Corporate Communications Manager


Graco manufactures and markets premium equipment to move, measure, control, dispense and spray a wide variety of fluid and powder materials. What does that mean? Well, we pump peanut butter into your jar, and the oil in your car. We glue the soles of your shoes, the glass in your windows and the screen on your phone. We spray the finish on your vehicle, coatings on your pills, the paint on your house and texture on your walls. Graco is part of your daily life.

Consistently acknowledged as a Best Workplace in Manufacturing and Production by Fortune Magazine, Graco provides the benefits of operating as a billion-dollar global corporation while still retaining a collaborative small-company culture. We believe big ideas can come from anywhere or anyone, and we invest back into our employees through frequent career advancement opportunities, stock purchase incentives, a competitive salary and an industry-leading benefits package.

Position Details

Corporate Communications Manager
Twin Cities Metro
Minneapolis, MN


To lead and manage a centralized global communications function responsible for communications (internal and external), public relations, press relations and corporate events. The role provides strategic collaborative communications leadership, planning and execution management across functional areas, divisions and regions.

Essential qualities for success in this position include a collaborative nature, uncompromising eye for quality, exceptional writing skills, strong interpersonal skills, superior organizational skills, program management skills, resourcefulness, the flexibility to adapt effectively and quickly to changing priorities, and a willingness to dive in and execute on plans.


  • Create a best-in-class internal and external global communications infrastructure including strategies, structure, key messages, branding identity, and communications standards and policies for targeted audiences. 
  • Develop, manage and ensure the successful delivery of a variety of high-profile internal and external and executive communications programs to include CEO communications, the Village intranet, the Graco internet and multimedia tools. 
  • Provide oversight for the development, implementation and management of global internal and executive communications initiatives that enhance and promote the company brand so that employees are fully informed, engaged and aligned with business goals and strategies. 
  • Manage and reinforce the organization’s corporate global brands and reputation through consistent messaging. 
  • Provide leadership for the Branding Board to ensure execution against the Branding Board charter. 
  • Enhance visibility and leadership image of internal clients, the CEO and other executives with their target audiences via strategic use of print, online, audio and video, including the production of CEO global messages. 
  • Develop and execute an integrated public relations program comprising media relations and case histories. 
  • Work with divisional and regional marketing communications leads to create a virtual communications organization that ensures alignment and effective collaboration across divisions and regions and a consistency of messaging across the organization. 
  • Stay abreast of industry research and trends in the area of social media and marketing to provide advice and expertise to Graco’s leadership. 
  • Lead project planning, resource allocation and execution of deliverables for programs to support company communications strategy. 
  • Manage projects concurrently, identifying and elevating resource constraints, roadblocks and deliverables and developing recommendations to supplement the team with other internal and external resources. 
  • Mentor team members and manage performance, coaching and overall project planning. 
  • Develop standards and processes to increase efficiency of the team and leaders. 

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by most people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and requirements.



  • B.A. degree in communications, public relations or related field. Graduate degree preferred.


  • 8+ years’ progressive experience in communications 
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing strategies to manage sensitive, complex issues with internal and external stakeholders


  • Senior leader and project manager experience with a proven track record of delivering superior communications programs, initiatives and results 
  • Proven success in working collaboratively with multifunctional teams on multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Outstanding communication skills (oral, written, presentation, meeting design formats) to set the gold standard for internal communications 
  • An extremely high level of energy, sense of urgency and decisiveness, along with sound problem-solving and negotiating skills

Power to Be

At Graco, the Power to Be means providing the support, resources and freedom to pave your own way. Bring your unique attributes to the table, along with a commitment to being your best self, and you can be a part of a culture that rewards effort, celebrates uniqueness, and gives you the tools you need to succeed and become your best, fullest self along the way. Our culture empowers employees to chart their own career path. Our managers provide support and opportunities while offering freedom for employees to find their own Power to Be. Whether you decide to move up within the same department or expand to another cross-functional group, you will gain the well-rounded experience to succeed on your own terms.

Graco has excellent opportunities available to individuals who want to be part of a fast-moving, growing company that is committed to quality, innovation and solving fluid handling problems for our customers. Graco is proud to be named a Best Place to Work by Fortune Magazine in 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2021. Graco offers attractive compensation, benefits and career development opportunities. Graco’s comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, stock purchase plan, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more.

Proven Quality. Leading Technology. Launch your career with Graco!

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