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Internal Communications Specialist – EMEA – Parker – Vaud, Switzerland

Parker Hannifin, Etoy, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland

Job description
This is a great opportunity to become part of a very dynamic team. In this role, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of a regional internal communication strategy aiming at improving team members’ understanding of the company’s and region’s priorities, key initiatives, culture and business strategy and contributing to improve overall engagement levels. To achieve this, you will be using a variety of communication channels. You will need to direct writers, designers, video production partners and other resources in the creation of content to strategically position Parker with internal stakeholders. Acting as an advisor to executive leadership and human resources, you will ensure alignment and consistency of messaging. Rolling out of global company initiatives to the EMEA region will also be part of your role as well as the facilitation of a two-way communication between management and global team members.


-Actively lead, execute, evaluate and refine the mix of corporate communications channels to reach specific audiences with key messages.
-Engage team members with relevant content, writing support, translation coordination, publishing and promotions to highlight contributions to Parker’s long-term success.
-Work with executives, sales companies, groups, and divisions personnel to contribute to improved engagement by recognizing teams for success and communicating the company’s story in the region in a way that encourages dedication and pride.
-Play an active role in establishing employee communication standards and best practices working in close coordination with other functional areas and regions.
-Coordinate the internal communications plans for major organization announcements and initiatives.
-Support and influence internal executive leadership communications strategy and messaging.
-Support ongoing research projects and surveys.

-Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, or in any other related fields combined with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience acquired in internal communications in a corporate communications environment.
-Experience with global communications and manufacturing operations is preferred.
-Strong ability to manage relationships at all levels of the organisation including senior level executives.
-Ability to use web platforms to create and disseminate digital communications worldwide.
-Proven successful experience in leading external resources to develop content and translations, maintain channels, and distribute company messaging and materials.
-Strong English language writing, communication and presentation skills.
-Willingness to international travel as required.

Unfortunately, we will not be in a position to reply to every candidate. Only selected candidates will be informed about the status of their candidacy. We wish to thank you for your understanding.
Please email your application to Suzanne Hochheimer, Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager EMEA suzanne.hochheimer@parker.com

By | July 20th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

Senior Communications Manager – HSBC Switzerland

Role Purpose

This role is responsible for supporting the delivery of employee communications, and a small amount of media relations activity, for the Swiss Private Bank, in line with its business objectives and strategic priorities.

The role holder will be a key member of the Communications team in Switzerland, which comprises the incumbent, a Communications Manager and the Head of Communications, Switzerland/Head of Media Relations, Global Private Banking, to whom the chosen candidate will report. The role is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The role holder will work collaboratively with the Communications team supporting HSBC Global Private Banking (GBP) and liaise with communications colleagues from other business lines and the geographic communications network of HSBC.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and global communications team that is supporting a business that has undergone significant transformation in recent years and that has vast opportunities ahead of it. The incumbent is offered the chance to trial new ideas, operate with considerable autonomy and make an impactful contribution.

Principal Accountabilities:
Impact on the Business
-Deliver a cohesive employee communications strategy for the Swiss Private Bank
-Design and implement employee communications initiatives that are based on insights from internal research and other sources, to support HSBC’s strategy, encourage a speak-up culture and advance other organisational priorities.
-Provide communications advice and support for business transformation initiatives, technology programmes, strategic announcements and executive communications. This includes liaising with subject matter experts, attending steering committees, producing communications plans, developing key messaging and writing employee communications for the Swiss Private Bank.
-Independently organise and run employee communications activity in Switzerland (e.g. monthly employee meetings and townhalls) with content that grabs audiences’ attention and is worth their time.
-Support media relations work in Switzerland, as appropriate
-Depending on the interests and qualifications of the incumbent, the role may include a small amount of media relations activity, to which we can offer support and coaching. This could include anticipating and managing reputational issues and implementing global communications campaigns in Switzerland.

