Thursday, June 30, 2011

DIR OF INTERNAL COMM - Global Operations - Mid Atlantic Region

This diversified medical technology group has been a world leader in its industry for years. The company’s global infrastructure continues to expand and currently has distribution channels, purchasing agents and buying entities in over 90 countries, generating annual sales of $4 Billion.  The company has a track record of bringing innovative new products to market that provide better clinical outcomes for patients and save costs for healthcare providers.

The Director of Internal Communications for Global Operations is responsible for creating and and executing communication strategies in support of the company’s 3000+ employees in the Global Operations, which is the central organization for the company’s manufacturing, distribution, procurement and supply chain related functions. 

The Director of Internal Communication will further align Global Operations communication plans and messaging with the overall business goals to engage employees in Company-wide strategy and initiatives.

The position reports to the Vice President, Human Resources, with a dotted line to Group Director of Internal Communication, and will work very closely with the Sr. Vice President of Operations by providing communication counsel, planning and execution of global internal communications strategy.

We are looking for someone with excellent project management skills, strong presentation and writing skills, who is able to take new ideas and carry them through to final conclusion.  We need a good knowledge of video, audio production, print and design as they are used within a manufacturing environment.  We need an enthusiastic person with great organizational skills and the ability to motivate and influence others.  Exposure to different cultures and global initiatives is very important as well as experience working within a Lean manufacturing or TQM environment.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Director of Corporate Communications - Northeast

This company is a world leader in consumer goods.  The company is located in the Northeast.

The Director of Corporate Communications has prime responsibility to proactively support internal communications and external awareness raising of the brand, particularly among Generation X and Y.  It also includes crisis and issue management . This is a hands on role requiring strategic thinking, fast drafting, multi-tasking, focus and exceptional relationship building abilities.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

• Creates a variety of internal communications (employee presentations, announcements, newsletters and other collateral materials)
• Serves as a key advisor to senior management on internal communications issues, employee engagement, including the planning and executing of quarterly town hall  meetings, senior leader briefings, employee events.
• Intranet/internet design, development and maintenance.
• Some external relations on brand issues and community related topics
• Training and coaching of senior management

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

• Must have at least 8 years communications experience some of which has been spent in a CPG environment
• Must be a college graduate, preferably with an MBA.
• Highly familiar with social media in addition to traditional PR; internal communication
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
• Proven track record in communication consulting to senior levels (client or management)
• Proven experience in crisis communications, situation assessment, response strategies
• Highly effective interpersonal skills including ability to navigate smoothly within a global matrix organization, developing relationships internally and with external partners.
• Must be resilient and willing to argue your corner on your professional experience
• Intranet development experience
• Proven ability in budget management
• Power Point and Excel proficiency
• Must be a resourceful, self starter with proven leadership skills, project management skills and influencing skills

PREFERRED SKILLS

• MBA preferred
• Professional experience with either a fast moving consumer goods company or a Consumer Healthcare company as a client of in-house is an important plus.
• Not for profit experience (board membership or other)
• Fast delivery of communication materials; good design eye

Contact Sandy@charet.com

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Market Intelligence Director (IR) - NYC

A key member of this firm's New York practice team, the Market Intelligence Director will be responsible for planning and executing marketing strategies for the firm’s clients based in the U.S. and China.

The candidate will cultivate a broad network of institutional investor and analyst contacts and must demonstrate a solid track record of building such relationships on Wall Street. The candidate must have a strong working knowledge of corporate finance and the capital markets and must be able to articulate and market the merits of an investment story to the appropriate audiences.

Functions and Responsibilities:
• Buy‐side and sell‐side targeting, outreach and relationship building
• Roadshow planning, targeting and fulfillment
• Perception studies and feedback reporting
• Conference targeting, coordination and hosting
• Data analysis and reporting on sell‐side research, industry trends, market movements, peer monitoring
• Client counsel and relationship development
• Earnings and business development support through targeting and research

Requirements:
• College degree and minimum 5 years relevant experience
• Strong working knowledge of corporate finance and the capital markets
• Working knowledge of BigDough and Thomson Reuters/First Call
• Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint proficiency
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, time management and attention to detail

Contact Sandy@charet.com for more details on the position.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What's wrong with the PR industry?

