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Communications Specialist, Media Relations and Issues Response

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Job ID 125001 Date posted 06/11/2021 Location : Mechelen, Belgium | Schiphol, Netherlands

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s food ingredients and bio-industrial business, where we anticipate trends around taste, nutrition and safety to innovate and provide solutions to manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies.

Job Purpose and Impact

Using AP style, the Media Relations Specialist will independently write media responses, press releases and pitches to bring business strategies to external audiences through trade and country media in EMEA. In this role, you'll compile results to demonstrate progress toward measurable objectives. You will need to be familiar with audience assessment, insights-driven communications and media relations standard methodologies. You should be familiar with crises and issues management. The media relations specialist will be responsible for developing relationships with tier two and three media outlets and colleagues across communications, within businesses and marketing in order to execute consistent external communications on behalf of Cargill.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop country and trade media strategy in alignment with the global enterprise and group communications strategies to advance business objectives and drive effective communications.
  • Advise regional leaders to optimally communicate with critical internal and external partners.
  • Drive teamwork among coordinated teams to build and implement essential communications.
  • Serve on issues management response teams, alongside government relations, corporate responsibility and other global functions, to handle Cargill's reputation and license to operate.
  • Use global communications tools, templates and processes to facilitate coordinated communications across Cargill.
  • Independently solve moderately complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience in Communications, Business or a related field,
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Existing relationships with media outlets

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to translate complicated messaging into easily understood language
  • Familiarity with farming, animal nutrition, and food topics and issues
  • Ability to navigate complex issues and matrixed environments and drive projects to successful completion
  • Minimum four years of essential communications or related experience
  • Experience working on crisis teams

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world. 
Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today.
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