Customers / Stakeholders
-Communications Manager, Global Private Banking
-Head of Communications, Switzerland/Head of Media Relations, Global Private Banking
-Global Head of Communications, Global Private Banking
-Head of Content, Global Private Banking
-Head of Employee Communications, Global Private Banking
-HSBC geographic communications network
-Colleagues from the Business and Functions in Switzerland, including various levels of management
-External stakeholders, including journalists and service providers

Leadership & Teamwork
-Work seamlessly and effectively with communications colleagues and business peers in Switzerland and beyond.
-Provide guidance to the junior member of the team as appropriate
-Offer expert advice, develop and share attention-grabbing content and nurture relationships of trust with internal and external stakeholders.
-Personally demonstrate a high standard of HSBC’s values.
-Keep up-to-date with communications research and techniques and share best practices with colleagues.

Operational Effectiveness & Control
-Ensure adherence to applicable governance and policy directives.
-Own, track and analyse the delivery and impact of communications initiatives.

Major Challenges
-A considerable workload and numerous projects warrant a good ability to prioritise and multi-task
-Diverse global organisation with complex structures, policies and procedures
-Highly regulated and complex external environment, requiring an ability to operate in sensitive and fast-paced environments
-Rapidly changing communications landscape
-Ability to think global and act local
-Ability to capitalise on the opportunities of a bank with a challenging past and considerable opportunities in the future

Role Context
-The role holder will report into the Head of Communications, Switzerland/Head of Media Relations, Global Private Banking. The incumbent is expected to act with a high degree of autonomy, receiving guidance as appropriate.
-The incumbent will act as a deputy to the Head of Communications, Switzerland, deputising when they are absent.

Management of Risk
-The incumbent will continually assess the operational risks associated with the role and inherent in the business, taking account of changing economic or market conditions, legal and regulatory requirements, operating procedures and practices and the impacts of new technology.
-This will be achieved by ensuring that all actions account for the likelihood of operational risk occurring.
-The incumbent will address any concerns in conjunction with line management and/or the appropriate department.

Observation of Internal Controls
-The role holder will adhere to and be able to demonstrate adherence to internal controls. This will be achieved by adherence to all relevant procedures, keeping appropriate records and the timely implementation of internal and external audit points, as appropriate, including issues raised by external regulators.
-The incumbent will implement the Group compliance policy by containing compliance risk. The term ‘compliance’ embraces all relevant financial services laws, rules and codes with which the business needs to comply. This will be achieved by adhering to all relevant processes/procedures and by liaising with Compliance about new business initiatives at the earliest opportunity. When applicable, this also involves ensuring adequate resources are in place and training is provided, fostering a compliance culture and optimising relations with regulators.

Role Dimensions
-Considerable autonomy in developing, delivering and assessing employee communications activity in Switzerland and trialing new ideas.

Knowledge & Qualifications
-Several years’ experience in a communications role.
-Employee communications experience is a must, some media relations experience is desirable.
-Knowledge of the financial service industry, ideally with prior work experience in a bank in Switzerland or with HSBC.
-Excellent command of written and spoken English; fluency in French and/or German a strong plus.
-Good interpersonal, planning and project management skills.
-Proven ability to deal with ambiguity and pressurised situations.
-Strong presentation skills and credibility with management.

To locate the role description and apply,  interested candidates can click on the link below and select the ‘Communications and PR’ category and ‘Switzerland’ for location:


By | July 10th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

Communications Office – Franciscans International (FI), Geneva

Franciscans International (FI) is seeking candidates for the position of Communications Officer

Summary of the position
Title: Communications Officer
Department: Institutional Development
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Reports to: Executive Director
Contract: Permanent, with 3-month probation time
Full-time position 100% (with part-time also possible but not less than 80%)

Start of contract: 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible for the successful candidate


The Communications Officer is responsible for promoting FI work to new and existing audiences, and for contributing to FI endeavor to elicit structural and policy change towards wider respect of
human rights and the environment. The Communications Officer works under the supervision of the Executive Director.

About Franciscans International

FI is an international non-governmental organization, with general consultative status at the United Nations, working for the promotion and protection of human rights. Since its establishment in 1989, FI has used advocacy as a tool to combat and curb human rights abuses. FI relies on the expertise and first-hand information of a large network of partners, including Franciscan groups working with the most vulnerable strata of society. From its offices in Geneva and New York, FI works together with grassroots movements and national and international civil society organizations to advocate for structural changes addressing the root causes of injustice. FI promotes human rights at the heart of all policies and processes in the area of development, environment and peace.

