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HR Communications Specialist in Wayzata, MN at APEX Systems

Date Posted: 3/15/2019

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Job Description

Job #:  941752

HR Communications – Total Rewards

Wayzata, MN


Duration: Contract through Nov 30th

Hours: M-F 40 hours a week must be flexible on hours



Position Purpose

  • Within this dynamic, fast-paced environment, we are looking for a seasoned communications leader who will use his or her extensive understanding of modern communications practices to develop and implement communication programs for the company’s Total Rewards Center of Expertise.
  • This person will have a track record of success with developing compelling narratives; preparing shareholder, board of directors, Executive Team and leadership presentations; and stakeholder communications. They will possess excellent writing skills, visual communications capabilities, and deep experience in digital and traditional communications channels. Significant and relevant communications leadership experience in Total Rewards, compensation and benefits programs at large organizations is a requirement for this role. This person will work closely with, support, and align on communications priorities with the Total Rewards COE leader and sit on their leadership team and be expected to proactively identify communications opportunities and deliver well-conceived counsel and recommendations to the Total Rewards COE leader.
  • The Total Rewards Communications Leader also will be a member of the HR communications team, working directly with and reporting to the Global HR Communications Leader to improve quality, drive efficiency, increase effectiveness, enable change, and deliver value to HR that enables HR to deliver value to the company. This person will possess a continuous improvement mindset, decisiveness and gravitas with leaders, and they will enjoy collaboration, be comfortable with data and metrics, and fully engage as a member of a high-performing team. This is an individual contributor role that is highly collaborative within the HR Communications team.
  • The Total Rewards Communications Leader will be part of the company’s Corporate Affairs job family and collaborate across the CA job family in addition to their many relationships and contacts within HR.




70% - Total Rewards Communications

  • Delivers communications leadership, strategies and flawless execution to the Total Reward Center of Expertise Leader and sits on the TR COE Leadership Team.
  • Within the Total Rewards and HR space, understands shareholder, board of directors and Executive Team priorities and proactively makes recommendations to the Total Rewards COE Leader on communications opportunities to those stakeholders.
  • Enables successful delivery of shareholder, board of directors and Executive Team requests by creating flawless communications regarding Total Rewards strategy and benefits and compensation programs.
  • Develops highly effective and engaging communications strategies and possesses strong executional capabilities to effectively implement those strategies.
  • Manages the communications narrative and message framework for Total Rewards, evolving and communicating the vision real-time as the business strategy evolves.
  • Possess significant understanding of Total Rewards philosophies, trends, strategies, and programs to counsel senior leaders on effective communications strategies and programs, and then delivers against those programs to audiences ranging from shareholders, the board of directors, Executive Team, HR Leadership Team, and employees.
  • Proactively identifies opportunities to advance global employee awareness and appreciation of Total Rewards programs and services as a valuable part of overall compensation. Develops communications strategies and makes recommendations to programs to advance employee understanding.
  • Has experience in change management communications and can develop strategies and execute programs that enable changes in corporate and department priorities.
  • Outstanding writing ability, demonstrated experience in constructing board-level presentations and pre-reads, digital communications experience, and significant capabilities in visual communications are critical.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and high-performing environment, comfort with and capability to work in ambiguity and with minimal direction. Can anticipate Total Rewards Leader needs and proactively meet them.


30% - HR Communications Team/Corporate Affairs Team

  • Fully engage with global HR communications team to improve processes, optimize and align overall HR communications, and promote HR brand and value to audiences. Participate in weekly meetings and take on special projects as assigned.
  • Collaborate with broader Corporate Affairs job family on HR strategies and messages that are part of the broader corporate narrative for the company. Partner on how best to deploy communications to corporate audiences.
  • Manages and provides coaching to professionals working within the function, including the modeling of Leadership Expectations.
  • Anticipates future workload and plans for when ‘flex’ resources might be needed. Provides well-conceived businesses cases in support of resource requests.
  • Continually identify and share communications best practices with the team for overall continuous improvement.



Essential Functions/Requirements

  • Ability to travel up to 10%
  • Some flexibility will be required to connect with colleagues and markets in different time zones.



  • BS, BA in journalism or equivalent, communications, marketing, public relations, English or related liberal arts field



  • 10+ years’ experience as a communications professional in a large corporate environment.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing narratives, leadership communications, and communications strategies and tactical execution.
  • Experience counseling leadership.
  • Experience leading communications for Total Rewards, compensation and benefits at the shareholder and board of directors’ level.
  • Skills (applied knowledge and technical skills directly related to this position)
  • Excellent communicator – communicates effectively through written and oral communications and has exceptional skills in helping leaders and organizations define and develop messages that are clear, concise, creative and persuasive
  • Stakeholder engagement and management – ability to manage multiple, diverse stakeholders
  • Change management experience
  • Ability to synthesize diverse activities into a clear and compelling framework that helps stakeholders understand how discrete actions support a broader agenda
  • Strong coaching and influencing skills and experience working in a communications counselor capacity with leaders
  • Ability to positively work in ambiguity
  • Strategic approach – keen analytical and strategic planning skills to develop communications and issues management plans that reflect the company’s strategy and help advance business growth
  • Ability to influence – leads and communicates effectively in complex, matrixed, competitive and fast-paced environments and deliver results
  • Business acumen – develops a deep understanding of the company’s business strategies, industry dynamics and the portfolio of its businesses – how it makes money and enables its customers to thrive
  • Problem solving/critical thinking – approaches challenges and problems in a rational, thoughtful manner that assures understanding and effective resolution
  • Emotional intelligence – is an engaged, enthusiastic team member who motivates others to excel; has personal courage and resilience to deal with a wide range of challenges
  • Curiosity – demonstrates an intense desire to explore, discover and create
  • Execution management – collaborates effectively with business leaders and partners to ensure operational responsiveness to challenges and alignment with business imperatives. Has strong project management skills and delivers results.


Preferred Experience

  • Experience managing communications in large or global companies
  • Experience in human resources or large corporate function
  • Directly responsible for senior and executive-level communications
  • Experience in Total Rewards, compensation and benefits communications
  • Experience working in a ‘matrixed’ environment
  • Skills (applied knowledge and technical skills directly related to this position)
  • Microsoft Office programs
  • Change management methodologies
  • Digital and video communications skills









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