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Senior Director, External Communications

Company: Honeywell
Location: 855 S Mint Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Job Type: Full Time
Date Available: 7/2/2024

Driving Infinite Possibilities Within A Diversified, Global Organization

Join Honeywell, a global FORTUNE 125 company, as a Senior Director of External Communications. You will design and drive a comprehensive media relations and public affairs program in support of the company’s Energy and Sustainability Solutions (ESS) business group as well as work closely with our Government Relations team in a public affairs capacity.

The role, which reports to Honeywell’s Chief Communicator, is part of the company’s Strategy organization and is based in Charlotte, NC.

This key role on Honeywell’s external communications team is responsible for all external positioning supporting Honeywell and ESS as a technology leader enabling the energy transition across global markets. In this position you will:

  • Drive top-tier industry and business news coverage in support of new product introductions, key initiatives, and integrated marketing communications campaigns.
  • Provide expert reputation management counsel related to the ESS business.
  • Lead public affairs communications at the local, regional, and national levels aimed at promoting and protecting Honeywell’s interests and the Honeywell brand in those jurisdictions.

We are seeking a candidate who can serve as a trusted advisor for senior executives in mission-critical moments and is a purpose-driven storyteller with strong judgement and a calm demeanor to manage multiple concurrent high-profile projects. The individual in this role works closely with the ESS CEO to achieve differentiated positioning across all external channels – from social, to owned, to earned.  And, will partner with our Government Relations teams on a range of public affairs issues to ensure the Honeywell brand is both promoted and protected.

The ideal candidate will have outstanding written and verbal communications skills, with a thorough understanding of digital and social communications channels and how to leverage them. This individual will need to meet the needs of a varied set of stakeholders and be comfortable in a dynamic environment with rapidly shifting priorities and some level of ambiguity.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop global media and public affairs programs that are strongly linked to business strategy and performance requirements.
  • Develop and execute public relations strategies to drive top-tier media coverage and visibility to further the company’s reputation.
  • Develop thought leadership programs and narratives aligned with the overall Honeywell positioning and trending news topics/issues.
  • Direct, align and manage PR agency work, measuring success through key performance indicators across a variety of channels, including top-tier media and premier speaking forums.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key reporters/media and manage media inquiries and interview requests.     
  • Partner on message development and provide media training and coaching as appropriate for key executive spokespeople.
  • Lead communications planning, message development and PR plan execution for issues, crises, M&A and other strategic transactions, managing reputational risk.
  • Partner with Honeywell ESS Customer Marketing team to increase brand awareness and support integrated campaigns.
  • Work with appropriate businesses, functions, and government relations on crisis and issues management.
  • Oversee media measurement and monitoring to stay abreast of the industry and sustainability landscape; evolve public relations strategies based on data and insights.
  • Oversee and develop content for press releases, bylined articles, key messages, media statements, Q&A documents, and briefings.
  • Lead, coach and develop public relations team.
  • Ability to travel 10 - 15% of the time.

Success Factors:

  • Proven track record of results in external relations (particularly in earned media), change communications and issues/crisis communications.
  • Experience developing relationships with reporters/media, pitching news stories/ideas, managing media inquiries and serving as a media spokesperson.
  • Strong (AP style) writing skills, with ability to develop clear, concise messages that align closely with corporate messaging.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to present effectively to senior management.
  • The ability to think strategically, provide communications counsel, and assist in developing plans to drive results.
  • Ability to identify issues proactively and execute actions to eliminate or minimize their potential impact.
  • Excellent project management and the ability to simultaneously prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to provide communications guidance and work effectively across businesses and corporate functions.
  • Strong business acumen and partnering, consulting and influencing skills with the ability to build and navigate relationships at all levels of the organization, particularly at the executive level.
  •  Advanced understanding of business processes and vernacular.
  • Advanced understanding of the complex legislative, regulatory, and political environment related to energy, energy transition, and sustainability issues.
  • Prior experience working in a large, complex international company with diverse products portfolio desired.



  • A bachelor's degree in a related field such as journalism or communications.
  • At least 15 years of demonstrated successful experience in developing, implementing, and measuring communications and public relations plans and programs.
  • 5+ years’ experience in managing people

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