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EmployerVertex Aerospace
Location Madison, MS USA
PostedMay 4, 2021

Job Details

Corporate Communications Manager - Madison, MS

Vertex Aerospace is an Aerospace Defense company that operates as a federal government prime contractor. Our nearly 4,000 employees at our 65 U.S. and 35 international locations offer a global one-stop-shop solution for aftermarket aerospace services supporting all US Government Military branches and other government agencies.

Vertex is redefining the mid-level aerospace market with its agility, rapid deployment capability, and customized quality. We take pride in our ability to deliver rapid solutions while minimizing risk and fostering solid working relationships. Our international presence and a vast range of aircraft services distinguishes us from competitors. For over forty years, we have delivered high-quality aftermarket aerospace services. "We provide services to our customers 24/7, around the world. We do it right the first time- because lives depend on it."

Growth will come from organic expansion into existing defense and commercial markets, as well as strategic and opportunistic acquisitions that will complement and broaden technologies, services, and geographies. Historically, Vertex has profitably generated over $1B of sales.

Vertex has proudly been headquartered in Madison, Mississippi since 1974. Madison is a rapidly growing community just north of the Capital. In 2019, Madison, MS ranked #31 out of 18,446 Best Places to live in America. In Mississippi, Madison ranked #1 in Best Places to live, Best Place to raise a family, Best Public Schools and safest city to live in. Vertex Aerospace strives to make a meaningful community and economic impact and was recognized as a MS 100 leading private company. Most recently Vertex was certified as a 2021 "Great Places to Work."

Vertex Aerospace is a portfolio company of American Industrial Partner (AIP), an operationally orientated private investment firm with a 30 year track record of working with management teams to build scaled world class businesses (

Reporting Relationship:

The Corporate Communications Manager at our corporate headquarters in Madison, MS. will report directly to the Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer and will focus on building and maintaining a positive public image through various communication mediums and methods. Establish brand management by monitoring Vertex and other industry related media coverage, leverage tools to measure and report analytics to assess reputational risk. Supports key initiatives to promote and achieve a culture of service excellence and employee engagement.

Principal Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

+ Develops and publishes creative internal communications content across multiple communication mediums (including social platforms), in a timely, impactful, effective manner to support the Vertex culture and employee engagement.

+ Serve as a key corporate spokesperson on a wide range of corporate topics including brand management, customer service, community relations, industry-specific themes, and regulatory compliance issues.

+ Serve as external and internal communication strategist in support of corporate initiatives.

+ Maintains a public relations program designed to create and maintain favorable public image for the company: Plans and directs development and communication of information designed to keep public informed of employer's programs, accomplishments, and formal response to media inquiries.

+ Prepare and coach executives and senior leaders to serve as spokespersons in preparation for interviews.

+ Utilize social media platforms to enhance the company brand to prospective customers and employees.

+ Ensure employees are apprised of key events and significant business initiatives.

+ Coordinate, support and/or conduct tours of sites as required to build visibility for the company and strengthen the brand.

+ Assist in managing media presence during on-site events and drafting of materials for media relations use such as press releases, fact sheets, presentations and web pages.

+ Represent the company in community relations activities and support the division's Community Relations plan.

+ Supports key initiatives to promote and achieve a culture of service excellence and employee engagement thru the communication of On-The-Spot Awards, Achievement Awards, Mission Excellence Awards and our Health and Wellness Program.

+ Coordinates with Marketing and Diversity & Inclusion to develop press releases and feature/thought leadership articles aligned with their initiatives

+ Provides internal company-wide communication for all departments

+ Manages internal communication mediums, i.e. Vertex SharePoint, MyHR, Employee App, TV Monitors

+ Provides policy guidance and training for social media etiquette

+ Maintains the highest ethical personal and professional standards.

+ Other projects and initiatives as assigned.

Professional Requirements, Qualifications & Competencies:

+ Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Communications or related field AND 4+ years of primary experience in writing, communications and public relations OR education/experience equivalence.

+ Strategic, analytical and project management skills.

+ Ability to lead up and across the organization.

+ Strong attention to detail and high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office & related software solutions.

+ Thorough, proven understanding of media relations and public relations principles.

+ Experience writing in AP style and developing communications on behalf of executive leaders.

+ Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

+ Crisis communications / issues management experience.

+ Familiarity with Aerospace & Defense, Government Contracting and Service Contract Labor Standards (formally known as the Service Contract Act -SCA) required.

+ Demonstrated ability to work in a customer facing role and as a collaborative member of a diverse team.

+ Ability to project manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.

+ Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance.

+ The position will require the ability to work weekends and other discretionary time as required.

+ The essential physical requirements of the position will be reviewed with the applicant during the interview.

+ Some travel will be required.

Personal Characteristics

+ Vertex Aerospace is a company based on core values of Integrity, Respect and Professionalism. A Performance-Based, "All-In" culture is a total commitment to the mission and the team while embracing the diversity of thought and leveraging their people's differences for the betterment of the organization.

+ Must quickly assimilate and establish themselves as a trusted partner to the leadership team. Demonstrates trust and respect for peers and others in the organization. An innate and consummate team player who leads by example.

+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Has the ability to succinctly articulate ideas, perspectives, advice, and opinions.

+ Ability to develop, cultivate and manage relationships with corporate business partners and provides service excellence.

+ Outstanding customer service are hallmarks of the Company's operating ethos, and, as such, Vertex is looking for a candidate who has demonstrated the ability to lead up and across the organization, is a self-starter, drives change where needed, provides effective leadership to their staff, and works collaboratively with others.

+ Strong professional independence and uncompromising professional ethics and integrity.

Vertex is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment in which we recognize and value each other's differences as well as fostering a culture that promotes its core values: Professionalism, Integrity, and Respect. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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