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R&D Product Development

Head of APAC R&D, Vision

  • Job Title Head of APAC R&D, Vision
  • Function R&D Product Development
  • Sub Function Multi-Family R&D Product Development
  • Category Director, Multi-Family R&D Product Development (PL9)
  • Location Singapore
  • Date Posted
  • Requisition Number 2406189721W
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We are seeking a dynamic visionary to join as Head of R&D APJ for our Vision business, based in Singapore. This position will be a member of both the Vision R&D Leadership Team and the APAC Leadership Team.

In this role, the primary responsibility is to serve as the R&D liaison between global R&D, regional markets, and cross-functional teams that are both global and regional. This role will be accountable for leading R&D programs in APJ, including collaborative R&D projects with external partners across the full spectrum of eye heath – from pediatric to developed to mature eyes.

The Head of R&D APJ must bring the voice of regional markets to the global R&D platforms and new product pipeline across the entire Vision portfolio. Serving as a R&D liaison and SME for APJ will support regional insights, NPI and new product approval and launch. The Head of R&D APJ will champion regional innovation and R&D projects to ensure they receive the necessary technical support from NPD, Clinical Affairs, Medical Affairs, and Regulatory diligence.  It is essential for this leader to be a collaborator and strong technical voice that drives fit for use innovation to win in APAC.

This role will also develop and lead product and technology training programs for regional cross functional teams and external customers, in partnership with Prof. Ed and global cross functional R&D SMEs. The Head of R&D APJ will represent our organization at scientific conferences and seminars, delivering presentations and engaging with customers to showcase our product and technology. 

As the Head of R&D APJ, collaboration with innovation functions such as New Business Development, , JLABS, JJInnovation, and global external innovation partners is also critical. Effective collaboration will identify regional innovation and partnership opportunities, bring visibility and recommendations to the global R&D platform teams, and ultimately strengthen our position as leaders in eye health innovation. This role will also ensure compliance in all external innovation programs by liaising with support functions like IP, legal, healthcare compliance, procurement, and finance.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a technical field such as Engineering, Polymer/Material Science, Optics Design, Vision science, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology.
  • Alternatively, a PhD in a technical field or an advanced degree in Ophthalmology/Optometry with experience in clinical/scientific or engineering research will also be considered.
  • Preferably, experience in eye health, contact lenses, and MedTech research, particularly in global and/or regional (APJ) R&D. 
  • Minimum ten years of relevant experience.
  • At least five years of experience managing and supervising teams or project management experience leading technical teams/SME's.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • At least five years of experience in leading R&D/NPD projects in healthcare/MedTech.
  • Proven record of completed projects and successful product launches through internal R&D or external collaborations. 
  • Experience in leading external collaborations, early innovation programs, and managing external R&D projects. 
  • Strong technical and business acumen, with knowledge of contact lens, intraocular lens, ophthalmic devices, and competitive landscape preferred. 
  • Preferred experience in the application of principles, concepts, and practices of the research and development of medical devices, novel contact lens, IOL, material science, designs & development, and process engineering.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including motivation, negotiation, and the ability to provide direction in a team environment.
  • Ability to mobilize internal and external resources to meet project objectives. 
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis and design of experiments. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Mandarin language fluency is preferred.

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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