Business Partnerships Communications Manager

Job Description
You don't see it, but it's there. Our employees work on the world's most advanced electronics - from saving emissions in the City of Lights to powering the Mars Rover to protecting the F-35 fighter jet. At Electronic Systems, you'll be among the brightest minds, working on the aerospace and defense industry's most difficult problems. Drawing strength from our differences, we're innovating for the future. And you can, too. Our flexible work environment provides you a chance to change the world without giving up your personal life. We put our customers first - exemplified by our missions: "We Protect Those Who Protect Us®" and "We Innovate For Those Who Move The World TM ." Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come build your career with BAE Systems.

The Business Partnerships Communications manager will lead a team of geographically dispersed employees responsible for telling the story of our next-generation defense and commercial technologies. She or he must develop knowledge of the sector's products, technology, culture and employee base. The position is a highly visible presence within the company with a vital role in executing an integrated communications strategy across the business areas within BAE Systems' Electronic Systems sector. A trusted consultant to senior leadership, the business partnerships communications manager must collaborate with the rest of the Executive Communications team. They must also continuously implement communications best practices across the group.

This individual will:
  • Work with business area communications business partners to develop measurable communication plans for key technologies in support of the brand, strategy and business and growth objectives.
  • Work with Head of Executive Communications and business area communications business partners to develop executive communications strategies for the business area's vice president and general managers.
  • Partner with stakeholders across the Communications function to position BAE Systems as a market leader, maximize positive exposure, achieve brand and product awareness, increase trust in leadership and strengthen employee engagement.
  • Provide strategic communications counsel and guidance to senior leadership.
  • Ensure a coordinated communications approach amplifying our voice across all channels (media, marketing, executive and digital).
  • Manage, mentor, develop and retain talent. Take action and make decisions regarding personnel matters. Ensure the team is aligned and collaborating to deliver maximum impact.
  • Develop, maintain and report out on metrics to demonstrate investment impact.
  • Collaborate with other sectors or headquarters teams on strategic campaigns.
  • Monitor the competitive environment to proactively identify trends and potential issues for sector, campaign and communications leaders and teams. Recommend and support solutions.
  • Enhance the brand - ensuring adherence to corporate branding and identity guidelines.
  • Demonstrate alignment with the sector's cultural principles and model safe and ethical behavior.
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate Company policies and procedures.

Required Skills and Education
  • Demonstrated project management and leadership abilities.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong relationship-building and negotiation skills.
  • Established business acumen.
  • Demonstrated track record of leading enterprise-level communications programs.
  • In-depth knowledge of modern communications tactics, media, procedures and concepts.
  • Must be a team builder, networker and motivator.
  • Ability to initiate, prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • B.S. degree in Communications, Journalism, English, or Marketing and at least 8 years of experience in a communications discipline (or equivalent combination of education and experience).

Preferred Skills and Education
  • Defense or high-tech industry experience preferred.

About BAE Systems Electronic Systems
BAE Systems Electronic Systems is the global innovator behind game-changing defense and commercial electronics. Exploiting every electron, we push the limits of what is possible, giving our customers the edge and our employees opportunities to change the world. Our products and capabilities can be found everywhere - from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. At our core are more than 14,000 highly talented Electronic Systems employees with the brightest minds in the industry, we make an impact - for our customers and the communities we serve.