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Senior Director Corporate Communications
Description:Opportunity: The Sr Director, Corporate Communications manages Sungard AS’s overall internal and external voice of the company including day-to-day public relations program, emphasizing the company’s continuing brand transformation and increased visibility for employees, customers, investors, industry analysts and media. This position plays a key role in the development and execution of external and internal communications strategy and initiatives. This position interacts directly with the senior leadership team reporting to the EVP of Sales & Marketing but dotted line responsibility to the CEO and leading a corporate communications governance team including the CFO for Investor Relations and governance and HR for executive communications. To be successful, this person must be a hands-on, experienced communicator, analytical, strategically minded, results-oriented, and able to manage competing priorities effectively. Ability to form strong relationships with the Leadership team, media and other outside audiences is critical. About You: You are a hardworking, competitive type that is driven to succeed. Self-starter with a reputation for being an effective change agent. Responsibilities: This person has full responsibility for how we use communications internally to motivate our employees, build our culture, and create a cohesive team. There is a direct responsibility to the CEO and HR including crafting Executive Management messages and helping design internal meetings and functions. This role also has responsibility for financial communications including supporting our public statements with the investor constituency working with the CFO and head on Investor Relations Expand the understanding of the organization’s business performance and strategy with key media outlets on both a national and local level. Support key brand strengths and mitigate perceived softer areas by taking the appropriate steps to influence the opinion of the media, industry analysts and customers/prospects. Align all internal and external communications and PR strategy coordinated with marketing efforts (e.g., media relations, social media, public affairs, internal and management communications). Help create a thought leadership program and further the visibility of AS by securing top speaking engagements/keynotes for Sungard executives and thought leaders at high-visibility events Gather, analyze and incorporate appropriate brand and industry research to ensure that communications and PR strategy and programs resonate with and motivate our stakeholders Manage all media relations, announcements, editorial placement, and executive level speaking opportunities on behalf of Sungard AS. Generate press opportunities for the company in the form of interviews with reporters, articles, social media opportunities etc. Manage all press releases, including new customer announcements, new service releases, strategic alliance news, etc. Develop and deliver press releases, white papers, fact sheets, scripts, and all other PR related supporting communication materials. Manage the Corporate Communications budget Requirements: Degree in Public Relations, Journalism or equivalent work experience preferred. 10+ years’ experience in Public Relations within the IT industry including Corporate Communications leadership role for a company Must have the ability to shape the strategy of our Corporate Communications program and our internal and external messaging platform Experience working with PR agencies and directly with the press Experience in working with large IT analyst firms – e.g., Gartner Research, Forrester Research. Must be “hands on” and able to meet aggressive deadlines Excellent writing skills, both print materials and web content with technical writing experience and the ability to effectively communicate complicated topics in easy to understand terms and representing the voice of the company Strong oral and written skills. Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management. Other: Sungard Availability Services offers a high growth environment with excellent compensation and immediate eligibility for our 401(k), health/dental insurance, educational assistance, and more. Sungard AS is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Ability to meet the physical demands of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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