Communications Specialist

Position Purpose
The Communications Specialist plans and executes a variety of proactive and reactive internal and external communications strategies and tactics related to Cargill's Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability priorities, partnerships and platforms. The role will also assist with general media relations for the company as needed. This role helps ensure Cargill's stories are portrayed accurately and in a manner that drives engagement with internal and external audiences. This role reports to Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Communications and will work closely with the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development team, Sustainability Hub, business and regional communications leaders and our Social and Digital team.
Principal Accountabilities
35% - Developing new communications tools and resources to tell our CR (Corporate responsibility) Sustainability story, preparing responses to NGO reports, developing media statements and talking points, scanning the CR SD landscape.
35% - Proactively developing and managing CR and Sustainability communications opportunities, engaging with regional Corporate Affairs teams, including customer, internal and external communications support.
20% - Proactive and reactive media relations support for the North American Regional Communications Leader. This includes media outreach, both proactive and reactive, press release editing, media monitoring and interview scheduling and prep.
10% - Other duties as assigned by the Sr. Director CR Coms. This may include, but not limited to, attending offsite CR-related meetings and seminars, participating/organizing employee-realted CR events, town halls, fact sheet development and customer communications, as needed.
This position is posted internally as well as externally.
Required Qualifications
BA or BS degree in relevant communications, business or related field
Five or more years communications experience in an agency or corporation (B2B or B2C)
Excellent written and oral communications skills ? clear, concise, creative and persuasive
Demonstrated passion for the critical issues of our time
Creative and strategic thinker with a demonstrated ability to effectively position an organization's point of view with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects under tight deadlines; excellent time and project management skills
Attention to detail and strong follow through
Demonstrated ability to adapt and succeed within a fast-paced, dynamic and challenging environment
Experience in writing content for news releases, media statements and employee communications
Strong team player in a cross-functional, global setting
Effective problem solver and self-starter
This role entails a large degree of interaction with media and may require being accessible outside of normal business hours.
Strong writing skills with a high aptitude for developing brand journalism style content.
Experience and high level of confidence in interacting with media, with proven results with accuracy and maintaining strong relationships with media.
Ability to translate complicated messaging into easy to understand language.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience with food, agriculture and/or trade issues
Experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability issues with a large, complex business, trade association or agency
Global experience
Advocacy through social media

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