Posted Dated: 09/19/2011
Business Unit: Corporate
Position Location: MN-Arden Hills-4001
Corporate Business Unit: Corporate encompasses the core operational support for all Land OLakes businesses. It includes Business Development Services, Corporate Market Strategy and Communications, Finance, Law, Human Resources, Information Technology and Public Affairs.
Position Purpose: The Communications Manager will be an experienced communications generalist with strong strategic planning, writing, issues management, media relations and project management skills. This position will also assist the department with other communications activities as needed, specifically corporate public relations, media relations and general corporate communications.
Content development - Assists in development of feature stories for growingtogether magazine, annual report, corporate social responsibility report and other publications. Writes and edits a variety of articles for corporate website and intranet. Assists with concepting and development of mutli-media/video stories for the corporate website. Serves as liaison and offers strategic communications counsel to business unit contacts related to significant business announcements and events
Media relations - Assists in development of media materials, media outreach, and pitching in support of corporate and Foundation initiatives, as well as business unit announcements and projects.
Executive communications support - Provides support related to the development of executive communications, including creating executive speeches and Powerpoint presentations.
General communications activities - Assists department with project management, development, writing and editing as necessary, particularly related to implementing communications plans around corporate or business unit initiatives. Part of team to implement department-wide projects (e.g., Annual Meeting).
Required (Basic) Experience & Education: Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism or related field required. A minimum of 5-7 years relevant work experience in communications, journalism, public relations. Demonstrated writing and editing expertise focused on producing clean, quality, AP-Style materials that deliver intended message. Varied publications experience including magazine and newsletter production, as well as online content development/ writing experience. Ability to independently manage projects, with a strong customer focus. Experience supervising outside vendors and agencies for assorted projects/initiatives. Computer knowledge - Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook). Desktop publishing - In Design, etc.
Required Competencies & Other Skills: Strong interpersonal communication skills to include both verbal and written skills. Results-oriented with the ability to work independently on a wide variety of projects and under deadline pressures while managing multiple, changing priorities. Demonstrate leadership skills with ability to develop strategic plans and follow through to execution, meeting pre-determined deadlines. Strong interest in and passion for writing and publications development. Strong project management and problem-solving/prioritization skills. Must be able to project a positive public image and professional demeanor and be comfortable interacting with all levels of people in the organization. A quick study on complex issues related to agriculture and food manufacturing industry. Ability to travel.
Preferred Experience & Education:
Preferred Competencies & Other Skills: Preference for prior agricultural orientation/experience. Prior Public Relations experience desired. Prior photography/design experience desired
Percentage of Travel: 5%
Land O'Lakes, Inc. offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement savings account, tuition reimbursement, PTO, paid holidays, and employee development opportunities. Land O'Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Land O'Lakes,Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.
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