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Sr. Manager, External Communications

Date: May 12, 2022

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

In your role as Sr. Manager, External Communications, you will be managing and executing Brand and Company priorities that advance the communication strategy for GPN in the Americas region. Reporting to the Sr. Director, Communications, PR and Consumer Affairs, you will work collaboratively with our Brands, Global Corporate Affairs, Sustainability, Diversity Equity and inclusion and Internal Communications teams to drive high-impactful strategies and campaigns and ensure they are executed with excellence. In this role, you will manage the external PR agency and vendor partners that support the communications function. You will also develop strategic communication plans and provide counsel and support to leadership as needed with external speaking opportunities.  This is an individual contributor role, based out of our Downers Grove, IL office.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Translate corporate and group strategies into compelling region communications plans and storytelling.
  • Design and manages external communications activation calendar.
  • Act as lead strategic communications partner for brands, sales, sustainability and DE&I.
  • Manage PR agency activities to ensure brand and corporate reputation PR plans that align to GPN’s business growth strategy.
  • Manage PR budget and oversees measurement /reporting of program and campaign effectiveness.
  • Counsel agencies and external channel owners on strategy and corporate messaging.
  • Lead engagement, planning and management of external employee social amplification platform.
  • Collaborate with social media managers to ensure consistent brand and corporate messaging.
  • Identify and support award submissions, surveys and executive speaking engagements.
  • Draft press releases, key messaging, Q&A documents, etc.
  • Identify and assess brand and region reputational risks, in partnership with Consumer Affairs and Global Corporate Communications.

Education and Experience:

  • 4-Year/bachelor degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or related field with an understanding of communications principles and practices.
  • Master’s degree in communications and or integrated marketing communications (IMC) a plus.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in communications role. Food and/or health and wellness industry experience preferred.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, including both advanced written and oral communications. Fluent in AP style.
  • Strong project-management skills, including the ability to meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple priorities.
  • Detail oriented and able to execute flawlessly on projects in a fast-paced, often pressured environment.
  • Able to work independently, as well as effectively with internal teams across the organization and external vendor partners. 
  • Possess a positive, can-do attitude and provide responsive client service.
  • Have absolute ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion, and possess a high level of accuracy with information.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office applications.

At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

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