Communications Manager, Public Relations

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Date: Jan 20, 2023

Location: Charleston, TN, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and about 14,500 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Charleston, we are currently looking for a ​Communications Manager, Public Relations​ to join our growing team.


Job Responsibilities

The Communications/PR Manager is responsible for obtaining visibility for WACKER across the region. This includes the oversight of agencies and projects that support the strategic communications and PR needs for public awareness of WACKER: its mission, products, brand, business growth, community support, and more. This manager is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with relevant local, regional, business and trade publications; drafting and/or editing press releases, key messages, presentation scripts, ads, and other content, and coordinating their appropriate uses. The individual is also responsible for coaching senior leaders – onsite and regionally – on presentation and interview skills; managing media visits (print and broadcast); and pitching stories as appropriate. In collaboration with EHSS and onsite leads, the individual is also responsible for managing and overseeing the regional Crisis Communications plan as well as drafting and delivering proactive onsite responses, when needed, to crisis situations. This is a hybrid position.                             

  • Management of ongoing external communications (PR and Corporate Relations-focused) and coordination of related collateral projects and external PR agency support across the region. Topical areas of focus include growth initiatives, advocacy-related opportunities, sustainability initiatives, values-driven initiatives, media events, and related activities
  • Manage media relations activities for the region. This includes the drafting/editing of press releases, development of key messages, active media pitching, and preparation and arrangement of interviews on strategic topics
  • Seek opportunities and place thought leader articles and speaking engagements in business and trade media/events with appropriate alignment of messaging with internal subject matter experts, site representatives, and executives.
  • Update and oversee crisis communications program, update existing program with input from EHSS and site leads. Arrange training and coaching as needed to support the establishment of smooth-running processes and response-ready spokespeople across region



  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Communications, Media, or related.
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in a media relations or communications position for a global organization. Experience pitching, drafting and placing news stories in trade or business publications. 
  • Ability to travel on an average 10-20%
  • Experience managing strategic communications initiatives for global for-profit business, preferably in chemicals, high-tech or manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in relationship building and story placements with business and trade media - online, print and broadcast - and demonstrated success achieving targeted branding on business topics.
  • Experience building, maintaining and utilizing effective relationships and network of internal corporate resources as "go-to" subject matter experts for media on a range of corporate topics such as products, DEI, and community activities.
  • Strong facilitation and diplomacy skills required in order to align site and divisional needs with opportunities to improve regional and global branding and visibility.
  •  Experience managing external agencies to support communication needs for event management, videos, media outreach, and related initiatives.
  • Experience coaching high-level corporate leaders in presentation and interview skills and managing interviews, media visits, and presentations with external organizations.
  • Demonstrated writing skills related to news releases, internal messages, and leadership messages. Work samples will be requested.
  • Experience using newswire services and digital media distribution tools as well as Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Experience with project management, marcom, and/or intranet tools such as Asana, Basecamp, Marketo, Unily, Sharepoint or others preferred. Also, preferred is experience (basic) with AdobeSuite tools such as InDesign, PhotoShop and Premier Pro.


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected classes.

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