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Monday, June 09, 2008

Select Comfort - Corporate Communications Manager

Company: Select Comfort

Position Title:
Corporate Communications Manager

Position Description:

This position will work closely with director to develop, manage and implement comprehensive strategies that build and protect corporate reputation; foster engagement, retention and productivity; and help attract top talent.

Major responsibilities include:

Corporate Communications
  • Support director in the development and implementation of strategic corporate communications plans

  • Help with the development of corporate key messages and proof points

  • Help author all materials surrounding quarterly and annual earnings announcements including news release, scripts, etc.

  • Provide strategic direction to corporate communications agency partners

  • Support the director in all business media outreach and response

  • Work with internal clients to support the development of IR-related documents including the company’s annual report

  • Help coordinate shareholder and analyst events
  • Crisis Communications and Issues Management
  • Back up director on all crisis communications and issues management situations
  • Employee Communications
  • With oversight from director, develop and implement annual employee communications plan

  • Responsible for the implementation of two-way communications vehicles

  • Spearhead consistency of all e-mail communication to employees

  • Coordinate all townhall and all-employee meetings

  • Help promote annual Employee Engagement Survey

  • Help additional internal clients promote key employee initiatives (e.g., human resource planning, etc.)

  • Devise tools to effectively measure engagement, productivity and retention
  • Community Relations
  • Responsible for the strategic direction, planning and implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community relations programs

  • Develop and implement annual CSR and community relations plan

  • Responsible for the planning and execution of all bed and accessory donations to RMHC and other charitable organizations

  • Oversee all coordination, volunteer efforts and media relations efforts associated with RMHC and charitable donations

  • Oversee employee volunteer programs

  • Responsible for allocation and tracking of annual donations budget

  • Disaster Relief

  • Develop and implement strategies for disaster relief efforts

  • Contact: Dalin Lappe

    Sunday, June 01, 2008

    Cooper Power Systems - Proposal/Technical Writer

    Cooper Industries, Ltd. is a global manufacturer, with 2007 revenues of $5.9 billion, approximately 87 percent of which are from electrical products. Incorporated in Bermuda with administrative headquarters in Houston, Cooper employs approximately 31,000 people and operates eight divisions: Cooper B-Line, Cooper Bussmann, Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Cooper Lighting, Cooper Safety, Cooper Power Systems, Cooper Wiring Devices and Cooper Tools Group. Cooper Connection provides a common marketing and selling platform for Cooper's sales to electrical distributors.

    Cooper Power Systems is the leading provider of electrical distribution solutions that deliver power to communities and industries worldwide. Our automation and integration products protect, connect, and improve the entire power system for better safety and more reliable energy delivery every day. Cooper Power Systems focuses on innovative, reliable electrical distribution solutions for medium- and high-voltage applications. Our products are engineered for substations, overhead, underground, and in-plant medium voltage distribution systems. Through our developments in automation and integration systems, our customers are able to improve system performance and meet the growing demands for electrical distribution.

    Cannon, acquired by Cooper in August 2006, provides systems used by many of the country’s largest utilities to manage peak load, improve system power factor and improve substation reliability. Cannon’s systems combine a revenue metering data model with fast, ubiquitous broadcast communications and real-time scanning and alarming. Cannon Technologies has field proven success in Demand Response, Distribution Automation and Energy Information. This position is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    The Proposal/Technical Writer will prepare proposals that feature customized software/hardware/system solutions for electric utilities along with the supporting technical specifications and presentations. The Proposal/Technical Writer will work closely with the Marketing team’s manager who manages the support for sales/proposals/projects – ensuring consistent solution/market messages/strategies and quality control on all documentation delivered to existing or potential clients.

  • Writing technical proposals and related business development documentation, meeting specific pre-determined deadlines.
  • Utilizing solution area proposal templates
  • Creating graphics (images, charts, diagrams) to illustrate concepts in proposals
  • Providing quality assurance for formatting content, spelling, punctuation, grammar, branding
  • Managing production, distribution, shipping/delivery, and archiving of documents
  • Assist in writing content for brochures, sell sheets, technical notes and other related collateral
  • Responsible for special projects as assigned, based on knowledge and skill level
  • Attend weekly proposal/project meetings.

    Expected deliverables will include, but will not be limited to, the following document examples:
  • Request for a Proposal (RFP)
  • Request for a Quote (RFQ)
  • Request for Information (RFI)
  • Environnemental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)
  • Demand Response Demographic Assessment
  • Product Brochure
  • Product Bulletin
  • Product Sheets
  • Product Presentations
  • Results
    Quality-assured documents prepared/created in accordance to Cooper/alliance branding and Chicago Manual of Style communication and punctuation guidelines. Results are measured by adherence to quality assurance guidelines, effective/timely customer management communications and project management.

    This position provides an entry point into a successful and growing career with Cooper Power Systems with potential opportunities for future career growth.

    Stephen B. Weinstein
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Cooper Power Systems
    1045 Hickory Street
    Pewaukee, WI 53072