• Posted: September 9, 2019
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Upfield is a global leader in plant-based nutrition with a great history and a portfolio of iconic brands that people have used and trusted for generations. This includes Flora, Rama, Becel, Blue Band, Country Crock, I Can�t Believe it�s not Butter and ProActiv.


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    Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications

    Your Role

    Ensure Upfield delivers its noble purpose and business strategy through the development and implementation of Upfield’s Corporate Affairs and Communications Strategy in Africa. You will use the levers of external communications, internal communications, issues management, policy, public affairs, public relations and sustainability to drive Upfield’s agenda and reputation. This role will include building external relationships with key stakeholders in Africa, such as NGOs, industry working groups, government and media, and Upfield Associates to deliver a supported strategy and initiatives that have internal and external advocacy.

     Main Responsibilities

    • Lead Corporate Affairs and Communications Strategy for Africa Based on the purpose of Upfield and business strategy of Upfield Africa recommend the strategy for managing key priority topics that enables the company to protect and grow the business and brands in Africa plus contribute to a positive reputation for Upfield globally.
    • Policy and Communications: Develop and implement, in collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders’, policies and communications that are needed to drive the African business.
    • Issues and Crisis Management: Ensure issues and crisis management practices and processes are in place in Africa to manage the business and brand reputation proactively.
    • Design and implement change management communications: Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to deliver change management communications for the organization.
    • Public Affairs: Be Upfield African’s chief lobbyist on issues that matter to the business and ensure compliance with relevant legislation and policies. This includes government and non-government organizations.
    • Public relations: Lead the development of PR plans in Africa in collaboration with the Marketing team, R&D, Legal and external stakeholders. Ensure measurement programs are in place for continuous improvement.
    • Develop implementation plans and scorecards to monitor performance: Ensure that commitments and policies regarding corporate affairs topics are implemented throughout the organization in collaboration with key stakeholders. Anticipate deviations and proactively resolve. Escalate topics that may negatively impact reputation of business or brands.
    • Collaborate with cross functional teams in marketing, procurement, manufacturing and supply chain, global corporate affairs and internal/external communications colleagues to ensure Africa policies and communications meet business goals, anticipate stakeholder opinions and are coordinated with other activities.
    • Develop relationships with relevant Africa external government, industry organisations and non-government organisations on sustainability topics of mutual interest.
    • Official media spokesperson for Upfield Africa. 

    Skills and Experience

    • Degree in Communication, Public Relations, Journalism or Marketing
    • Minimum 5 years experience in a similar role in a multinational company
    • Excellent communications skills (verbal and written)
    • Excellent influencing and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact with a proven record of success negotiating complex partnerships
    • Experience in building strong relationships with corporations, governments, partners, and all levels of staff
    • Experience as a project manager in diverse, multinational, virtual teams with ability to inform strategy decision making
    • Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Upfield on upfield.com to apply
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