Associate Communications Manager

Starting salary will be based on experience and credentials

Chicago, IL, United States

Description

The Associate Communications Manager will manage daily media relations and support major initiatives to create awareness, interest, excitement and true understanding of Dyson, its ethos, its products, and its future in the US. They will ensure that all Dyson stories and opportunities are maximized in an effective and efficient way. 

Market Overview

Dyson is a global technology company. Using a desire to make things work better as a catalyst for invention, our team of 3,000 engineers and scientists are passionate about developing technology that solves the problems others often ignore. From the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner, to hand dryers that use 420mph sheets of air to remove moisture from hands, to a completely re-thought hair dryer with its motor in the handle, we are relentless about engineering better solutions. Dyson spends $8.8million a week on research and development and works with more than 40 universities worldwide to develop early-stage technologies.

Dyson launched in the US in 2002, with the DC07 vacuum cleaner. Within 2 years, it was market share leader. Now, the US team is nearly 1,000 strong, with offices in Chicago, IL; Aurora, IL; San Francisco, CA; and Dyson people around the entire country. And we are still growing. Dyson US is poised to double its footprint, and take on new categories. Already a target for our competitors, challenging times are ahead. And our battle-hungry US team is fired up.

Function Overview

The global communications team is responsible for Public Relations, Public Affairs, Internal Communications and the James Dyson Foundation - James Dyson's engineering education charity. It works hand in hand with the digital team, shepherding Dyson’s presence online and on social media. In short, it holds the key to Dyson’s image and reputation externally and internally –seizing every chance to tell the Dyson story.

Accountabilities

Develop, execute and support communications strategies to share Dyson news and elevate Dyson’s reputation externally.

  • Work with Communications Manager to set media launch strategies for key products, campaigns, and partnerships that propel Dyson’s reputation forward
  • Daily pitching to the media and securing regular positive coverage — about Dyson technology, the benefits of Dyson machines, the James Dyson Foundation, timely events and cultural moments, and more
  • Manage inbound media inquiries, route requests to the appropriate people, and provide recommendations for how to proceed
  • Help develop plans for non-traditional PR work, including social media, influencers, events, placement opportunities, and more — ultimately working to raise awareness in key places and among key people
  • Support Communications Managers on initiatives across all categories: Personal Care, Environmental Control, Floorcare, Professional, and Internal Communications
  • Write thorough creative briefs to request help and materials for projects and launches, and keep the team organized as we execute on those plans
  • Recommend new areas and angles to stimulate more awareness of Dyson, its technology, and its philosophies in the US
  • Partner with the Communications Specialist in monitoring, collating, recording and communicating press coverage
  • Bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the team and our ways of working!

Support Dyson’s high communication standards internally:

  • Support in the planning and execution of internal technology launches, annual budget presentations, monthly company meetings, annual holiday parties, and other company happenings
  • Aid in drafting important company-wide communications, including executive emails, internal newsletter articles, and other formats, as needed
  • Contribute content for global communications channels

Be a good colleague — effectively communicate and collaborate with other departments within Dyson to ensure maximum impact.

  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with internal partners in marketing and sales to ensure effective collaboration and sharing of Communications plans with key stakeholders across the business.
  • Be the local expert, spotting trends and sharing new ideas and opportunities with the Americas and global PR team.
  • Be an active part of our global communications team – share best practices and new ideas, keep an eye on what’s working in other markets and how we can translate their successes to the US, and more.

Skills

  •  3-5 years PR experience required (in house or agency)
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or a related discipline
  • Media relations. An up-to-date understanding of US media (print, broadcast and online) is essential, as is a proven ability to develop and directly pitch stories. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Able to write concise, engaging and informative copy. Can use a variety of written and oral communication methods to ensure recommendations are understood and considered.
  • Experience in managing projects from start to finish
  • Internal communications, social media, and/or influencer relations experience is a bonus
  • Storytelling. You love to tell rich, engaging stories and have a knack for identifying what will resonate with specific people and audiences.
  • Project management, organizational, and time management skills. We move fast and do a lot of things at Dyson! The ability to balance multiple projects, campaigns and other duties – while making deadlines – is essential.
  • Team work and collaboration. Able to build and maintain effective working relationships and work cooperatively with others as part of a team.
  • Proactive and a doer. While working with others is a vital part of the role, we also need to be able to work autonomously and take the initiative to identify work that needs to be done and ways to support the team.
  • Creativity. Demonstrates imagination, creativity and divergent thinking and applies these skills when solving problems.
  • Passion. You have a passion for and deep understanding/appreciation of media, technology, beauty and health. And, of course, Dyson.

Benefits Overview

Dyson US monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries, holidays and retirement plans. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy profit-related bonuses and life and disability cover. But financial rewards are just the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to fueling and realizing ambition.

Dyson is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with Dyson and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please send an e-mail with your contact information, the job number of the position for which you are interested in applying, and the nature of your request to careers.us@dyson.com or call (312) 706-2260. Determinations of requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

Posted: 8-Jan-2018