GlaxoSmithKline Plc recruitment for a Communication and Government Affairs Executive

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world’s leading research based
pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, is committed to improving the
quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and
live longer. GSK employs over 97,000 employees in over 100 countries
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc is one of Africa’s largest consumer
healthcare companies, producing leading brands such as Lucozade,
Ribena and Panadol.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communication and Government Affairs Executive
Requisition ID: WD125339
Location: Lagos
Position: Full time
Functional area: Communications
Job Summary

  • Communications: Develops, plans, designs, maintains and
    implements internal and external communications and engagement programs
    that enhance the organisation’s relations with the community, government
    and regulatory authorities, shareholders and employees.
  • Delivers communications through various media.
  • Counsels senior leaderson comms strategy, change and engagement. Builds reputation, managed crises and issues, builds GSK brand.

Job Description

  • CGA is an integrated global support function providing
    communications and government affairs expertise to the business. In
    keeping with the Global CGA strategy, the purpose of this role is to
    help the business to which it is aligned deliver its Winning Formula by
    driving equity and engagement through industry leading communications
    and strategic Government Engagements.
  • The role supports the CGA Director, with whom overall
    responsibility for the Country’s communications and Government Affairs
    strategy sits and deputises in his absence.

The role supports the Nigeria Consumer Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and GMS Businesses:

  • Provides communications expertise based on an expert understanding of the local external and internal environment
  • Protects and maintains the reputation of GSK as a whole and serves as an ambassador for the GSK brand
  • Maximizes the performance of Cx and Rx brands through the
    brilliant delivery of integrated earned media campaigns, either in-house
    or via external agencies
  • Drives performance through engagement, attraction and retention
  • In partnership with the CGA Director and deputising in his
    absence, supports the GM and their leadership team on key projects
    requiring strategic communications input and government engagement.
  • Provides timely and valuable information that supports the GSK
    strategic priorities.  Whenever possible, a particular emphasis will be
    made to highlight GSK’s initiatives in building trust with external
  • Areas of focus are Corporate Responsibility and Community
    Partnerships, Internal Communications, Media Relations, Product
    Communications support, Crisis/Issues Management and Government
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Media Relations:

  • Supports GSK’s reputation through effective, proactive and reactive management of media issues.
  • Protects our reputation by flagging issues early and managing them effectively. Support others to do same.
  • Maintains a set of effective employee communication tools, eg, All-Hands Meeting, e-Newsletter, myGSK, ADC articles.
  • Community Activity Programme
  • Builds recognition that GSK is a responsible corporate citizen that is actively involved in the Nigerian community.
  • Ensures the community activity programmes is managed and communicated to maximise the reputation value to external and internal stakeholders.
  • Manages the global GSK Community Council, including promotion of Orange Day, PULSE and Orange United.
  • Crisis / Issues Management
  • Provides a framework and maintains rapid and consistent flow of reliable information, both within the company and externally, to ensure that issues are fully addressed and aid a smooth return to normal operations as soon as possible.
  • Provides a comprehensive media monitoring, analysis and distribution service.
  • Responsible for facilitating media training and managing media policies.
  • Reputation and Stakeholder Management
  • Demonstrates that GSK Nigeria understands its stakeholder
    expectations and these are factored into business planning and
  • Positions GSK Nigeria as a leading provider of healthcare solutions.
  • Provides advice on strategic stakeholder communications
  • Provides the business with research based evidence to inform strategic reputation decision-making.
  • Corporate Brand Integrity & Daughter Brand Support
  • Protects and build the value of the GSK brand by managing its integrity both internally and externally.
  • Internal Communications & Engagement
  • Supports business in ensuring major change projects are effective because GSK Nigeria people are informed and well-engaged

Government Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Maintain strategic stakeholder mapping for relevant sectors impacting the GSK business
  • Maintain GSK engagement and relationships with key government stakeholders.
  • Lead the planning for GSK meetings with key stakeholders.

Accountability and Complexity:

  • Simultaneously manage numerous concurrent projects, not all of
    which will be in the role holder’s control i.e. corporate reputation and
    issues management (this will require a constant reassessment of
    priorities and the ability to remain focused on outputs that deliver a
    clear business benefit)
  • The role not only needs to support the development and implementation of the Area communications strategy but also to manage resources efficiently and engage various teams/functions smoothly to implement programs and projects to execute the defined strategy
  • High energy, good personal credibility, strong communication skills and the ability to operate in an often high-pressure environment are therefore essential
  • Relationship with government agencies, shareholders, and communities.
  • Interface with a high number of stakeholders, both external e.g.
    media, government departments, regulatory bodies, etc and internal. In a
    highly-matrix and complex environment, strong, positive relationships
    need to be fostered within the Cx, Rx businesses and wider GSK
    organization across a range of functions including, but not limited to,
    Legal & Compliance, Medical, Regulatory, Government Affairs,
    Consumer Relations, Investor Relations and Global Media. The broad
    nature of the role requires matrix working on nearly all projects
  • Operate in an environment with a high degree of change that is fast-paced, requiring resilience and flexibility
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Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Candidate must have excellent communication skills – written and spoken are extremely important
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • The role requires very Strong communications expertise and experience (Verbal & Written)
  • Communications generalist with extensive experience of all
    corporate disciplines and a track record of working across digital
  • Proven issues management/crisis competency with the ability to operate calmly and effectively under pressure and deliver communications needs against tight time frames; must demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills and be able to deal with ambiguity and handle sensitive situations
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the personal and professional authority and credibility to influence and advise senior management and operate across all hierarchies; leadership potential
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage PR agencies or other Agencies.
  • Understand the fundamentals of engaging key Government stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinker with potential to devise and deliver long
    term, complex internal and external communication projects involving
    diverse businesses, functions and cultures across a variety of markets
  • Ability to operate in a challenging consumer media environment
    with proven ability to communicate confidently with national and
    broadcast media (traditional and digital) on consumer issues

Key Relationships

  • Establish solid connection and communication with Cx, Rx and GMS Regional and Global Communications team
  • Establish and maintain solid relationships and communication with the GSK Consumer Healthcare Shareholders.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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