Previously disadvantaged candidates will be given preference.
A leading South African Financial Services Group is on the lookout for a passionate Senior Manager of Group External Communications to be based at either their Cape Town or Johannesburg offices. This exciting role sits at the hub of the Group’s operations that serves as the “glue” that keeps the Group together by providing strategic direction and support to all divisions assisting them in meeting their business objectives. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining a top notch external communications strategy across the Group.
Please note that only candidates who have previous experience working with a listed multinational organisation within the financial services industry will be considered. Such a marvelous opportunity, not to be missed!
Develop an external communications strategy aligned to the Group Communications strategy
Develop and maintain appropriate external communications policies and procedures to ensure consistency and alignment of external communications across the Group
Develop and implement an action plan as per the external communications strategy
Close working relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders
Monitor and evaluate the impact of the External Communications strategy on the brand’s reputation
Media monitoring and analysis
Develop and implement media and relevant stakeholder relations strategies, including management of external communications projects.
Effectively manage media liaison
Execute the Crisis Communications and Reputation management strategies as required
Knowledge management, including documenting case studies and best practice as well as alignment of external communications across the Group
Writing (media releases, speeches, etc) and editing
Manage External Communications budget
Team leadership: Manage the external communications team, resources and service providers; Timely submission of management reports
Requirements The successful candidate must have/be:
Bachelor’s degree/Diploma in Journalism, Communication or Media Studies with Journalism, Communication Science and/or Media studies as major subjects.
Minimum of 10 years’ experience in External Communication of which 5 years should be on a Senior Management level, preferably in a Multi-National organisation
At least three years’ Journalism, Marketing/Corporate Communications or writing experience
Experience working in a Corporate Communications, Public/Corporate Affairs and/or Stakeholder Relations environment
Existing network with the South African media, government and other stakeholders
Proven experience in Reputation and/or Perception Management
Understanding of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility issues and how they might be leveraged to the benefit of the brand and reputation an advantage
Proven experience in crisis communication
Proven managerial skills
Experience in drafting a strategy for external communication environment
Writing, editing, photography skills
Journalism/Media, Corporate Communications and Public Relations experience
Strong knowledge of and relationships with the media industry in South Africa, especially financial media
Knowledge of and previous work with the media in the rest of Africa and internationally an advantage
Media monitoring and measurement systems knowledge
An understanding of basic financial and economic concepts
Social Media management skills
Publishing suites (WordPress, etc.) knowledge – intermediate to advanced
MS Office suite skills – intermediate to advanced
Knowledge of internal communication
Good at building partnerships
Communication: Strong writing skills, proficient in English and other languages relevant to the Group (French/Portuguese/Afrikaans) – an advantage
Planning and organising skills
Ability to work independently
Should you not receive a response within one week, please consider your application unsuccessful.
Viv Gordon Placements (VGP) is a specialist recruitment agency in the advertising, marketing, media, public relations and publishing industries.
Posted on 13 Feb 07:26
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