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  • Posted: Nov 27, 2017
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the...
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    Corporate Communications

    Job description

    Job Summary

    Responsible for the development, implementation and management of a sustainable and progressive Corporate Communications strategy for SA & SSA - including Corporate, Internal and CSR communications. Must build & maintain media relationships with relevant media. Manage corporate communications activities & events (e.g. assembly plant openings, etc.). Represent Ford Motor Company in all community-related affairs and identify those areas where Ford Motor Company should be involved. Actively develop opportunities to drive good news and serve as a company spokesperson.

    Position Details:

    • Responsible for the development, implementation and management of a sustainable and progressive Corporate Communications strategy - including External, Internal and CSR communications
    • Responsible for managing issues and crises
    • Build new & cultivate current media relationships with trade, regional & business media
    • Effectively pitch and place stories to a wide variety of media
    • Develop Thought Leadership plans for key executives.
    • Manage corporate communications activities & events (e.g. plant openings, CSR events)
    • Be able to set up and manage events, press conferences, round table discussions and interviews
    • Work with key agencies and service providers
    • Create media statements, Q&A’s and brief executives/spokespeople according to the situation/interview or discussion.
    • Writing and editing of media releases, pitches, briefing documents
    • Actively develop opportunites to drive good news for all corporate related story's
    • Serve as a company spokesperson
    • Proactively develops and manages key contacts database (media, suppliers, NGOs, etc.) and ensures this is kept updated in a timely manner.
    • Manage relevant budgets
    • Develop & implement internal & external plant communications strategies
    • Responsible for internal publications, both print and online
    • Develop strategic initiatives in support of Corporate Social Responsibility programs, both locally and regionally, as they pertain to SA and SSA.
    • Work with the Ford Fund to implement sustainable programmes throughout the region of SA & SSA
    • Handle all requests for partnerships, donations, etc and motivate to the company those which should be considered as suitable possibilities.
    • Represent Ford Motor Company in all community-related affairs and identify those areas where Ford Motor Company should be involved
    • Team-oriented approach with a positive attitude necessary, as well as a can-do attitude and a sense of urgency in this rapidly changing environment.
    • Must know how to work with senior executives, especially offering advice and counsel.
    • Drives the company’s B-BBEE socio-economic initiatives, Identifying opportunities that support our efforts in the employment and self-employment channels.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    • Must be a confident communicator
    • Clear and concise communication skills
    • Strong understanding of the media environment
    • Ability to comfortably and credibly present to groups of people
    • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, layout and design skills
    • Excellent organizational, project management and planning skills
    • Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach
    • Good administrative skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to work cross functionally, within the regional landscape and globally
    • Strong inter-personal skills.
    • Proven project management experience is a must- experience in managing a budget
    • Strong understanding of how media work, including print, broadcast and online. Must be a media consumer as well.

    Qualifications & Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Marketing or Communications
    • 5 - 7 Years of Communications experience
    • Automotive experience is desired but not essential if the successful applicant can demonstrate a proven track record in public relations and a real interest in the auto industry.
    • Crisis management experience beneficial
    • Proven ability to create and execute a PR strategy or program

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Ford Middle East & Africa on www.linkedin.com to apply
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