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Director,Regulatory Affairs

San Isidro, Argentina; Toluca, Mexico Job ID 22200 Apply
The Director leads the LATAM (Latin America) Registration and Regulatory Compliance organization, partnering with all SC Johnson Business Units, including LATAM Region Global Consumer Brands, Lifestyle Brands and Professional Markets, and working closely with LATAM region Headquarters partners to deliver on strategic growth goals. This influential provides comprehensive regulatory leadership to multiple archetype countries within LATAM to drive compliance with all local regulations and corporate standards and to optimize processes in such a way that goals can be achieved with greater synergy and efficiency, providing both speed to market and cost savings for future business growth.

The incumbent will build and maintain strong internal, external and government relationships, anticipate and proactively resolve emerging issues, seek positive regulatory change or reform benefiting S. C. Johnson, and deliver value to the company through regulatory compliance and registration advantage. This role will lead teams/individuals across the region with multiple regulatory disciplines, to build SCJ expertise and credibility in new regulatory governance arenas. The incumbent will collaborate regularly with individuals and teams including Research Development & Engineering (RD&E), Marketing, Legal, Procurement, and Quality both in the regions and globally to help determine and communicate registration and regulatory requirements for projects and products.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute the Global Safety Assessment and Regulatory Affairs (GSARA) business plan aligned with SCJ strategy for the LATAM Global Consumer brands and categories (Pest Control, Home Cleaning, Air Care and Home Storage) containing the largest global market as well as the Lifestyle Brands and SCJ Professional, which is relatively new to SCJ in both form and function. Business plans for both are created to ensure regulatory compliance, integration of new business into SCJ regulatory processes and build the expertise and credibility of the organization to both internal and external partners.

  • Implement global regulatory mindset into LifeStyle Brands to address any potential issues with future rest of work activities.

  • Lead regulatory oversight of major regulatory changes in the regions (e.g., GHS); communicate and coordinate with global GSARA colleagues on implications and implementation of solutions for all countries included in the region. Ensure that strategies and activities are aligned across regions and integrated with other parts of the business.

  • Lead registration management of SCJ products in the regions; ensure close collaboration and coordination with registration, RD&E and marketing colleagues globally and regionally to ensure that mutual needs are met.

  • Serve as functional and administrative manager for compliance and compliance staff (a team of 13 including 3 people managers/leader). Identify key gaps in the organization, identifying key roles needed to address the expanding regulatory needs of newly acquired businesses.

  • Ensure regional activities are in line with global and regional business goals, that resourced projects are staffed and that launches are achieved on time and on budget. 

  • Direct project work and coordinate efforts regional staff, contractors and consultants.

  • Develop tools/processes to communicate regional GSARA requirements to relevant departments and individuals (data, documentation, information). Own GSARA related processes and practices in the region.

  • Build strong relationships within the company, across industry and with government authorities, providing SCJ a competitive advantage as a trusted partner with the Agencies.

  • Mentor/support local compliance staff and local/regional management as they implement compliance procedures, provide assistance in government meetings where appropriate.

  • Provide interpretive analyses of complex regulatory guidance documents, regulations, or directives that impact the company’s products and operations, summarize implications for affected functions. Continuously evaluate the regulatory climate of the assigned regions and countries, identify potential issues which may arise, proactively work to favorably impact the outcome of emerging or existing issues.

  • When appropriate, serve on government or industry task forces as a representative of the company.  Seek to favorably impact registration requirements which will benefit the SCJ regulated business.

  • Manage talent; prepare promising candidates for future leadership roles by expanding existing opportunities and cross-training.

  • Actively develop inter-regional collaboration amongst the teams in order to provide greater harmonization and efficiencies.

  • Effectively coordinate and communicate the division of labor with regional managers to provide regulatory capacity and capability across the regions.


Required Skills / Experience / Competencies:

  • 10+ years of related experience, with demonstrated experience of leading managers and staff to achieve business results across

  • Bachelor of Science degree, in a related science (chemistry, biology etc.)

  • Ability to speak/understand Spanish fluently

Preferred Skills / Experience / Competencies:

  • 10+ years in leading operational and/or strategic organizational improvements

  • Experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry

  • Ability to speak/understand Portuguese

  • Proven ability to lead/manage across countries, functions, divisions and management levels.

  • Strong influencing capability with demonstrated track record influencing internal and external (eg., regulators, trade associations, etc) stakeholders as well as forging strong relationships

  • Strategic thinking and leadership skills and have demonstrated collaboration skills, including strong evidence of cross-functional partnerships/relationships.

  • Experience navigating the global safety & regulatory landscape, including government bodies, NGO’s, advocacy groups, etc., with commanding knowledge of compliance and registration requirements in the LATAM region and knowledge of GSARA policies, procedures, processes and SOPs.

  • Post-graduate degree in regulatory, product safety, or toxicology or scientific areas. Situational and balanced leadership skills and demonstrated track record influencing internal and external (eg., regulators, trade associations, etc) stakeholders as well as forging strong relationships.

  • Commanding knowledge of compliance and registration requirements in US and Canada and knowledge of GSARA policies, procedures, processes and SOPs

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and ability to summarize complex regulatory issues for a non-technical audience

Job Requirements:

  • Full time with expectation to be available for calls & meetings across time zones
  • Some travel required



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