Manager, External Communications: Social Impact & Global Affairs

Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Throughout the world, our flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® product brands are recognized for innovation and excellence.

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Position Details

Manager, External Communications: Social Impact & Global Affairs
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Rockwell Automation’s Global Public Affairs & External Communications team is seeking a manager for its global public affairs, external communications, and corporate social responsibility strategies to tell our digital transformation story. This person will support the Director of Global Public Affairs in the development, management, and implementation of Rockwell Automation’s external communications strategy domestically and international.

The ideal candidate will be a strong writer with a passion for telling stories at the nexus of people, technology and the future of automation. They should have established business media relationships in order to drive an aggressive media relations agenda aimed squarely at broadcast and top tier media outlet opportunities.

They will be responsible for executive positioning and thought leadership, and as such, should be comfortable writing for, coaching, editing and staffing senior leaders, and have just as much passion for technology as they do.

You must be committed to developing and amplifying our company’s point of view on key issues and create compelling communications across traditional and digital channels designed to achieve top-tier media, build relationships, influence clients and position us as the world’s most trusted automation and information company.

Are you the kind of person who does more than asked; can manage, strategize and organize up, down, and sideways? You must be just as comfortable talking with a business leader in China as your marketing colleague down the hall, or the CEO sitting upstairs from you, and you will be responsible for keeping them all driving towards the same communication goals.


  • Building and execute communications plans to help audiences better understand Rockwell Automation’s value and tell the company’s story.
  • Integrate strategy and vision into how we communicate with a deliberate drumbeat. Build compelling stories that will tell and amplify Rockwell’s digital transformation story.
  • Ensure message alignment and of strategic communications framework across HQ and global teams.
  • Craft brand reputation and risk mitigation plans and strategies.
  • Serve as a sounding board and trusted strategic advisor to director of global public affairs.
  • Manage Public Affairs and Public Relations strategy in global regions: Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe and Middle East.
  • Primary driver of the company’s purpose-driven corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting efforts and associated events.
  • Author and/or direct development of key communications materials such as newsletters, press releases, email announcements, online, intranet, video, special projects and other
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with top tier media in multiple markets and conduct proactive and reactive media engagement.
  • Development of content such as talking points, testimony, letters and other collateral for the CEO and senior leaders.
  • Develop and implement a robust thought leadership program.
  • Manage programmatic budgets and benchmarking.

Key Competencies:

  • Understanding of the company’s value proposition to customers, differentiation, and strategy.
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into clear, concise insights and points.
  • Painstaking attention to detail.
  • Polished presentation and credibility; ability to influence senior management.
  • Proven ability to bring consistency and discipline to processes and communications.
  • Ability to suggest new ideas and solutions, solve problems creatively.
  • Team player with ability to work across diverse, cross-office teams.
  • Ability to work autonomously and enjoy owning their work and has a strong sense of pride in producing outstanding results.
  • Interest in domestic and international public policy

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Legal authorization to work in the US is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.S. or B.A. in Communications, Journalism or English or related field
  • This position requires domestic and international travel.
  • Experience in a corporate in-house or agency setting.
  • Demonstrated history of exceptional written communications and a passion for creative storytelling.
  • Demonstrated focus on details and the ability to manage multiple, high-profile projects and deliverables (Required).
  • Editorial and project management experience.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, layout and design skills; previously published author highly desired. The ability to present concepts verbally is also essential.
  • Expert-level presentation development ability.

Rockwell Automation provides employees with a competitive base salary, annual bonus and a great overall benefit package including health, dental, vision, 401k and paid vacation. 

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