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External Communications Specialist Media Relations

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BAE Systems plc

Burlington, MA

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Job Description BAE Systems is excited to have an immediate opportunity to add an External Communications Specialist to our team. The successful candidate will be a key member of the Communications team in BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems (ES) sector, responsible for the planning and execution of external communications strategies, programs, and tactics. This role will focus on media relations responsibilities including promoting the company’s culture and expertise in support of our larger branding campaign. The External Communications Specialist will report to the Manager of Media Relations and will be based at our location on desirable District Avenue in Burlington, Massachusetts.Responsibilities: Develop and execute strategic, comprehensive, and measurable external communication programs in support of brand management, corporate strategy, and business and growth objectives. Understand BAE Systems’ strategic direction, including the Company’s priority programs and captures, the respective competitive environment, knowledge of key customers and industry issues. Build and nurture trusted relationships with key technology, business and regional news media. Leverage these relationships to generate positive articles and third-party support demonstrating BAE Systems’ competitive discriminators and value propositions.Partner with multiple stakeholders including Marketing, Government Relations and Community Investment in order to position BAE Systems as a market and thought leader and maximize positive exposure and achieve brand and product awareness, including representing the company at trade shows, exhibitions and special events.Monitor the competitive environment in order to proactively identify trends and potential issues for sector, campaign and communications leaders and teams. Recommend and support solutions.Represent the sector as a spokesperson on public issues that affect the company and the competitive environment in which we operate. Manage reputation risk and oversee crisis communications as necessary.Contribute to enhancing the company’s presence on social media platforms.Demonstrate alignment with the sector’s cultural principles and model safe and ethical behavior.Ensure compliance with appropriate Company policies and procedures.Travel is required and may be up to 15%.Typical Education & Experience Bachelor's Degree and 12 years work experience or equivalent experienceRequired Skills and Education B.S. degree in Communications, Journalism, English, Marketing or related field plus at least 12 years of related external communications experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience).Superior writing, proofreading and copyediting skills.A demonstrated track record of developing and executing successful external communication programs and driving business growth and concrete results.Strong media relations skills, including the ability to find and tell a compelling story to reporters.Deep understanding and appreciation of social/digital media.Experience communicating externally during a crisis.Ability to simultaneously initiate, prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.Proficiency in all MS Office programs.About BAE Systems Electronic Systems BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services.The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; geospatial imagery intelligence products and systems; mission management; and power-and energy-management systems. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression

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BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company employing around 88,200 people worldwide. Our wide-ranging products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services.

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