Media Relations & Public Affairs Manager UK & Ireland - London/Oxford

Recruiter
Intuitive Surgical
Location
Lambeth
Posted
15 May 2019
Closes
19 May 2019
Sector
Healthcare
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Joining
Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to
benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical
invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.Primary Function of Position:As a member of
the Global Public Affairs team, the Media Relations & Public Affairs Manager
is responsible for contributing to all facets of the team’s mission to protect
and promote the company. The primary focus of the role is to develop and
execute a strategic media relations program for our business in the United
Kingdom & Ireland, including: disseminating the corporate narrative while
pursuing a proactive positive media strategy and associated coverage; serving
as a company media contact; working cross functionally with subject matter
experts in the United Kingdom & Ireland, across Europe and corporate
headquarters in the US; triaging media inquiries; drafting talking points,
media statements, press releases and other press materials; working closely
with media relations counterparts around the world to proactively share best
practices and reactively manage crisis communications; and driving consistency
of media messaging and positioning. The role is also responsible for supporting
other related public affairs work in the United Kingdom & Ireland,
particularly the Government Affairs
strategy, as well as 3rd-party advocacy and engagement with other stakeholder
audiences, as needed.Roles
and Responsibilities:This
position will support the advancement of the Global Public Affairs team, which
includes the following responsibilities: Media
RelationsExecute a comprehensive media relations and public affairs strategy together with, and as part of, the Global Public Affairs team. Contribute to the development and implementation of GPA strategies in United Kingdom & Ireland.Triage day-to-day media inquiries and respond accordingly.Manage the day-to-day relationship with our UK&I media relations/PR agency, under the direction of GPA leadership. Draft media statements and other materials to respond to media inquiries and manage the associated internal approval processes.Develop key media relationships; proactively pitch stories.Provide media counsel and training to internal spokespeople, including executives, as required Ensure consistency of corporate messaging and positioning within the UK&I market, while tailoring responses as appropriate to address. Mine proactive story-telling opportunities within the UK&I market and pitch accordingly.Develop strong relationships with marketing, legal, compliance, investor relations, clinical and sales management teams to ensure alignment.Attend surgical/medical/and other stakeholder conferences – as required – to provide media relations support.Work, and engage, with customers, advocacy groups and other stakeholders to contribute to, develop or implement communications strategies and/or materials.Draft materials required to help communicate the company’s policy positions and/or in support of the UK&I government affairs strategy as needed, in conjunction with the Director of Government Affairs. Excellent organizational skills,
attention to detail and demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects
and deadlines.Excellent communication skills,
especially ability to express key points quickly, clearly and concisely in
written documents, PowerPoint presentations and verbally. Ability to work independently yet
in coordination with GPA team members in different countries.Responsive and focused on
executing high-quality material quickly in a fast-paced environment.Required
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:Minimum 7-10 years’ experience in media relations or
public relations.Previous experience in a
healthcare company: medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech; or a
similarly regulated industry strongly preferred.Previous experience working for a
US or foreign-based global company.Experience educating colleagues about best practices
in media relations under the rubric of a Global Public Affairs function in
order to build trust and credibility.Demonstrated experience effectively working with
print, broadcast and on-line/digital media.Experience working in a global corporate environment.Demonstrated superior writing and
editing skills; including but not limited to: press releases, media plans,
statements, and related materials; presentations and clinical and policy
communications. Deadline oriented and able to work effectively under
pressure to meet media requests.Flexible, calm and experienced in providing strategic
counsel during time-sensitive situations.Willing to contribute to projects that fall outside
of core responsibilities, as needed.Able to execute effectively in a fast-paced
environment.Self-starter who is able to manage day-to-day
operations while remaining in constant contact with direct Supervisor.Interested in or experience in the medical device,
healthcare or technology sectors.Degree from an accredited university or college.Preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:Previous experience working within
a corporate matrixed environment.Understanding key healthcare
industry issues and trends.Experience in policy
communications.

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