Some say nothing. Some say everything. We're taking the easy way out and saying that there are good things we should continue doing and bad things that need to end.

In the dirty wake of Whispergate, most PR pros got caught defending themselves or their profession, especially from large media powerhouses.

The Economist, as the people over at Marx Communications noted, is an excellent case in point.

Within the PR world, it's easy to blame one or two journalist interlopers for negative spin, but the truth is, PR controversy happens all the time (see Weinergate) and there's got to be something that we in PR can do about it.

Maybe the solution is to keep on keeping on. If you have a successful track record, satisfied customers and a massive, thriving network, the answer may be to continue to flourish as you have been.

As Danny Brown points out, there are idiots in every industry, and PR has not magically attracted every moron from the four corners of the globe.

Gini Dietrich takes a more proactive stance in changing the idea that PR is a necessary evil:

"The time is ripe for us to begin to make change; for us to begin to change that perception. It’s time for us to shift the mindset that PR is an expense and help business leaders understand we are an investment."

"In order to do that, though, we must get out of our comfort boxes and learn some new skills: Some skills most marketers already have."

We here at Charet are currently reading up on SEO and getting back to our roots with some tried and true writing tips, among many other things.

What are you doing to keep your edge?

Account executive for financial/corporate PR - NYC

Work with one of the finest corporate/financial PR and investor relations firms in the country.

The right person for this role is someone who is passionate about strategic corporate communications and wants work in an environment where they will participate in exciting, strategic, high profile PR work.

The firm brings clients a strong understanding of capital markets and is therefore able to counsel C-suite executives on corporate communications issues and crisis.

Clients cover a wide range of industries and corporate strategies may address various stakeholders such as employees, investors, media, industry experts and political decision makers. Programs help to shape clients’ core positioning, achieving their strategic objectives.

This Account Executive will become an integral part of the organization, working on strategic programs for high profile clients. Tremendous learning opportunity and the opportunity to build a career in an organization which respects and rewards talent and initiative.

Contact sandy@charet.com with your resume for more information.

Friday, June 17, 2011

VP/SVP financial services - NYC

This company is a mid sized boutique PR firm in NYC which is consistently ranked one of the "10 Best Small Agencies to Work For" by the Holmes Report.

This firm is consistently ranked in the top 3 Charet & Associates best clients to work for, too! A favorite of mine because of how smart and nice everyone is, and how clear it is to me every time we work together that they really care about who they hire: they want to ensure that it's a good fit and that the person will be happy and advance in their career.

The firm enjoys tremendous stability among its senior staff, and it is very unusual for a senior level position to be open here, which makes it a great opportunity.

We are looking for a VP (or Senior VP) to oversee the financial services group. This group has a core of long standing clients, several of which have been with the firm for many years. One client in particular is one of the top in its industry, and has been with the company for 12 years.

We are looking for someone with excellent writing skills, excellent relationship building skills, and who is a very good, detailed thinker. Since the firm is so dedicated to creating a great working environment for its employees, a great mentor would also be required so that junior staff in the group continue to be challenged and grow in their careers.

We are looking for someone with about ten years of experience working with financial services clients large and small. We would like to see candidates who have a track record of keeping their clients consistently satisfied.

In exchange for these great skills we're seeking, the firm offers a generous salary and great benefits, as well as a work life balance that is not found very often in the busy PR agency world. Please call me if interested at 201 894 5197 or email me at sandy@charet.com.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Are Hand Written Notes Too Old Fashioned?

Are hand written notes so old fashioned that they're absolutely "out"?

Today I wanted to send a thank you note to someone for interviewing me for his blog.  Although he has a broad digital footprint, I couldn't find an actual address anywhere!

It got me thinking... is it so 'out' that people think it's weird?

I remember a year or two ago, one of my daughters came into my office and looked at a note I was writing to someone that was up on the monitor.  "PERHAPS"???!! she shrieked.  "Nobody says "perhaps" anymore" and she left, shaking her head.   I have since stricken the word from my vocabulary.  Is it time to strike out the written thank you note?