United States, Stamford, CT, Corporate Communications

Manager, Media Relations and Sustainability

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The Manager is a leadership role on the Henkel North America (Henkel NA) Communication Team with responsibility for two significant areas of work that are critical pillars to building Henkel NA’s overall awareness and reputation, which is a priority focus of the North American executive team. Those two areas are: 1) Developing, implementing and managing annual strategic communication plans for Henkel’s Sustainability efforts in the region and, as well as those across all three business units (Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care, and Laundry and Home Care) and functions; 2) Leading the company’s Media Relations strategy and activities. In this capacity, the individual has responsibility for creating and managing plans, on behalf of the company and all its businesses and functions, both proactively and reactively, including in times of crisis, collaborating with key leaders across the businesses and with the global media relations team.


 Elevate and protect Henkel NA corporate reputation through effective communications and media relations:

  • Serves as Key Account Manager (KAM) for sustainability communication for Henkel North America, effectively partnering with the global sustainability management, communications and business teams, significantly amplifying the corporate sustainability story across the region for all three businesses
  • Develop and deploy best practices in media relations to various internal audiences at all levels and functions, to measurably upgrade Henkel’s sustainability reputation
  • Oversee development and implementation of NA media policy and conduct routine media training for executives as well as brand PR staff to improve overall media relations activities across the region
    Serve as media relations subject matter expert, providing messaging, monitoring and reporting support for crisis and issues management, in partnership with KAMs
  • Leverage and integrate key corporate messaging into media messaging and ensure key executives are trained in using the key messaging and local examples in press settings
  • Build relationships with key trade and local media across the region, partnering with Public Affairs and Supply Chain/ Operations communication for local press strategies at priority manufacturing site communities;  Effectively lead press engagement across business media and increase coverage of message house topics in targeted local trade and top tier media
  • Oversee media monitoring and analysis and provide regular summaries for NA Executive Team and other leaders to improve understanding of key industry news and trends as well as Henkel reputation and impact of its product brand communications on corporate perception
  • Assist with management of external agency partner media and sustainability relations scope and spend, support and direction
  • Develop and distribute press releases, develop media briefs, Q&A messaging, media fact sheets
  • Prepare leaders for press interactions and public relations activities including public speaking events, media-facing government affairs activities, press interviews
  • Serve as an integral part of the external communications team in the region, effectively partnering with colleagues to build, execute and continually refine external communications plan, as well as collaborating with internal communications team to ensure integration/alignment between internal & external communications
  • Establish strong working relationships with key cross-functional Sustainability stakeholders and global media relations colleagues


  • Bachelors in Communications or related discipline
  • Proven track record of increasing corporate reputation with measurable results
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of progressive and successful communication and media relations experience, including solid experience in sustainability communications, with established expertise in development of key media relations communications, such as press release, media messaging and pitch development
  • Established experience and expertise developing and managing all elements of media relations, including: strategy, planning, key message development, proactive outreach and reactive responding to reporters/editors, media training, and reporting
  • Minimum 3-5 years media agency management
  • Superior writing skills, strong analytical, negotiation, organization, prioritization, and presentation skills; general business management knowledge
  • Prior experience influencing and collaborating with global and cross-functional colleagues, at junior, mid and senior management level
  • Collaborative, team-player, comfortable in fast-paced environment, spanning different time zone
    Highly-organized, with demonstrated ability to multi-task effectively, be flexible to changing needs, and resilient under pressure
  • Proven ability to drive change, challenge the status-quo, and creatively deliver results within a global organization
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint, and preferably media and social media monitoring tools, and proven ability to leverage this knowledge to develop and effectively communicate presentations to various audience groups

The salary for this role is $85,000.00 - $115,000.00. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in Connecticut.  This salary range may also be modified in the future.

JOB ID: 22039277
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
Contact information for application-related questions: 1-866-836-7067
Health, Disability & Life Insurance
Health, Disability & Life Insurance Vacation / Paid Time Off
Vacation / Paid Time Off 401k Matching
401k Matching Flexible Work Policy
Flexible Work Policy Performance Bonus Incentives
Performance Bonus Incentives Paid Parental Leave & Childcare Benefits
Paid Parental Leave & Childcare Benefits Wellness Programs
Wellness Programs Tuition Reimbursement & Student Loan Aid
Tuition Reimbursement & Student Loan Aid International Career Opportunities
International Career Opportunities Employee Recognition Programs
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