Business Communication Specialist
Toyota - Los Angeles, CA

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Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of more than 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers. Toyota directly employs more than 34,000 people in the U.S. and sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2012.

At Toyota, we're committed to the associates who are part of the Toyota team. We offer competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and exciting opportunities for career development. The TMS team is looking for diverse top-caliber associates who are committed to sustaining our success through continuous improvement and respect for the individual. In our pursuit of becoming the most respected and successful company in the U.S., we are looking for highly motivated applicants for our available positions.

Business Communications Specialist

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Play a leading role in supporting and executing TMS corporate communications messaging strategy with consideration of Toyota Motor Corporation's business objectives

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Build, manage and navigate relationships with internal clients; act as in-house PR counsel for TMS executives/associates; liaise among TMS national and global affiliates

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Serve as Toyota Division external spokesperson; prioritize and respond to business communications inquiries, which include, but are not limited to, sales, corporate and policy issues, non-automotive products, legal issues, dealer network, distribution, Toyota Logistics Services, port operations, Toyota Certified Used Vehicles, and legal, trade and diversity issues.

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Assist in establishing and maintaining strong media relationships with auto and business reporters (all mediums); identify and pitch positive company stories to trade and consumer broadcast, radio and print media outlets

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Coordinate interviews between media and TMS executives/associates; coordinate execs interviews for press preview days at tier 1 auto shows and manage schedule and logistics onsite

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Prepare related briefing materials

and coverage wraps

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Brief TMS executives/associates on related

issues and market trends

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Assist with delivery of monthly TMS sales results report out to targeted media

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Prepare related release, Q&A and other communications for internal/external distribution

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Plan and execute internal or external events when necessary

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Manage and maintain internal filing system with consideration of efficient and speedy information retrieval for media/sales data requests;

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Answer media line and field requests among PR colleagues according to subject matter

Requirements

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Exceptional verbal and written communications skills and a strong journalistic understanding

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Ability to

source data from multiple platforms, and thoughtfully summarize information

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Understanding and interest in macro issues, including, but not limited to, auto industry, business marketplace, economic and government regulation

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Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, either autonomously or with a team

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Strong attention to detail and organizational skills a must

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Candidates must be ambitious, adaptable and self-directed

Qualifications

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Minimum 5 years in-house or agency PR experience; strong working knowledge of PR discipline

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Media Relations experience with existing media relationships preferred

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Experience in the auto industry a plus

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Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, journalism or equivalent work experience a must

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Graduate degree in business, communications, public relations, journalism preferred

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Very strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel required

This is a Fixed 9/80 Position

Toyota is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, ancestry, religion, military or veteran status, or any other status protected by law. Toyota hires U.S. citizens, permanent residents, asylees, refugees, and temporary residents. Temporary residence status does not include individuals in non-immigrant status (H, B, L, or TN visas) or those with temporary work authorization, such as students in practical training status (F and J visas).

Toyota provides reasonable accommodations consistent with its legal obligations. Any applicant who, because of a disability or religion, needs reasonable accommodation or other assistance at any point in the application process, or thereafter if hired, should contact the Human Resources Department by sending an email to TalentLink_Admin@toyota.com.

Your application is covered by the Toyota Associate Dispute Resolution ("T-ADR") Policy. Please click

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to review a copy of the T-ADR Policy.

To applicants with a potential relocation:
This position is

NOT

eligible for TMS relocation benefits.

Due to the nationwide downturn in the housing market, relocation may have a significant financial impact on you, especially if you purchased your home in the last several years. Therefore, if you are an applicant considering a self-initiated move, you are strongly advised to consider your personal financial status in relation to the cost of relocation that you will be responsible for. If you own a home, you are strongly encouraged to consider the current value and its effect on a home purchase in the new location.

To assist you in thinking through the various issues related to a self-initiated and self-financed move, your recruiter will direct final candidates who own a home to our relocation vendor. Although TMS will not assist with the actual relocation, our intent is to make sure final candidates have explored the potential impact of this decision prior to acceptance of an offer.

Job

Public Relations/Communications

Primary Location

US-CA-Greater Los Angeles-Torrance

Organization

TMS - Toyota Motor Sales

Travel

Yes, 15% of the time

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