Registration Manager, Agricultural Solutions Japan











Objectives of the Position         

  • To obtain and maintain registration of crop protection products, non-crop (P&SS) products and other agricultural solutions (FCC) in Japan
  • To ensure that BASF has the freedom to operate and sell crop protection products in the country


Main Areas of Responsibilities and Key Activities

Portfolio management:

  1. Planning and execution of optimized country registration strategies to achieve the agreed business goals for the assigned active ingredients; identification and communication of potential short- and long-term regulatory risks and opportunities.
  2. Coordination of data gap, cost and risk analyses, planning and tracking of registration activities progress, working with other team members according to functional responsibilities, collaborating with global & regional registration managers and global functional units and involving as appropriate marketing, development, technical services, supply chain and operations functions.
  3. Responsible for registration dossiers: contribute to content, review and ensure consistency of parts provided by functional experts; communicate decisions.
  4. Address related issues / queries from Authorities and other internal and external stakeholders and coordinate scientific support. Interact and negotiate with representatives from governmental authorities to achieve regulatory objectives.
  5. Communication of strategies, progress and identified risks to other Japan functions, especially marketing and development teams, as well as Regional and Global regulatory teams.
  6. Where relevant, collaborate with co-development partners and other third-parties to support relevant distribution, in-licensing or out-licensing agreements.
  7. Develop and maintain strong relationship with relevant external authorities and other stakeholders for communication and advocacy regarding assigned active ingredients.

Functional expertise:

  1. Coordinate studies conducted in Japan (crop residues, formulation analysis etc.) with relevant internal (global functional units) or external (CROs) stakeholders to meet Japanese technical requirements and project timelines. Management of key contract laboratories. Documentation of results, maintenance of  database and input into the global database.
  2. Evaluate available metabolism and residue data for completeness and validity as per local requirements, identify potential risks / challenges and propose effective strategies to proactively address any concerns.
  3. Develop  strategies to ensure smooth and successful registrations.
  4. With the support of global competence centers where needed, address technical queries from regulatory authorities, including appropriate statements / position papers and any necessary studies.
  5. Prepare (with help of CRO where needed) the relevant parts of registration dossiers, including study summaries and risk assessments as per assigned field of expertise.
  6. Monitor scientific developments and regulatory changes regarding field of expertise at country and global level and provide focused updates to the team. Develop and maintain strong relationship with relevant experts and decision makers from Authorities and other stakeholders (e.g. research institutes) for advocacy regarding these changes.
  7. Represent BASF in relevant Industry Association (JCPA) Committees, technical working groups and other relevant advocacy and PGA activities.


Job Requirements 


  • Scientific degree (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences, Plant Science or related)
  • University degree or above  

Working Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in regulatory affairs preferably related to plant protection products
  • Experience in dealing with authorities (committees, regulators, policy makers)
  • Experience in consumer safety and / or environmental fate of chemicals
  • Established network with relevant external stakeholders such as Authorities, Government structures, Research Institutes, CROs, Advisors, etc.

Technical & Professional Knowledge

  • Knowledge in assessing safe use of pesticides
  • Knowledge of the regulatory procedures, registration processes, data requirement for registration, regulatory Authority constraints
  • Knowledge of crop protection industry: technical, commercial, farming techniques, crop specific issues,
  • Ability to establish and maintain close and sustained stakeholders relations
  • Clear understanding of pesticides issues and their social significance
  • Other requirements:
    • Good command of English, both speaking and writing
    • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Meticulous and excellent time management
    • Culturally open-minded disposition, adaptability, integrity, strong leadership

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