• Implement, coordinate, review and update the 2017-2020 Communications Strategy, including closely collaborate with the Advocacy department to ensure that communications will leverage and amplify FI human rights advocacy work;
• Manage FI website, including update content, news, documents;
• Develop and execute a social media strategy aimed to increase FI presence on social media (mainly Facebook and Twitter) and update regularly FI social media channels with content related to FI advocacy work;
• Produce print & digital promotional material (including flyers and videos) and help organize events as needs arise;
• Manage contact databases and outreach tools (Mailchimp) for the effective dissemination of FI external communication material, and contribute to develop and implement routines and policies for the use of all staff;
• Support and assist FI staff in the editing and formatting of publications and other relevant documents, including printed and digital publications;
• Ensure increased promotion of FI among Franciscan leaders, orders, congregations and groups, in close collaboration with FI Executive Director;
• Support the development of material and campaign(s) to increase the visibility of FI among possible supporters and donors—in close collaboration with the Project Manager;
• Coordinate the production and be responsible for FI Newsletters and Annual Report processes: gathering relevant information, writing, designing, laying out, printing and dissemination;
• Ensure consistent branding, including updating style-guide and putting in place processes to ensure it is being applied;
• Contribute to improve internal communication by implementing existing routines and policies, and by developing new ones as appropriate.


• Minimum of 5 years of similar experience in communication in relevant institutions (e.g.non-governmental organizations, foundations, UN agencies, Church or Franciscan institutions, orders or congregations, etc.);
• Proven track record of successful communication, including printed and digital communication, and experience in coordinating and running campaigns;
• A sound understanding of the international context in which human rights NGOs are operating and promoting their work;
• Knowledge of the UN human rights system and understanding of human rights principles,especially within FI areas of work, is an asset.

Professional and personal skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to promote human rights advocacy work compellingly with a wide-range of audiences;
• Proficient IT skills, Microsoft Office, the Adobe Suite (In-Design mainly, Photoshop an asset), CMS tool, and CRM tools;
• Familiarity with web analytics tools and social media;
• Enthusiastic, creative and open-minded personality, with strong aesthetic sense and attention to details;
• Proven capacity to plan, prioritize and manage multiple, sometimes competing, tasks and demands efficiently in a challenging, fast-paced environment;
• Strong interpersonal skills: ability to interact with a variety of stakeholders, and ability to work collaboratively with a multi-cultural team;
• Understanding of GDPR legislation

Education, Language, and other requirements
• Advanced degree in Communication, Journalism, or relevant discipline is required
(alternatively, an equivalent combination of higher education and experience);
• Excellent level of oral and written English (equivalent native speaker) and a working knowledge of French are required. Knowledge of Spanish (or/and German) is an advantage;
• Candidates with a valid Swiss work permit will be given priority.

Deadline: midnight on July 22, 2018 (Geneva Time)
Send your CV with a 1-page cover letter (in English) to Mr. Paolo Cravero at p.cravero@fiop.org.
Please mention in the subject of the message “Vacancy: Communications Officer”.

With your application, please:
• Include a writing sample in English (or link to a sample) not edited by others, or one significant piece of work showing your communications abilities (publication, video, article(s), blog, printed or digital promotional material, etc.);
• Include 2 references with contact details – email, phone number and working relation;
• Indicate whether you have a valid Swiss work permit.

Interviews will be conducted in the last week of July.
Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Franciscans International is an equal opportunity employer. All interested candidates matching the requirements are welcome to apply whatever their origin, gender, age and belief.

By | July 4th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

GCN Summer Apero wrap up

Thank you to the members who attended our “welcome summer” networking apero last night at the Restaurant “La Vie des Champs”. It was a beautiful evening in the garden with great animation by the Improv group The Renegade Saints.

Below are a few photos taken by photographer Geraldo Pestalozzi.

We wish everyone a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you again in September!

Glenn, Patricia, Ekaterina, Melitta



By | June 27th, 2018|GCN aperos|0 Comments

Communications and Campaign Manager – FDI World Dental Federation, Geneva

Reports to: Communications and Advocacy Director
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Position type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Start date: Immediately

FDI World Dental Federation is a Swiss-based not-for-profit organization. It serves as the principal representative body for over one million dentists worldwide. Founded in Paris, France, in 1900 it is one of the oldest organization’s in the field of dentistry. Its membership includes some 200 National Dental Associations and specialist groups in over 130 countries. FDI is the global voice of the dental profession and works with its member organizations to improve the oral health of people worldwide. It is in official relations with the World Health Organization and works closely with other UN agencies.

