Communications Manager
Kerry - Beloit, WI

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Working in partnership with the Global Vice President of Communications and Employee Engagement, as well as regional HR and Marketing Communications leads, Kerry’s Communications Manager will develop and execute strategic, integrated internal communications and community relations programs across Kerry’s operations, to include e-mail, print, intranet, video, webcasts, social media, face-to-face and other relevant communications vehicles, aligned with Kerry’s global growth strategies and business objectives. The Communications Manager is responsible for executing progressive employee communications and activities locally and nationally that have a direct impact on employee engagement, productivity and satisfaction across Kerry’s operations.

The Communications Manager is also responsible for acting as a business partner to support internal business lines in their communications needs, including creating strategic communication plans, writing, editing, coordinating, planning and execution of internal campaigns, events, and other activities. The job requires interaction with company officers and other senior executives, along with all Kerry employees, and requires a solid understanding of the regional and cultural differences among Kerry’s operations, in order to prepare communications appropriately.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities
• Provide counsel and support to functional teams, business lines and designated projects in executing Kerry employee communications programs
• Partner with the Kerry global communications network to drive employee communications and engagement and community relations best practices
• Provide support for all internal communications, executive communications, events, corporate sustainability and community relations
• Develop timely content, materials and web pages for and serve as a champion of the Kerry intranet, developing concepts to help enhance the site and increase employee usage
• Develop and manage communications to support organizational change initiatives
• Ensure consistent execution of company announcements, employee communications and community relations
• Develop and manage communications programs that increase the awareness and favorable image of the company among its current and prospective employees and the local community
• Develop an effective and efficient two-way communications pipeline between employees and management
• Manage internal communication channels, including Kerry’s intranet, newsletters, Executive Town Hall engagements, among others
• Develop programs designed to gauge and report on employee opinions and concerns and provide an open feedback mechanism to quantify results
• Support the management of the company's corporate giving and employee volunteer programs to ensure they support the company’s values, mission and strategic objectives in a consistent global manner
• Enhance the Kerry brand within the communities in which its employees live and work
• Represent the company at various community events
• Serve as a department contact for plant communications, quality and business continuity/incident management and communications activities
• Support other activities and projects managed by the Global Communications team as assigned/necessary
• Bachelor's Degree required, preferably in Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, English or related field
• 7-10 years of experience developing and executing employee/change management communications
• Ability to engage others at all levels of the organization, as well as externally; develop and maintain effective relationships; and promote a positive image for the company, its business and its employees
• Excellent change management experience
• Experience managing and using social media, corporate intranets and other communications technologies
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to simply communicate complex concepts in a compelling, concise and creative way to internal and external audiences
• Public speaking and event planning expertise
• Strong organization and time management skills; a self-started who can provide results with minimal supervision
• Secondary language skills a significant plus, but not required
• Ability to coach and provide direction to staff

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