Reston, VA

Bechtel, one of the most respected engineering, construction, and project-management companies in the world, is seeking a seasoned media relations professional to join its award-winning Global Corporate Affairs organization to lead the company’s global corporate media relations function.

This is the company’s senior media relations position, reporting to the principal vice president of Global Corporate Affairs. The successful candidate will work with a small team of Corporate Affairs peers and other senior managers to develop, execute, and measure a comprehensive, proactive media and communications strategy for the company Tier 1 media relationships are a prerequisite, along with the ability to work confidently at the executive level. The position does not have direct reports; however, the director serves as the lead in a matrix of business unit communicators and media specialists. The position is based in Reston, VA and will have a lead role in:

– Creating and executing a global media relations program
– Managing corporate-level media and communications by:
– working with senior management across all businesses and functions to develop, execute, and measure an integrated media and communications program;
– defining key messages and providing strategic thought, vision and leadership on marketing communications;
– managing the company’s relationships with external media relations firms, as required
– Building and maintaining constructive relationships with key media representatives

– Communicating about Bechtel to a variety of external audiences, including news and trade media as well as other stakeholders and key influencers
– Pitching Bechtel news items and scheduling and preparing subject-matter experts for media interviews
– Generating strategies and tactics to increase familiarity with Bechtel and support for its activities through all media channels including social and digital media. Strong and proven issues-management experience with the ability to anticipate issues and media concerns and prepare appropriate responses
– Supporting crisis communications
– Managing a media relations database and ensuring its continued development and use by communications professionals throughout the company
– Providing ongoing analysis of media activities, trends and outcomes for use in decision making

The position requires:

– Demonstrated media relations expertise and media contacts/relationships Outstanding news judgment
– Successful track record working in large, matrixed organizations
– Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based, matrix organization, across time zones and cultures, and within a community of communications and engineering and construction professionals
– Critical thinking skills and the ability to grasp complex matters quickly •Awareness of political, economic, technical and social issues and trends
– Outstanding writing and editorial skills, as he/she will draft and edit carefully crafted press releases, statements, op-ed articles, speeches, letters to the editor and briefing materials
– Fifteen years working in the media relations/communications fields or as a journalist, including at least five years in a leadership position
– BA in journalism, communications, or related field; MA in business, communications or a related field and second language skills are a plus

Must have the right to work in the United States without sponsorship

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected
veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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Job Posted: August 30, 2017