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Senior Communications Manager - EMEA

Location: London, England.
Company Description:

Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global customer experience management (CXM) company that specialises in the delivery of unique, personalised customer experiences across platforms and devices. Merkle is part of dentsu and for more than 30 years, has partnered with Fortune 1000 companies to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. Our heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for our unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive customer experience transformation.

Our combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 9,600+ employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 50+ additional offices throughout the US, EMEA, and APAC

Job Description:

Our growing central Marketing team in EMEA is looking for an experienced Senior Comms Manager to lead our activity across the EMEA region.

This critical role will be internal and external facing, responsible for the management, facilitation and delivery and in some cases the development, of internal comms and PR across the region and the UK.

You will own the framework for all internal comms that are delivered to our business, whether they are developed by us or our parent company. You will ensure that the necessary process and governance is in place to ensure that our people receive relevant and timely comms and that anything we produce is managed to prevent email fatigue.

You will also own the relationship with our UK based external PR agency. You will be responsible for the execution of key organisational activity in the UK and centrally for the region, supported by our local marketing teams. This role is critical to ensuring our PR follows best practice, remains on message and aligns with our parent company’s approach.

This is a newly created role born out of company growth so offers an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and meticulously organised individual, with exceptional writing skills, who is looking to help shape the evolution of our strategy. This role will be based in the UK and your written English will be of an excellent standard.

Life as a Senior Communications Manager at Merkle

Internal Comms:

  • Lead an annual calendar of internal comms activity across our region, that also takes into account local market activity across our regions.
  • Lead and manage our UK internal comms calendar
  • Project manage all comms that come from our global headquarters in the US and our parent company to ensure they are delivered to the right audiences in a timely manner
  • Support the leadership teams in EMEA and the UK, on the development and writing of comms material to staff using our newsletter CMS.
  • Liaise with the marketing teams across all Merkle’s markets in EMEA, as well as our global internal comms leads and those at our parent company, dentsu, to ensure our comms are aligned from a messaging and calendar perspective

External marketing activity

  • Project manage our UK based PR agency and calendar predominantly on UK releases and key EMEA regional ones
  • Brief and edit press releases and other PR materials for the UK and EMEA
  • Lead our Agency of the Year and other League Table entries
  • Liaise with the equivalent PR leads at a UK and EMEA level with our parent company, dentsu and our US/global team at Merkle
  • Oversee best practice, governance and process for all PR activity across EMEA, with a focus on the UK
  • Guide and advise our Service Line marketing leads on all PR activity and manage the central calendar to ensure consistency and collaboration

A few of the benefits

Whether it’s the joy of working with people at the top of their game or the Merkle social calendar, people love working here – and we hope you will too

  • Career development through Merkle University and other tools; with access to courses, textbooks and mentorship
  • Private Medical Insurance, Company Pension, life insurance and other corporate benefits
  • A selection of other benefits including ability to buy additional holiday, season ticket loan and 2 volunteer days

Diversity & Inclusion

At Merkle, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment improves us as a community and as a business. We want to foster an environment of growth, where ideas and contributions are actively encouraged. We need this culture of courage to continue to thrive in our fast-paced industry.

We have created six Diversity and Inclusion Pillars. Each pillar is made up of a community of members who serve as role models and spread a message of inclusion throughout our global workplace. Pillar members are responsible for planning initiatives, events and training, along with championing change within our business. These pillars are Gender, Ethnicity, Mental Health, Religion, Disability, LGBT+.

Merkle is a place that embraces differences of opinion. To be an advocate for real change we really encourage applications from women, candidates with disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as we recognise that these groups are currently underrepresented in our marketing/technology industry.

Qualifications:
  • We anticipate the appropriate candidate will have circa 5+ experience in a comms role, with both internal and external experience
  • Experience of running a multi-market calendar of comms activity
  • Experience of internal stakeholder management within a matrix organisation 
  • You will be performance and data focused with a keen eye for creativity
  • Experience in working with global and regional teams and aligning messaging and calendars
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a clear understanding of content strategy and storytelling to support go-to-market messaging and PR narrative
  • Experience in collaborating with multiple markets including offshore support
  • Experience of managing external agencies taking a collaborative approach with your engagement
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects whilst remaining detail-focused and proactive
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work closely with very senior stakeholders with the ability to remain calm and professional under rapidly changing circumstances
  • Excellent commercial acumen and budget management experience
  • Must be a team player but also able to work with limited day-to-day supervision
  • Happy to travel as required across the region (when business is back to usual!)  
Additional Information:

At the point of application, the candidate must have the legal right to work in the UK as we are unable to sponsor visas as this time. Merkle does not discriminate against job applicants on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Experience stipulated in this job description serves as a guide only and all applications will be considered on their merits, irrespective of experience.

As part of our Diversity and Inclusion agenda, and as an Equal Opportunities employer, if you require reasonable adjustments during the selection process please engage directly with your Recruiter.

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