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Corporate External Communications Manager

About PPD:
PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services. At PPD, we are passionate, deliberate, and driven by our purpose- to improve health!

About the Department:
Our colleagues in Corporate Communications are committed to excellence in advancing PPD's mission via strategic communications initiatives that connect the company to stakeholders across the world.

About the Position:
PPD's global corporate communications team is seeking an External Communications Manager. In this role, you are part of an extraordinary team, reporting to the senior director of external communications and leading strategic external communications programs in support of PPD's purpose and mission of helping customers deliver life-changing therapies to improve health. This highly collaborative individual works with multiple stakeholders to create and manage thought-leadership initiatives and to author and develop highly engaging written content for a variety of primarily external audiences, across corporate communications channels.

About our Culture, Career Advancement and Benefits:
At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. We offer continued career advancement opportunities, award winning training and benefits focused on the health and well-being of our employees.

Job Description:
  • Collaborate with business stakeholders and colleagues to develop and execute engaging thought-leadership programs
  • As member of news media relations team, contribute to strategy and execution of media plans, and create news releases, messaging documents, holding statements, FAQs and other media-related communications tools
  • Place PPD stories in key media targets and build sustained, productive relationships with key reporters and editors
  • Coordinate distribution of news releases via Business Wire and utilize media monitoring, evaluation and contact tools, including Meltwater
  • Help manage online newsroom, honors webpage, spokespersons list, media lists, results trackers, etc.
  • Own strategy development and execution of honors program, supporting business priorities, collaborating with business stakeholders to prepare nominations and related publicity materials.
  • Collaborate with internal communications, digital communications and marketing colleagues on extending external communications via internal and social media channels and corporate blog
  • Update content for corporate communications-owned sections of website
  • Perform other corporate communications duties as needed/assigned

Job Qualification:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree (preferably in communications, journalism, public relations or marketing) or equivalent and relevant formal academic / vocational qualification

Previous experience in corporate communications, public relations, marketing communications or related discipline that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 8+ years) or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

At least 2 years of direct experience is preferred in corporate communications, corporate positioning, media relations and/or integrated communications, and an understanding of social media and website writing

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong writing and editing skills are required, along with experience in applying AP Style; ability to write compelling content needing minimal editing
  • Ability to communicate effectively, using excellent oral and written communication skills, with a broad range of audiences, including medical, legal and highly specialized technical colleagues at all levels within the company and with media, customers, business partners, vendors, consultants and other external stakeholders
  • Ability to produce high-quality deliverables while proactively managing and prioritizing multiple deadline-driven projects in a collaborative, matrixed environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of products (primarily Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel)
  • Ability to identify opportunity and execute on areas for strategic improvement/change
  • Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment; strong business acumen and people skills
  • Strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively work with ambiguity and complexity
  • Demonstrated executive presence and strong presentation skills
  • Ability to influence at all levels of the organization
PPD values the health and well-being of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive. Below are listed the working environment and requirements for this role:
  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner.
  • Able to work upright and stationary for typical working hours.
  • Ability to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.
  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities.
  • May require minimal as-needed travel (under 10%)
PPD Defining Principles:

- We have a strong will to win - We earn our customer's trust - We are game changers - We do the right thing - We are one PPD

If you resonate with our defining principles and wish to help us accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world's most urgent health needs, then please submit your application - we'd love to hear from you.

Diversity Statement

PPD is proud to be an affirmative action employer that values diversity as a strength and fosters an environment of mutual respect. PPD is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or status within any other protected group.

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