We are seeking an experienced and creative Communications and Campaign Manager to help enhance and maintain FDI’s profile and reputation as well as raise the visibility of oral health issues across multiple stakeholder groups. You will have a demonstrable track record of creating, managing and delivering multi-faceted campaigns and ˗ under the leadership of the Communications and Advocacy Director ˗ will help develop and deliver the World Oral Health Day Campaign as well as coordinate all internal and external communications. This is a fast-paced and varied role, which demands superb multi-tasking abilities, excellent communication skills, and proven experience of working closely with the media and external agencies.
The successful candidate will have strong knowledge and experience of developing media strategies and messaging, coordinating multi-channel campaigns, writing promotional plans and material, managing social media platforms, writing compelling stories, presentations, toolkits and speeches as well as working within a defined governance and reporting structure.

Main duties and responsibilities

General communications support
•Assist in the implementation of the communications strategy that supports FDI’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan
•Help enhance the organization’s image and position
•Support the development, implementation and evaluation of communications plans for projects and partnerships
•Source and write news stories for the website and monthly newsletters, as well as write content for promotional material, publications, press releases, articles, speeches, presentations, toolkits, reports, etc., and coordinate their roll-out
•Implement strategies to maximize media coverage
•Provide editorial support across the organization
•Work closely with the digital team to maximize the effectiveness of social media channels
•Develop and implement a comprehensive promotional plan to raise the profile of FDI’s International Dental Journal
•Manage press contact list and external media monitoring and distribution services
•Manage relevant FDI Committees and Task Teams as well as provide logistical support
•Other work as required to support the development of the communications strategy

World Oral Health Day (WOHD)
Manage the day-to-day running of WOHD and coordinate all deadlines for the timely delivery of the campaign:
•Coordinate the campaign strategy and work plan
•Participate in the in-house campaign development
•Assist in the development of campaign branding, messaging and asset production
•Support the development and implementation of digital media strategies and work closely with the digital team to develop campaign material and content
•Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to increase media reach, campaign engagement and participation
•Source external service providers where necessary and manage relationships, including media partner, media agency and other suppliers as relevant
•Prepare regular campaign communications, updates, reports and background presentations
•Coordinate WOHD workshop and meetings
•Manage the WOHD Task Team and secure all necessary approvals
•Perform regular metrics tracking as well as a comprehensive post-campaign evaluation

•At least 5 years of relevant experience in communications, PR or journalism; master’s an asset
•A proven track record of campaign and project management skills
•A good understanding of the not-for-profit healthcare sector
•Strong analytical mind with the ability to turn complex information into compelling stories and content
•Extensive experience in promoting content on a wide range of digital and traditional platforms
•Strong copywriting, editing and proofreading skills
•Knowledge of online multimedia tools: Google Analytics, social media publishing tools and insights; experience in Drupal CMS an asset
•Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
•Meticulous attention to detail
•Excellent time management skills and an ability to meet conflicting deadlines under pressure
•Excellent oral and written English communications skills (fluency in other language(s) an asset)
•Excellent team worker with a positive, solution-focused approach to work
•Willingness to travel
•Valid permit to work in Switzerland

Desired skills and competences
•Strong interest in oral health issues and global development
•Proven ability to work effectively in a multicultural setting
•Entrepreneurial mindset and a willingness to innovate and propose new ideas
•Ability to influence
•Strong problem solving and multitasking skills

Application: interested and qualified candidates should send a CV and cover letter to communications@fdiworlddental.org, addressed to Chaz Jagait, Director of Communications and Advocacy by 15 July 2018.

