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Medtronic Principal Internal Communications Specialist in New Haven, Connecticut

Principal Internal Communications Specialist


Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Post Date:

Jul 21, 2021

Careers that Change Lives

Medtronic is looking for a Principal Internal Communication Specialist to join the Surgical Innovations (SI) Communications team. In this role, you will devise and execute an insight-driven internal communication strategy aimed at informing, aligning and inspiring employees across our global business.

This individual contributor role calls for a curious, versatile team player with a positive attitude and passion for building a bold, inclusive, and empowered culture reflective of the Medtronic Mission and Mindset. Candidates must demonstrate strong business and organizational acumen, with a proven ability to collaborate and build trust at all levels of the organization. Efficiently managing multiple projects independently and in collaboration with leaders and cross-functional partners are key.

About Surgical Innovations

The $6 billion Surgical Innovations (SI) operating unit is the trusted partner to surgeons transforming the future of patient care. Our groundbreaking, intelligent technologies used across all surgical approaches drive clinical efficiency and improved outcomes.

This role reports directly to the Sr. Director, Communications for Surgical Innovations. It may be

based in Boulder, Colorado; North Haven, Connecticut; Mansfield, Massachusetts; or Minneapolis, Minnesota. Remote candidates may also be considered.

A career at Medtronic is like no other. Were purposeful. Were committed. And were driven by our Mission to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life for millions of people worldwide.

A Day in the Life

Develop and develop internal communication strategies, messaging, content and tactics that inform, align, and inspire employees in alignment with the Medtronic Mission, Mindset and business strategy

Draft, edit and finalize content regarding SI business strategy and transformation; product development; organizational structure; policies procedures; financial results; mergers acquisitions; employee recognition; and other critical milestones

Maintain strong relationships with senior leaders, and deliver communication support for business advancement and transformation, organizational change, policies, and other company information to employees

Drive executive engagement strategies, content, and logistics for leader-led events, including Town Hall meetings, webinars, kick-off meetings and team events

Develop and implement internal editorial calendar and content, leveraging innovative internal communications channels, platforms, and tools

Incorporate new technology and techniques to effectively communicate business strategies, imperatives, and initiatives

Manage content distribution across multiple channels

Create dashboards, score cards and reports to assess communications program performance against objectives

Oversee agency and contractors

Create POs and track expenses against budgets as needed

Apply journalistic skills to lead discovery and sourcing meetings with leaders, cross-functional partners, and communications team members, which will inform communication strategies and content

Facilitation the launch, adoption and reinforcement of Medtronic verbal and visual brand guidelines

Represent SI by participating and collaborating with Medtronics center-led communications initiatives and teams

Apply internal communication expertise and consulting skills to advise those who wish to engage key audiences; provide coaching to management on effective internal communication

Must Haves

Bachelors Degree and 7+ years of progressive responsibility in the communications field, in a corporate or agency environment OR advanced degree and 5+ years of experience

Nice to Have

Proven ability to manage large, moderately complex or undefined projects independently through effective information gathering (or research), analysis, planning and implementation.

Solutions-oriented and effective at developing processes, systems and governance that simplify work and enhance performance

Strong journalistic skills to source information and capture compelling stories that inform, inspire and activate employees

Deep experience writing and producing internal content, including leader messages, speeches and scripts, news articles, and video

Strong change management capabilities and understanding of organizational dynamics and social psychology

Ability to cultivate and maintain effective relationships across a variety of functions and with all levels of management and employees

Trusted to operate with the highest levels of ethics and integrity, protecting confidential and sensitive information

Ability to effectively manage multiple projects with competing deadlines

Basic design / creative skills (eg PPT, asset development)

Experience with multi-channel communications deployment

Flexibility to support projects and initiatives that fall outside immediate job scope

Eloqua experience

Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 suite, including Teams and Yammer

Surgical/medical technology/medical device/healthcare industry experience

Bachelors degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or related field

Experience with external communications and issues management

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Lets work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.