• Manager External Communications

    Abbott North Chicago, IL 60064

    Job #2425601782

  • Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

    Manager, External Communications

    About Abbott

    Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people's health. We're always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

    Working at Abbott

    At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You'll also have access to:

    • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of .

    • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO

    • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution

    • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save (~~~) student debt program and FreeU (~~~) education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor's degree.

    • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.

    • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

    The Opportunity

    We have a Manager, External Affairs position working out of our Abbott Park, IL location in the Public Affairs division.

    The Manager will play a pivotal role in helping formulate, execute and sustain an external communications strategy for Abbott that positions it as a leading global healthcare company. This position requires a strategic thinker, creative storyteller and excellent writer who has demonstrated the ability to develop compelling storylines and content. The right candidate will have relevant experience creating content for traditional, digital and social channels to reach and positively impact diverse external audiences including investors, consumers and the media. The role also requires an understanding and deep interest in the news business, media trends and have experience securing media placements and monitoring and measuring media results. The right candidate will also contribute to the strategy and execution of content generation for a number of the company's social channels and executive leaders.

    What You'll Work On

    • Position the company as a leading company and investment globally through proactive media relations, social and external communications.

    • Identify and create content across multiple channels to highlight Abbott's leadership and products.

    • Support efforts to cultivate strong relationships with media and social media influencers with a keen focus on financial and business media.

    • Help maintain and track relationships with business and financial news editors and reporters through thoughtful, strategic engagement - especially related to company strength, strategy, innovation and brand.

    • Enhance visibility of the company and protect company reputation.

    • Help prep Abbott leadership before interviews including contributing to key message development and positioning.

    • On-site management of media interviews and events.

    • A deep understanding and utilization of social media channels and engagement strategies.

    • Must be a strong teammate who:

    • Operates with principled leadership and sound business ethics, exercising the highest level of integrity.

    • Has an entrepreneurial mindset combined with an ability to navigate in a large, complex organization.

    • Takes a global view.

    • Treats others with respect - listens and cares.

    Position Accountability / Scope

    • Develops strategy and executes plans to write and produce content (multimedia - digital, social, video, etc.) about Corporate strategy and science/innovation with a keen understanding of the digital and social environment.

    • Experience with local, national and international business, with experience serving as a primary spokesperson on business/financial news.

    • Interfaces with various division and corporate constituencies, including government affairs, investor relations, legal, finance, marketing, regulatory, medical, clinical and senior management.

    • Demonstrates strong acumen to understand corporate businesses and divisional therapeutic areas, industry, competitive environment and stakeholder landscape with the ability to provide effective counsel to division management.

    • Oversees development of messages, media materials and other communications tools as well as digital and social media.

    • Helps to develop issues management plans and oversee execution of plans often acting as company spokesperson.

    • Develop strategic communications and competitive positioning for the company, with particular emphasis on competitive environment and marketplace.

    • Oversees PR agency management.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree required

    • 7+ years of experience in content development (journalism or multimedia)

    • Excellent writer and communicator who can organize, summarize, clarify and communicate ideas simply, succinctly and accurately.

    • Experienced user and creator of social media to drive awareness and engagement.

    • Experience in media relations, with a deep understanding of how to use external communications to enhance reputation.

    • Skilled at building stakeholder trust to enhance business reputation.

    • Able to achieve results while dealing with ambiguity and a rapid pace of change.

    • Demonstrated ability to use communications to drive business results.

    • Experience in strategic thinking and ability to develop and implement communications plans.

    • Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

    Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives: ~~~ (~~~)

    Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

    Connect with us at ~~~ , on Facebook at ~~~/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

    An Equal Opportunity Employer

    Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

    We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

    To request accommodation, please call ~~~ or email ~~~