Public Affairs Director
Leading pharmaceutical company
International culture/ Great work-life balance
Leading healthcare company conducting research and manufacturing
Core Job Responsibilities
Storytelling: Deliver impactful external visibility for the company through storytelling. Results should center on Corporate / Enterprise stories, trend stories, business stories, brand stories and reputation building stories. Support Abbott by thoughtfully leveraging the unique offerings of the companies portfolio through strategic product communications.
Media Relationships: Cultivate, maintain and develop sound relationships with editors, media and other key external influencers to help build, enhance and protect the company's reputation and drive our business forward. Leverage editor and journalist relationships to proactively build awareness about the comapny and its offerings through Japanese media (and Japan correspondents in the US, other parts of Asia and Europe). Act as a company spokesperson for the company in Japan for Corporate and division responses, formulating appropriate messaging to support the companies image, brands and business.
Proactively Managing Issues: Effectively manage the companies public issues, either neutralizing/keeping the firm out of coverage, or ensuring the companies message is delivered in coverage when desired. Anticipate and identify potential issues and develop action plans to address them. Manage day-to-day crises and issues relating to the company and its businesses/brands across Japan. Ensure key contacts and key spokespeople in Japan understand when to engage Public Affairs as it relates to an issue.
Engaging Employees: Lead the ongoing enterprise-wide, employee communications. Provide support to raise the internal communications capability of leaders in Japan.
Minimum education is a Bachelor's degree in a related field.
Minimum 10 years' corporate communications/public relations experience. Multinational experience with a Healthcare, Pharma, food/FMCG company preferred.
Understanding of Japan market dynamics and U.S. business practices necessary.
Strong verbal and written communications skills required.
Fluency in English.
Proven record in managing media & editor relations; stakeholder relations; business, brand and corporate communications; and issues/crisis management in a collaboration-oriented environment.
Proven success in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment.
Excellent compensation in a very stable work environment