Location Paris
Job-type Permanent
Salary €Competitive
Reference 17219

Are you an experienced communication professional who is able to seamlessly balance the mix between strategic planning and day-to-day operational support? Are you willing to have a positive impact on a global scale?

As Director of Communications at the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), you will put your creative stamp on the communications of a purpose-driven organisation that plays a key role in shaping the future of the consumer goods industry.

In this role you will partner with some of the biggest consumer brands and retailers in the world on industry-defining initiatives that help benefit people and planet, working on some of the biggest challenges facing the industry, including consumer health, deforestation, plastic waste, forced labour, food safety, and product data.

The role:

As an essential member of the CGF's Management Committee, the Director must be able to influence peers, work transversely across multiple teams at one time and play a central role in defining how the CGF is perceived by members, external stakeholders, and the media, bringing fresh ideas and new thinking to the table.

You will also develop and foster proactive engagement to maintain and elevate all organisational communications, working closely with the other directors across the organisation, including events, membership, and coalitions.

This position is based at the CGF's headquarters in France (Paris area) with a hybrid/teleworking policy. You will be reporting to the Managing Director.

Your key responsibilities:

Communications & Marketing Strategy:

  • Develop and implement the core communications plan for the CGF and work with teams to develop focused plans for the individual coalitions and events.

  • Develop and execute PR strategy to help position the CGF as a leader and to profile key spokespeople.

  • Develop and execute a plan to engage key target audiences with measurable objectives and develop KPIs related to marketing and communication activities.

Develop and manage annual budgets:

  • Support the growth of the communications team by structuring development plans and providing operational support to individual team members to ensure goals are met.

  • Be an essential and vocal member of the CGF's Management Committee, providing expertise where necessary and advocating for the work of the communications team.

  • Develop and manage annual budgets.

Brand Management:

  • Lead the development of corporate communications materials, and support in developing content for the coalitions, the events, and key members (E.g., annual report).

  • Develop and publish external communications, including press releases, op-eds, blogs, and longer-form social media posts.

  • Develop and evolve key themes, topics, and messages for the CGF as a global brand, as well as for individual coalitions and events.

Stakeholder Management:

  • Engage with members globally to advocate the work of the CGF. Help manage expectations of members and communicate position/decision of certain communications approaches.

  • Work with members in the development of new resources, including interviews, blogs, podcasts, and quotes.

  • Engage with NGOs and other external stakeholders to ensure CGF positioning, and messaging are clear for all parties and work with them on joint communications plans, where necessary.

Your key skills and experience:

  • Demonstrable experience of 10+ years in leadership and communications roles.

  • A track record in developing and managing internal teams and a successful culture while being a team player who's not afraid to roll up your sleeves to help get work done and be involved operationally.

  • Native-level oral and written English; additional language is a plus.

  • Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to switch between formal and informal written tone.

  • Ability to forward plan and see through the chaos, provide strategic input and remain calm in high-stress situations.

  • Experience in an international environment and a matrix or membership-based organization.

  • Considerable experience influencing, driving, and managing media relations at the international level.

  • General understanding of FMCG and retail businesses on an international level, and familiarity with stakeholder relations in this context is a plus.

  • Proficient in social media and other digital marketing strategies, including email marketing.

  • Technical familiarity with the Adobe Suite (esp. InDesign, Premier and Photoshop) is essential, as is a working knowledge of Google Analytics and WordPress to assist the team when needed.

  • Experience in budget plan.

If you've realised this is the opportunity for you in bringing significant impact, please apply directly. If you have any questions, please contact Jacopo Cesari at jacopo.cesari@acre.com to enquire further.

Please note that only applications directly through our website/link will be considered.