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Communications Manager

Communications Manager
Organization: BAE Systems
Location: Louisville, KY | Minneapolis, MN
Date Posted: 03/22/2024

Job Description
What’s it like to work with a company protecting what really matters? Remarkable.

We’re looking for a highly skilled media relations professional who is seeking an exciting opportunity to tell the story behind the combat systems we build for the U.S. Armed Forces and our international customers, and of the men and women at BAE Systems who build them. We’re looking for someone with proven ability in developing and maintaining relationships with the media, excellent storytelling, helping in the development of overall media and campaign strategies, and the use of digital and social media to reach a broad audience. In this Communications Manager role, you will help support our program teams and key executive leadership-level stakeholders on meeting business objectives through messaging, marketing, branding, tradeshows, and internal communications.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Support, develop, and oversee media strategies for some of the most iconic, mission capable combat systems in the world.
  • Maintain relationships with, and serve as a primary business contact to, the news media while training and preparing leaders for media engagements.
  • Help develop and execute communications plans in support of strategic business goals.
  • Develop and deliver communications assets including video scripts, marketing materials, and digital content.
  • Partner with key stakeholders to build and execute strategic communications campaigns for program pursuits.
  • Offer guidance by providing strategic direction and partner with leadership at all levels on appropriate external and internal communications strategies, tactics and execution to support the success of the business.
  • Lead responses during times of change – including crisis communications – and apply lessons learned following execution.
  • Use innovative approaches to tell the stories of our employees, our community, our customers, and our values.
  • Develop and lead cross-functional working groups with inspiration and ingenuity.
  • Serve as leadership’s go-to for crisis communications and timely projects.
  • Connect with employees and serve as their voice in the room during business discussions.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline such as Communications, Journalism, or English with six (6) years of relevant experience;
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and written communications skills;
  • Experience building collaborative relationships with diverse and geographically dispersed teams and stakeholders;
  • Proven ability to support media relations via prior experience in supporting either campaign strategy, digital/social media, or marketing at the local, specialized trade, and/or national level;
  • Knowledge of AP Style and corporate journalism;
  • Experience supporting internal communications;
  • This hybrid-friendly position requires the ability to support 2-3 days a week at either the Louisville, Kentucky site, or alternatively, the Minneapolis, Minnesota site;
  • Travel of up to ~10% required to support at industry trade shows, events, and meetings.

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills

  • A background in an automotive, technical, or manufacturing environment especially helpful for technical writing needs.
  • While this position doesn’t have direct reports, prior leadership experience a plus.

Pay Information
Full-Time Salary Range: $87700 – $149100

Please note: This range is based on our market pay structures. However, individual salaries are determined by a variety of factors including, but not limited to: business considerations, local market conditions, and internal equity, as well as candidate qualifications, such as skills, education, and experience.

Employee Benefits: At BAE Systems, we support our employees in all aspects of their life, including their health and financial well-being. Regular employees scheduled to work 20+ hours per week are offered: health, dental, and vision insurance; health savings accounts; a 401(k) savings plan; disability coverage; and life and accident insurance. We also have an employee assistance program, a legal plan, and other perks including discounts on things like home, auto, and pet insurance. Our leave programs include paid time off, paid holidays, as well as other types of leave, including paid parental, military, bereavement, and any applicable federal and state sick leave. Employees may participate in the company recognition program to receive monetary or non-monetary recognition awards. Other incentives may be available based on position level and/or job specifics.

About BAE Systems Platforms & Services
BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference.

The Platforms & Services (P&S) sector under BAE Systems, Inc does the big stuff: the armored combat vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, and naval ship repair…just to name a few. Our employees take pride in the work they do and why they do it. They are on the front lines every day, building our products to protect the lives of those who serve. We may be biased, but we think P&S does some of the coolest work around, and we think you will too.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
At BAE Systems, we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where employees are valued and feel like they belong. We are conscious of the need for all employees to see themselves reflected at every level of the company and know that in order to unlock the full potential of our workforce, everyone must feel confident being their best, most sincere self and be equipped to thrive. We provide impactful professional development experiences to our employees and invest in social impact partnerships to uplift communities and drive purposeful change. Here you will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, grow and belong.

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