Manager - Communications, Asia (six month contract)


Baker McKenzie
Singapore, Hong Kong or Shanghai

30 April 2021

About Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Our unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables our people to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instil confidence in our clients. This is an exciting time to join us as we invest in and further develop our Professional & Business Services organisation, providing rewarding and challenging career opportunities in all of our world-class business functions.

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all. Our unique international culture is reflected in the drawing together of a worldwide family of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds in all of our offices. We encourage the best people - regardless of race, religion or belief if any, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or age - to fulfil their professional aspirations with us.

About the Role

Manager - Communications, Asia, will report to the Asia Pacific Communications Leader as part of a regional and global communications team, focusing on news and social media outreach, and providing internal communications advice and support for Firm leadership.

  • Work with communications colleagues, in particular the Asia Pacific Communications leader and Global Senior Manager, Internal Communications, in the implementation of the Firm’s communication strategy in Asia, with a particular focus on stakeholders in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mainland China.
  • Work closely with Business Development, Marketing and Communications (BDMC) colleagues to assist in the roll out and execution of our international and regional marketing and thought leadership campaigns, as well as other brand activities.
  • Work with BDMC professionals to ensure media and social media activity is aligned and supportive of our BD strategy and activity.
  • Liaise with stakeholders across the business to develop internal communications materials, from newsletters to online updates, and local and regional Town Halls.
  • Assess which projects, new hires, departures, key wins, trends etc. should be promoted, both internally and externally.
  • Ensure all relevant information is gathered internally, decide and gain approval for external and internal communications, decide which channels and tools are most appropriate (e.g. interview, media statement, Q&A, website, social media), create and execute the resulting communications plan.
  • Provide issues management support, including appropriate internal communications, as required, as well as relevant monitoring of media / social media.

Candidate's Technical Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least five years' experience in design and delivery of internal and external communications, across multiple channels including print, digital and social media
  • Experience of working in a financial or professional services firm is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to deal effectively with journalists, Firm leadership, lawyers and marketing/PR colleagues
  • Strong experience of dealing with the media and basic tools of media relations (i.e., news releases, talking points, statement preparation, issues management, media coaching, media meet & greets etc.)
  • Good understanding of social media platforms and tools, and familiar with other communications channels and technologies
  • A second language, particularly Mandarin, is preferred

If you are interested in the above role, please 'Apply'.

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