developments, and the ability to be a trusted and neutral partner to authorities and other stakeholders.    


  • Drive regional public policy engagement through strategic engagements with extended stakeholder community
  • Monitoring and evaluation of collaboration and project opportunities with government, intergovernmental organisations and industry groups / trade associations
  • Assist in the coordination of policy positions with GS1 Member Organisations in Asia-Pacific and coordinate with Global Public Policy team as needed
  • Consult with CEOs and senior management of GS1 Member Organisations to further the strategic priorities of GS1 Asia-Pacific
  • Secure GS1 participation in key conferences, meetings, forums
  • Represent GS1 at relevant conferences, meetings, forums
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities related Public Policy projects 
  • Manage programs with industry and government stakeholders
  • Regulatory Monitoring - Identify and track legislative and regulatory developments at national and regional level in Asia-Pacific that influence the implementation of GS1 standards and recommend a course of action 


  • Bachelor's level degree (required) in relevant field, such as business, engineering, public affairs, political science with more than 8 years of work experience
  • Experience from APEC, ASEAN or regional/global intergovernmental organisations 
  • Extensive experience from work on government projects, consultations and other engagements with government agencies in Asian markets
  • Thorough understanding of how trade associations and chambers of commerce function 
  • Understanding of government agencies and functioning in key Asian / Pacific markets e.g., experience from India, China, ANZ, Indonesia, Vietnam

Skills required:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - confident presenter and public speaker 
  • Highly motivated and detail oriented, with the proven ability to follow through on short and long-term work streams
  • Highly independent with little need for guidance and supervision
  • Willingness to be part of a distributed team, meeting virtually, more than in person
  • Comfortable learning about new technology and explaining it in a simple way for external audiences such as industry and government
  • Fluent in English, working knowledge in additional major Asian language is very beneficial, especially Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia/Malaysia, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean or Japanese


Additional Information:

Travel: 10%

How to apply:

Send your application with CV to:

  • Blue Tower, Avenue Louise 326, bte 10
  • B-1050 Brussels, Belgium 
  • Tel: + 32 2 788 78 00 
  • E-mail: 

Responses will be treated quickly and with strict confidentiality.