Please note only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

By | June 20th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

Customised workshops available

The Geneva Communicators Network offers customised workshops for your own organisations – 1/2 day to 2 days with specialised trainers that we have worked successfully with previously – for between 3 – 15 persons. Interested? Contact us: genevacom@gmail.com 

We currently offer workshops in the following areas:

Social and digital media:
-Video for social media
-Video editing
-Advanced social media

Inter-personal communications:
-Public speaking
-Improving presentation skills
-Using your voice for greater influence
-Persuasive storytelling

-Media relations
-Media interviews

-Writing for the web
-Effective writing
-Communicating through images

Strategic communications:
-Engaging with your audiences
-LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®: Effective communication through creativity
-Exploring marketing
-Crisis management
-Measurement and evaluation

image by: Geraldo Pestalozzi
By | June 12th, 2018|GCN workshops|0 Comments

“Welcome summer” networking apero – 26 June 2018

We are pleased to announce our  “welcome summer” networking apero on 26 June 2018 at the Restaurant “La Vie des Champs”, a new lively and dynamic venue near the ICRC and ILO. Join us for some drinks and finger food to welcome the summer and network with fellow communicators.

The evening will also include an interactive improv workshop by the Geneva-based
Renegade Saints. Improv is fast, fun and unpredictable. People end up exploring ideas they were not even thinking of just minutes earlier. The results are spontaneous and and often hilarious. But improv also teaches important skills such as quick thinking, cooperation, active listening, creativity and leadership. When these skills are applied at work and elsewhere, great things happen; it is no longer “business as usual.”

Date/time: 18:00-20:00, Tuesday 26 June 2018

Venue:  Restaurant La Vie des Champs
Ch. de la Vie des Champs 15 Geneva 1202
Directions: the restaurant is located on a small road behind the ICRC, street parking is available in front of the ICRC and UN on Avenue de la Paix. Bus stop BIT for bus 8 is 5 minutes from the venue.
Cost: 30 CHF – includes drinks and snacks

Places are limited, so please register for the event>>  

We look forward to seeing you!
Patricia, Glenn, Ekaterina and Melitta
Geneva Communicators Network

Vie des champs restaurant
By | June 12th, 2018|GCN aperos|0 Comments

Next UN Designers meet-up – 22 June 2018

The UN Designers’ next meetup will be on 22 June 2018 from 9:30am in Room VIII, Palais des Nations. (For those who are available, we would also like to invite you stay and socialize over lunch afterwards).
During our 12th Meeting, we will revisit Branding & Visual identities in the UN Family, this time with the help of Carlo Mendes. Carlo has been leading a visual identity exercise at IOM, and will be able to share his insights regarding the challenges of branding de-centralized organizations with strong regional presences, and how to ensure your brand stays relevant across all channels. This will be a great opportunity to discuss branding matters in multi-stakeholder organizations and gauge how design matters develop as compared to the private sector.

Entry is free, and if you would like to attend, please add your name/organization to this list before 20 June.

By | June 12th, 2018|Other events|0 Comments

Communications consultant needed – Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) is looking for a communication consultant to help the GABC with developing the foundational messaging tree with regards to its vision, mission and work areas. We are looking for an experienced professional to provide ca. 5-10 days’ work of communication support for the following tasks:

Take stock of existing communications material about the GABC
Participate in a half-day messaging workshop with GABC Work Area leads and Steering Committee members (29 June, London, to be confirmed) to determine key audiences, objectives and touch upon relevant key messages per audience
Develop vision and mission statement and USP of the GABC
Develop a set of key messages for key target audiences and an elevator pitch to be used by all partners of the GABC

The work will start with the 29 June workshop and should be finalized by 15 Aug. The work will be delivered to, and approved by the members of the Steering Committee of the GABC. The coordination will be done by the GABC secretariat, which is hosted by UN Environment.

If you are interested, please send us your offer indicating a working proposal and indication of needed support from the GABC secretariat to accomplish the work, by 13 June to Nicolas Jammes – jammes@wbcsd.org

By | June 8th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

GCN Lunch Wrap Up – Friday 1 June 2018

Thank you to the many members who attended D. Helen Shapiro‘s presentation last Friday on the new EU data protection rules – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into effect on 25 May 2018. It was a very enlightening discussion and worth a follow up to ensure that you know your rights both as a business and an individual.

Below are a few photographs from the event, courtesy of photographer Geraldo Pestalozzi www.gpestalozzi.com 


  • GCN Lunchtime Seminar – new EU data rules – Friday 1 June 2018 with D. Helen Shapiro


By | June 6th, 2018|GCN lunch events, Uncategorised|0 Comments