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Correlation Ventures

Local Brand R&D Lead Japan



Tokyo, Japan
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2023


At Sanofi CHC, we have one shared purpose - we work passionately, every day, to ‘serve healthier, fuller lives. Our marketing philosophy is driven by this purpose and everything we do is centered around people – our consumers, our customers, healthcare professionals, and our employees – across the world.

We are building brands that serve 1bn consumers worldwide, so that they can live healthier, fuller lives. In order to do this better than anybody else, we aspire to become the most consumer-centric Fast Moving Consumer Healthcare Business. We want to be market shapers and achieve category leadership in the categories that we play in - delivered through strong global-local partnership. We are a people first business, placing consumers at the heart of everything we do through uncovering and activating deep consumer and shopper insights, for example.

As a top 3 global CHC player, we want to raise the bar in terms of our strategic and operational capabilities to enable sustainable, above-market growth. In order to achieve this, we need strong talents that will help us shape the future of CHC while sharing our core values of courage, teamwork, respect, and integrity.

We have recently announced an exciting 18-24 month journey to create a fully standalone CHC business (separating the Business Unit from our Pharma company heritage, processes etc.), as we target to create the best FAST MOVING CONSUMER HEALTHCARE company, which will require us to retain, attract and grow the best leaders in our industry.


  • The Research and Development Lead will be accountable for the end-to-end ideation to launch of innovation projects for Allergy brand Alesion & Pain brand Eve in Japan in close collaboration with Japan Brand & Innovation leads. The incumbent will act as the R&D representative of Allergy & Pain within Japan and support the strategic direction of the brand & innovation team & allocate resources in Japan to prioritized opportunities


  • Accountable to ideate, develop and deliver R&D pipeline for local brands to meet agreed innovation sales targets in line with brand strat plan

  • Accountable to deliver portfolio for brands balancing short, medium & long term R&D projects that utilize claims, NPD, clinicals and packaging innovation with sustainability

  • Accountable to ensure delivery of fewer, bigger innovation projects partnering with Brand and Innovation team to strengthen our projects through consumer based insights

  • Design and Deliver pipeline for local brands based on differentiated science

  • Strong partnership with IPM to ensure execution on time and in budget

  • Define R&D capability needed for future pipeline and propose to leadership team

  • Strong cross functional team work to ensure that innovation pipeline is delivered

  • Accountable to ensure that all base business protection projects for local brands are identified and prioritized based on risk

  • Ensure that a strong external technology network is being used to deliver & accelerate differentiated technology opportunities


  • Science Head for AMEA/China Regions; Japan Brand and Innovation Heads/Leads; technical development teams/New Product Development (NPD) centers; Portfolio & PM, M&S including EM; Packaging Innovation, Science Hub Japan, Medical, Regulatory, Quality, legal/IP



  • Degree in Science or Higher degree (Ph.D.) or relevant Academic qualification is desirable.

Required knowledge and/or experience

  • R&D experience (at least 10 years) in pharmaceutical, FMCG, consumer healthcare and/or Cosmetics industry is required

  • Experience in OTC drugs innovation and new product development (at least 5 years) is a significant plus

  • Strong science leader who can translate consumer insights into brand led pipelines

  • Experience of R&D with proven track record delivering innovation to brands

  • Experience in risk discussions and risk mitigation plans

  • Experience in developing integrated plans & budget for all innovation programs in the region (for all projects in his/her scope)

  • Experience in identifying and leveraging external partnerships, suppliers, providers, key opinion leaders, etc., to influence innovation for the Japan local brands

  • Experience in influencing and advising key stakeholders & the leadership team on industry trends and new opportunities for local brands

  • Experience in E2E innovation, together with Project Managers, from ideation to launch of the innov. pipeline

  • Familiar with the scope of innovations: BD opportunities, NPD, claims with significant impact that need clinicals, novel ingredients & formulation technologies, sustainable solutions

  • Knowledge and experience of understanding brand strategy, consumer insights, and translating consumer needs/problems into science solutions to build sustainable pipelines

  • Knowledge of Japanese drug, health Food and medical devices regulations

  • Ability to partner and influence across a matrix environment with strong communication skills

Language skills

  • Fluent spoken and written Japanese

  • Fluent spoken and written English

Cultural traits / P2W Behavior

  • Push to go beyond the level we have operated until now:
    constantly challenge the status quo focusing on the priorities that will deliver the best outcomes and letting go what won’t: be intolerant to mediocracy, believe we can and must do better and aim at higher but never at the expenses of our values and judgment

  • Put the interest of the organization ahead of own of those of his/her team :
    consider both short- and long-term impact of decisions ; puts collective and global goals above individual or local goals; share resources and capabilities with those with the greatest need and impact; enable decision making at appropriate level

  • Act in the interest of our patients and customers and consumers:
    actively engage with customers and consumers to know their current and future needs; brings an external perspective into decisions

  • Take action and don’t wait to be told what to do:
    take smart and informed best bets with the information at hand and anticipate the consequences of her/his actions; use personal judgement and others’ advice to make bold and impactful decisions which move us forward

  • Role model our 4 values: teamwork, integrity, respect, courage

Required Leadership Competencies

  • Business Acumen – Ability to effectively use economic, financial, market, stakeholder, and industry-specific indicators to fully understand and improve business results

  • Judgement- The ability to draw logical conclusions based on acquired information and analytical rigor in problem-solving, the ability to make effective decisions even when information is ambiguous or incomplete

  • Interpersonal relationships - treating others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect.

  • Personal Leadership - Personal leadership translates into courage, choice, and commitment through the pursuit of excellence, trust, and accountability. Ability to put patient, stakeholder, and organizational interests above personal interests

  • Drive -Takes the lead and initiates activities with a high degree of passion and commitment as well as the drive, desire and need to achieve challenging goals, to improve performance or to meet personal standards of excellence

  • Learning Agility – Ability to navigate first time/unfamiliar situations effectively by extrapolating from other areas of expertise and knowledge. Ability to continuously improve and develop self

At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.