Job Title: Senior Public Relations Manager to Director, Corporate Communications, a new position
Company: NASDAQ traded, our client builds total-delivery solutions for voice, data and video content servers for service providers both in the US and abroad.
Location: East Bay, San Francisco Area
Reports to Vice President, Marketing
Prepared by Judith Cushman, Retained Executive Search, Contact in confidence: firstname.lastname@example.org; 425 392 8660
Our client, a NASDAQ company, is dedicated to building total-delivery solutions for voice, data and video content services for service providers both in the US and abroad. The company designs, manufactures and markets telecommunications/network equipment worldwide. Its products allow network operators to deliver the newest telecommunication services over existing networks. In addition, it simultaneously allows these network operators to retool for converged packet-base voice (VoIP) data and video (IPTV) over copper or fiber access lines.
In 2005 the company experienced record growth, with revenues at 152 million, an increase of 56% from the previous year. Since its founding in 1999, the company has followed an aggressive acquisition strategy.
The Senior Public Relations Manager/Director of Corporate Communications will step into a new role with the company as the marketing department continues to grow in response to the company's growth. This is the most senior Public Relations position within the organization. It reports to the Vice President, Marketing who, in turn, reports to the CEO and Chairman (one individual.)
Goals have been established and a general outline of responsibilities has been spelled out. Since this is a new position, there is flexibility to consider high-achieving candidates at either the Senior Public Relations Manager level ready to step up to the Director level, or a Director with a track record of contributing in a role that is both a strategic and "hands on."
The head of Corporate Communications will work closely with Investor Relations (under the CFO) and the Marcom Director. Initially s/he will be a single contributor, winning the confidence of the leadership team by executing at both the tactical and strategic level.
It will be essential for incumbent to strategize, plan and set objectives for the corporate communications function and demonstrate the ability to execute to that plan. S/he will be an excellent self-manager, disciplined in setting priorities and winning support from senior management for successful execution based upon the goals s/he has set. Excellent upward communication skills are required.
Areas of Responsibility include the following:
Media Relations for the Trade, Business and Financial Publications and other outlets
Financial Media Relations, such as key financial presentations and, contribution to the annual report (working closely with the newly hired head of the Investor Relations department)
Trade Show activities with presentations by key executives (executed in conjunction with the Marcom Group)
(Industry) analyst relations
Developing a Brand Strategy including the program to launch a company-wide initiative
Thought Leadership activities, such as articles, op eds, and participation in industry-wide forums
International Public Relations liaison (over 40% of revenues come from abroad)
Web Site content contributor and monitoring the site for appropriate corporate communications messaging
Experience/Skills/Personal Characteristics most desired are:
Minimum 10-years PR experience with demonstrated leadership and strategic capabilities;
High Tech, Business to Business experience is essential
Knowledge of the telecommunications industry is a definite advantage
High Energy and willing to "get the job done" with enthusiasm, whatever is needed.
Hands on doer, effective self-manager, able to prioritize, remain focused and demonstrate results
Flexibility to shift gears quickly as major company events impact communications activities
Emphasis on getting the job done, with the confidence that recognition and greater opportunity will follow excellent performance
Comfortable working in a fast-paced, flat organization
Stretch potential to grow into a broader role as the company expands
Experience and/or interest in international operations
Fluency in a second language is helpful
Team Player, collaborator, yet capable of effectively working on her/his own
A "business thinker" with the ability to connect communications programs with marketing and company objectives
Compensation: Flexibility regarding the level of the incumbent affords a broad range, approximately from $110k-$140k base salary with stock options, bonus potential and excellent benefits. A relocation program is available if needed.