Position Summary

Responsible for creating an ambitious public affairs strategy to expand the companies license to operate and be recognized among the most reputable and influential companies. Serve as the day-to-day top media spokesperson and drive strategic communications initiatives with a variety of stakeholders. Demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop and execute communications/public relations strategies that build, enhance and protect the company's brands and reputation
  • Lead external corporate communications in various areas including: Media Relations, Crisis Communications/Issues Management, Executive Communications, and Financial Communications
  • Develop/implement a proactive media relations plan that aligns with the company's strategic business plan/public affairs strategy
  • Cultivate/strengthen productive relationships with key national media outlets, external public affairs contractors and resources
  • Develop a network of productive relationships with company executives/managers to find information
  • Train and coach senior/other key executives to effectively interact with media
  • Explore/understand earned, traditional, social and emerging media to drive the company narrative through multiple channels
  • Serve as the first-line of defense for responding to real-time crises including recall communications/other consumer issues, ensuring consistency of the company's message/values
  • Provide foresight/insight, continuously scanning the horizon for evolving, emerging issues/opportunities
  • Advise public affairs leaders from operating divisions/subsidiaries, and train/develop them to be highly-effective, trusted advisors to their business unit leadership
  • Provide speechwriting/external communication services for CEO, EVPs and other high-impact executives
  • Support the production of the Chairman's Annual Letter to Shareholders, Annual Meeting of Shareholders, and other corporate publications
  • Support External Relations in building/implementing a thought leadership platform
  • Coordinate with External Relations, Investor Relations, CFO and others to achieve positive positioning of the company with shareholders/other key financial stakeholders
  • Support External Relations, Investor Relations, Senior Executives, Law Dept. and others in the development and execution of quarterly/annual communications that report Kroger's business strategy/results
  • Travel to company facilities to collaborate and train various leaders
  • Must be able to perform the essential job functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications

  • 8+ years of communications experience in a public company, retail/consumer brands, government or campaigns
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Experience with media is critical, including having served as an on the record spokesperson for a company, organization or campaign
  • Proven execution of sound judgment/calm under pressure
  • Proven strategic thinker
  • Ability to work effectively with senior management and build relationships across all business units and levels of management
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