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Regional Sales Director Sustainable Food Solutions - Japan, Korea and Taiwan

Job Category:  Sales
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Tokyo, JP

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  1721

Corbion develops sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations.



Corbion's Sustainable Food Solutions (SFS) develops functional ingredients which enhance shelf life, food safety, texture, flavour and overall performance of food stuff. What makes us special is that all our ingredient solutions are based on natural and sustainable resources. We closely collaborate with our customers in co-developing innovative solutions. We have multi-disciplinary approach towards innovation. This is how we contribute to reducing food waste and improving food safety.


As our  Regional Sales Director Sustainable Food Solutions Japan, Korea and Taiwan, you will build and lead a sales team in your region. With your team you take ownership of SFS existing business and develop new business and customers.

You report to the Regional Vice President SFS APAC in Singapore and Managing Director, Corbion Japan




  • Execute strategy in Japan, Taiwan and Korea aligned with global strategy. Closely cooperate with regional business development and supporting functions to improve customer satisfaction index. Formulate, manage and execute marketing and sales tactical plan to maintain and develop the current market share.
  • Achieve the sales targets aligned with global and regional SFS objectives and monitor the progress to meet the targets. Responsible for achieving target sales and profit at all accounts in the Food industry. Assure overall customer satisfaction with regards to quality, service and delivery.
  • Manage a sales team in both Japan, Taiwan and Korea. (Food – Sustainable Food Solutions, SFS).
    Build and manage a dedicated sales team to be compliant with local codes and Company rules / policies.
  • Manage the group to establish pricing, negotiate contracts, and provide sales & technical support to customers, prospects and distributors/agents and channel partners.  Set customer priorities and review inventory for specific customer orders; respond to questions regarding legislation, specifications, applications quality and formulation; resolve product specific issues around quality, pricing and invoicing.
  • Build strong customer relationship by Key Account Management skills and understand their needs.
  • Forming a strong team with product, marketing and regulatory functions to interface with customers and efficiently drive customer projects from technical feasibility to commercial feasibility and eventually deal closure.
  • Build/enhance networking with key industry stakeholders. Identify new business opportunities in Japan, Taiwan and Korea and feed the pipeline.
  • Share the information timely by reporting to the system (MS CRM) and to the direct manager.
  • Analyze market and competitor trends to identify new sales opportunities, formulate target markets, monitor competitor activity and develop and implement appropriate response strategies.
  • Review the (distribution) channel to market and establish efficient business model for sustainable business. Opportunity to revise and improve the business model in Japan.
  • Fully engaged by working as a team and stimulate each other.
  • Motivate and Coach staff




  • A seasoned sales director with focus on driving growth. Strong customer focus and result oriented.
  • Winning candidate possess a powerful combination of strategic and industry-specific skills. You integrate and analyze data fluidly, adapt quickly to changing situations and are upbeat, intuitive, solutions-oriented leaders.
  • 15 years’ experience in business to  business environment in the Food Ingredients industry with prior experience in technical sales.
  • Experience in managing a sales team, distributors and business partners.
  • Your educational achievements are in the field of Food Ingredients or you hold a degree in Food Science.
  • Recognized for ability to work across an organization and leading cross-functional, new business development projects.
  • Flexible and adaptable to change and passionate.
  • Excellent skills in networking with people and building business relationships. Proven effective interfacing with and influencing customers at all levels and functions.
  • Skilled in sales planning, prospecting, and closing business deals.
    Direct involvement in the complete technical sales cycle to include formal customer presentations, technical discussions, product trials, overcoming objections, negotiations and closing supply agreements/contracts.
  • Ability to understand and sell to customer needs.
  • Experience in the field of (natural) preservation within the Japanese food industry is a plus.
  • Computer Literacy – Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Outlook®; Project Management; CRM and forecasting systems/software.
  • Fluent in English and Japanese





About Corbion 

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2020, Corbion generated annual sales of € 986.5 million and has a workforce of over 2250 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information: www.corbion.com


Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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