Principal Internal Communications Specialist


About Medtronic:

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives. Help us shape the future.

Position Details

Principal Internal Communications Specialist
Twin Cities Metro
Minneapolis, MN

Careers that Change Lives.

The Principal Internal Communications Specialist is a part of the Employee and Change Communications Center of Excellence (COE) within Corporate Internal Communications. This position plays a critical role in partnering with and supporting the Global Quality Function Communications business partners on delivering internal communications planning and execution. He/She will help advance and transform our work, support internal storytelling and provide expertise on internal communications tools, techniques and best practices.

This person will partner with the Internal Communications team and the Global Quality function to deliver content strategy, digital planning, message development, execution, and stakeholder alignment. This role is also responsible for ensuring consistency of on-brand messaging across internal communications channels, as well as enabling a data-driven strategy that drives our approach and enhancements.

This role reports to the Director, Employee and Change Communications COE.

We seek out and hire a diverse workforce at every level: We need fresh ideas and inclusive insights to continue to be an innovative industry leader — that’s why we make it a point to seek out, attract and develop employees who are patient-centric, passionate, and who represent the same wide variety of life experiences as our patients.

This role can be based near any of our marquee locations including in Boulder, CO, Mansfield, MA, North Haven, CT, Irvine, CA, Memphis, TN or Minneapolis, MN.

A Day in the Life:

Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

  • Support Global Quality function in planning and executing key internal and change management initiatives 
  • Supports the corporate internal communications plans and, in some cases, responsible for specific elements of execution 
  • Handles the creation and implementation of multiple forms of internal strategic communication activities, programs and content guided by the Medtronic Mission and overall business strategy 
  • Leads strategies, produces content, and organize events to help align the organization's goals in support of greater employee engagement and business impact 
  • Edits and publishes stories, leader messages and other content in accordance with our content strategy 
  • Raise risks and concerns as necessary

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of corporate communications, public relations or internal communications experience, or advanced degree with+ 5 years of experience

Nice to Have:

  • Healthcare industry experience preferred 
  • Prior Medtronic experience 
  • Experience with or working knowledge of programs and applications such as PowerPoint, Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and various desktop publishing 
  • Experience working in a highly matrixed organization 
  • Excellent verbal, writing, editing and organizational skills 
  • Unwavering attention to detail 
  • Willingness to learn and implement the Medtronic brand voice in communications 
  • Effective collaboration with colleagues, teammates as directed; possess sense of teamwork. Superb people skills – must be comfortable working with colleagues both in person and remotely, across time zones and geographic regions 
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple tasks 
  • Accuracy, accountability, and strong organizational skills are essential to a successful performance

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