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Communications Manager - Paints amp Coatings

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Akzo Nobel N.V.

Chicago, IL

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Job Description
Job Description

The Communications Manager will be responsible for driving and managing AkzoNobel’s external reputation and public affairs in predominantly the US but also in Canadian markets. This includes building or leveraging existing relationships with key consumer, business, trade, innovation, sustainability and other relevant media outlets, developing proactive external communications strategies and providing communications counsel to local business leaders and operational sites in the US and Canada. The position will support external communications, including crisis communciations, for all Performance Coatings business units operating in the U.S. and Canada region, the positioning and profiling of senior executives located in the North American market and the global corporate communications agenda.  The Communications Manager will also be responsible for developing and implementing a social media strategy in the region leveraging the company’s existing social media channels.

The Communications Manager External Relations will also support the global Public Affairs strategy.

The role will be based in Chicago, IL, AkzoNobel’s North American regional headquarters. The role will report to the Head of Communications, Americas.

Job Requirements
Essential Responsibilities

An external communications expert with a strong and influential (traditional and non-traditional) media network and a proven track record of effective delivery of integrated, multi-channel external communications/PR programs and campaigns. Keys to success in this position are a hands-on and digital savvy communications professional who will focus on execution to drive awareness of AkzoNobel in the region. Position will require a team player who can prioritize, plan and coordinate multiple business demands in line with the defined external communication strategies.

Requirements (education or experience required to be able to perform this job)\\:

7-10 years’ experience in external communications, media relations, public affairs and social media 
University degree in communications, journalism or a related field, with exceptional writing and presentation skills
A strong and established network of (traditional and non-traditional) media contacts
Experience working in an international matrix organization
Previous experience managing media relations at a PR agency or in a corporate communications environment
Experience with complex communication issues, crisis communications and serving as a company spokesperson  
Experience managing external vendors including a PR agency
Knowledge of “news jacking” strategies and story mining
Understanding of market trends and the ability to translate these into communication opportunities
Proven ability to manage and implement both national and global external communications campaigns with a proven track record of digital campaign development and execution
Proactive attitude and comfortable working under pressure
Key Objectives and Accountabilities

Responsible for designing external communication strategies that drive AkzoNobel’s reputation with key stakeholders and are aligned to the overall company positioning
Protect and enhance the AkzoNobel brand through campaigns that support the overall reputation drivers
Conduct ongoing proactive media and stakeholder relations to build the reputation of AkzoNobel in the market
Act as an official press officer/spokesperson for the region (first point of contact) and act as the trusted communications advisor to the country leadership team
Support the global media team in day-to-day issues/topics, specifically with\\:

Preparing interviews for AkzoNobel executives and specialists who act as company spokespeople
Creation of holding statements, press releases and Q&As
Organizing media events in the region i.e. media briefings, media lunches, planning interviews, media trips, blogger/vlogger outreach etc.
Provide crisis and issues management support
Monitor and report progress against agreed external communications (traditional and non-traditional) targets and objectives as defined by the global media relations function and market objectives
In case of crisis, act as first line of contact for media and responsible for monitoring and analyzing (online and offline) press coverage

Company info

Akzo Nobel N.V.
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Company Profile
AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, we supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 47,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability, we are committed to making life more liveable and our cities more human.

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