Sr Executive Communications Manager for CIO


April 14, 2021

Do what you love. Love what you do.

At Workday, we help the world’s largest organizations adapt to what’s next by bringing finance, HR, and planning into a single enterprise cloud. We work hard, and we’re serious about what we do. But we like to have fun, too. We put people first, celebrate diversity, drive innovation, and do good in the communities where we live and work.
Job Description
We’re seeking a strong communications professional with experience driving internal and external executive communications in a fast-paced, diverse workplace. The Sr Executive Communications Manager will serve as the go-to communications partner for Workday’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). They will also work to define and lead the external communications strategy for the CIO, partnering with other key stakeholders across the company, to drive thought leadership and build presence for Workday in the market. This role will also drive a strategic employee communications program on behalf of the CIO that will engage, align, and inspire Workmates around our values, vision, and priorities.
This role will work to help define and lead the communications strategy for the CIO including, helping to develop the CIO’s message platform while identifying and supporting appropriate activities such as media and speaking engagements, and other content needs. Additionally, the Executive Communications Senior Manager will support employee communications deliverables such as internal speaking engagements and video scripts.
The ideal individual for this role will possess excellent writing skills, be a self-starter, have the ability to forge strong relationships with executives, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and have the capacity to manage multiple priorities at one time. It is also preferred that this candidate has strong project management skills and prior experience leading communications for a CIO or similar technical executive. And since Fun is one of Workday’s core values, a sense of humor and the ability to not take oneself too seriously are also highly valued traits. The Executive Communications Senior Manager will report into the Executive Communications Lead as part of the broader Global Corporate Communications team. Ready to learn more?
Key Responsibilities:
  • Drive a strategic employee and external communications program for Workday’s CIO.
  • Work hands-on with the executive and other key stakeholders to plan, write, edit, and distribute a variety of different employee-focused communication materials.
  • Partner with the executive and other key stakeholders to develop internal messaging and presentations for company updates, business updates, key initiatives, industry issues, and other topics.
  • Work closely with the executive to develop messaging that informs their external narrative and support executive on a variety of external-facing activities such as media briefings, customer-facing events, industry speaking opportunities, blogs, and more.
  • Be a strategic adviser to the CIO on messaging, tone and speaker delivery.
  • Establish and track metrics that show the impact of external and employee communications on employee engagement, productivity, and organization performance.
  • Help cultivate and grow the brand voice of Workday, leveraging humor and fun to engage and inform – working closely with other teams within Marketing to ensure a consistent brand experience.
  • Partner tightly with the other teams within Corporate Communications, Marketing and other parts of the organization to ensure tight alignment of messages and narratives.

Qualifications and Background:
  • Proven success developing and executing strategic employee and external communications across a variety of channels in support of senior level executives, preferably with a CIO or other technical leaders.
  • At least 10 years working in corporate communications and marketing, including employee communications experience, preferably in a fast-paced, high-tech company.
  • Established track record collaborating with and proactively supporting senior leaders on communications strategies and best practices; client service mindset and consultative approach is a must.
  • Ability to distill complex information into clear, concise messaging; ability to write in a simple, direct, warm and friendly tone.
  • High degree of flexibility, with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Strong project management skills are a plus.
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills; ability to write for a broad spectrum of multimedia communications channels.
  • Proven success developing and executing strategic employee and external communications across a variety of channels.
  • Experience with change management and communicating key initiatives across multiple internal target audiences.
  • Innovative mindset – always looking for ways to improve how Workday communicates with and engages employees.
  • Experience with event production and support is preferred.
  • Technology industry expertise, with specific knowledge and experience in the software market, is favorable but not required.

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