Internal Communications Senior Specialist


Join us at BDO, where you will find more than a career, you’ll find a place where your work is impactful, and you are valued for your individuality. We offer flexibility and opportunities for advancement. Our culture is centered around making meaningful connections, approaching interactions with curiosity, and being true to yourself, all while making a positive difference in the world.

At BDO, our purpose of helping people thrive every day is at the heart of everything we do. Together, we are focused on delivering exceptional and sustainable outcomes and value for our people, our clients, and our communities. BDO is proud to be an ESOP company, reflecting a culture that puts people first, by sharing financially in our growth in value with our U.S. team. BDO professionals provide assurance, tax and advisory services for a diverse range of clients across the U.S. and in over 160 countries through our global organization.

BDO is the first large accounting and advisory organization to implement an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). A qualified retirement plan, the ESOP offers participants a stake in the firm’s success through beneficial ownership and a unique opportunity to enhance their financial well-being. The ESOP stands as a compelling addition to our comprehensive compensation and Total Rewards benefits* offerings. The annual allocation to the ESOP is fully funded by BDO through investments in company stock and grants employees the chance to grow their wealth over time as their shares vest and grow in value with the firm’s success, with no employee contributions.

We are committed to delivering exceptional experiences to middle market leaders by sharing insight-driven perspectives, helping companies take business as usual to better than usual. With industry knowledge and experience, a breadth and depth of resources, and unwavering commitment to quality, we pride ourselves on:

  • Welcoming diverse perspectives and understanding the experience of our professionals and clients 
  • Empowering team members to explore their full potential 
  • Our talented team who brings varying skills, knowledge and experience to proactively help our clients navigate an expanding array of complex challenges and opportunities 
  • Celebrating ingenuity and innovation to transform our business and help our clients transform theirs 
  • Focus on resilience and sustainability to positively impact our people, clients, and communities

Position Details

Internal Communications Senior Specialist
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Job Summary:

As an Internal Communications Senior Specialist, you will contribute to a variety of internal communication projects and efforts to assist in advancing the goals and strategies of the firm. In addition, this role may partner with a BDO business line to help develop and execute powerful communications that manage change, create engagement and drive a positive and productive organizational culture to help the practice achieve its vision and drive its transformation program.

Job Duties:

Firmwide communications:

  • Supports the development and execution of engaging communications plans that drive awareness of key firm initiatives and campaigns and inspire professionals to take action 
  • Researches and writes impactful and engaging content for internal news site and edits the work of team members 
  • Proactively identifies news across the firm by seeking opportunities to engage members of the BDO community 
  • Leverages a variety of communication channels, including but not limited to the intranet, email, an internal social media platform, voicemail and video 
  • Assists in promoting engagement and adoption of the firm’s various communication vehicles 
  • Brings innovative ideas to create or enhance internal communication channels and processes 
  • Contributes to and assists with other internal communication projects, as needed

Business line communications:

  • Utilizes change communications best practices to ensure a steady drumbeat of communications with a cohesive narrative, identifies and segments audiences with unique messaging, and delivers a multi-channel communications approach 
  • Works closely with business line teams to understand their needs, vision, goals and challenges, becoming a trusted advisor and valued resource 
  • Includes participating in key planning and status update meetings 
  • Supports the development and execution of strategic communications plans that promote engagement across individual areas of change but also work in concert to promote the business line’s vision and facilitate adoption of new processes, technologies and ways of working 
  • Develops communications, including but not limited to talking points, emails, voicemails, videos, presentations and internal collateral materials 
  • Leverages internal change champions at the local level by supporting them with actionable communications and resources 
  • Works with stakeholders to continuously assess progress made against goals and adjust strategy and plans accordingly 
  • Brings awareness to the changes and progress underway in the business line and connects them to the firm’s transformation efforts and other business lines, as applicable 
  • Promotes the successes of the business line across BDO 
  • Introduces new and updated services to educate professionals on all offerings 
  • Other duties as required


  • Bachelor’s degree required, major in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, English preferred


  • Four (4) or more years of strategic internal communications, journalism, marketing, or public relations experience required 
  • Prior experience working in a professional services environment, preferred


  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, required 
  • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint, preferred 
  • Knowledge of SharePoint and OneDrive, preferred

Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Exceptional project management skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an understanding of AP style guidelines; active listening skills; solid editing skills 
  • Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to producing high-quality work 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment 
  • Capacity to effectively manage evolving priorities, multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment 
  • Flexible and adaptable 
  • Knowledgeable about emerging communications trends and tactics 
  • Ability to take complex thoughts and synthesize them into clear and concise communications for a variety of audiences 
  • Experience with change management principles

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