We are searching for someone who is energetic, analytical and excited to take ownership of projects that span the Southeast Asia region. The candidate must have expertise in strategic communications and media relations/storytelling, and must have previous experience managing region-wide projects.
The candidate will be responsible for leading a high performing and diverse team across the region, developing high-value client relationships, guiding strategy, executing projects, and growing the business. S/he will be a proven leader in corporate communications in Singapore with at least 6-8+ years of relevant experience in leading teams within a PR or communications agency and/or in-house corporate communications experience. S/he should have a proven track record in stakeholder engagement, effective communications, business development, client service, and team leadership, and has interest in the global political and policy landscape.
Note: This role will focus on corporate and strategic communications and media relations, not consumer or marketing communications.
Big thinker who understands and has experience in regional strategic communications and media relations and can effectively advise and consult for clients, while being willing and able to help execute
Produces excellent and targeted written deliverables in English (native fluency), including client reports, proposals, and PowerPoint decks
High-impact speaker and presenter on complex issues
Strong experience in corporate and issue-focused media relations, digital communication as a channel for thought leadership and positioning
Accustomed to preparing for, and responding to high-profile crisis situations, such as product recalls, corporate restructuring, consumer complaints, and litigation
Effective at working with clients and stakeholders outside of Singapore
Experience conducting media and crisis training
Demonstrates ability to manage multiple projects/clients and sets high standards for client service
Motivates clients to expand projects appropriately and honestly by demonstrating positive outcomes for client
Strong consideration will be given to candidates with experience in health care, fast moving consumer goods, transportation and technology sectors. Additionally, preference will be given to candidates who have worked in communicating around material business issues (such as M&A, transactions and litigation), innovation and sustainability.
Analyzes client requirements to develop scopes of work and budgets that are appropriate and profitable
Demonstrates understanding of the consulting business model and works to deliver profitable client service
LEADERSHIP & TEAM MANAGEMENT
Directly manages client teams of 3 – 6 colleagues, and guides colleagues across the region, dependent on projects
Develops team members’ skills, and offers mentoring opportunities
Promotes a healthy work environment based on respect and support of colleagues
Entrepreneurial and drives initiatives that recognize and reward people’s efforts/achievements
Encourages and values individual differences, diverse ideas and experiences
Understands the dynamics between international and local stakeholders
Successfully generates and supports new business
Creates high quality proposals and pitch presentations that are considered best in class
Proposes innovative solutions and creative ideas for current and prospective clients
Actively seeks opportunities for marketing APCO through thought leadership, networking, etc.
Identified as internal and external expert on corporate and public affairs; networks externally
QUALIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS
EDUCATION: University degree or higher
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 6-8+ years of relevant communications experience; experience in PR, corporate affairs or public affairs for an MNC or consultancy in the region; strong project, budget and client management skills; experience pursuing and developing new business
OFFICE ENVIRONMENT: The position will be based in APCO’s Singapore office working alongside colleagues across the Asia Pacific region. Some travel may be required.