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Communications Specialist

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Our Fortune 500 client is seeking a Communications Specialist to join the Corporate Communications team. This position will dual report to the PR/External Communications Manager and a Communications Business Partner.

The specialist will provide 60% support to help build and protect the company’s reputation through external communications programs, including executive visibility and speaking engagements; thought leadership; financial communications; media relations; corporate reputation awards/rankings; social media; community relations and philanthropy; issues management and crisis communications; and corporate reputation event management. The specialist will provide 40% support to the functional communications business partners supporting internal leader and employee communications for finance, legal, global supply chain, engineering and sustainability, information technologies, and human resources.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Communications Materials Development
• Assist in editorial review for enterprise-wide external materials (news releases, byline articles, etc.)
• Assist in creation of presentations and speeches for executive visibility and thought leadership programs
• Write drafts and incorporate edits through the review process, including news releases, byline articles, media pitch materials, media background documents, briefing documents, scripts, presentations and Q&A’s

Project Management
• Develop leader communications milestone calendars for the company’s six enterprise functions
• Support the development and dissemination of milestone communications from business leaders to employees and other parties
• Support and monitor communication tools/channels (e.g., Sharepoint sites, mailboxes, blogs, newsletters, MyIR portal articles, recognition programs, etc.)
• Assist in organization and content management of the Annual Report and Sustainability Supplement projects
• Assist with Ingersoll Rand Foundation activities
• Assist in organization of logistics and executive briefing materials for corporate reputations events as needed, including investor days, community relations events and signature thought leadership events

Content Management
• Monitor Ingersoll Rand-owned communications channels and work with content owners across businesses to identify, create and make necessary changes to content that enhance corporate reputation, thought leadership and brand favorability
• Assist in maintenance of corporate content including corporate overview presentations and company fact sheets

Crisis and Issues Management
• Assist in identifying issues occurring in social media

Metrics Generation and Competitive Intelligence
• Track company’s social media presence across relevant sites and platforms
• Research and provide competitive intelligence benchmark data on best practices for a variety of communications disciplines

SKILLS • Must possess strong project management, problem solving, listening and written and oral communication skills • Must be able to work well with diverse groups, be a team player, possess analytical and “client service” skills, be an innovative thinker, and a self-starter • Must excel and thrive in fast-paced environments; global experience a plus • S/he will have the ability to manage project timelines and determine work flow effectively and appropriately • Computer proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel required EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE • Undergraduate degree or equivalent, preferably in communications, business management or marketing. • 5+ years directly related experience (i.e. public relations, employee communication, corporate philanthropy, financial communications), preferably for a Fortune 500 company with diverse product categories and customer segments • High technical proficiency

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