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Executive Communications/Thought Leadership Director

Chicago

Welcome to Uptake

Uptake is a Chicago-based predictive analytics SaaS platform provider that empowers major industry leaders to optimize performance, reduce asset failures and enhance safety. At Uptake, we combine our strengths—machine learning, analytics, data visualization and software development—with the expertise of our industrial partners. The result is enormous savings in development time and resources for Uptake’s partners and a proven industrial grade software platform that delivers value to partners and their end customers.

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This isn’t your average job, and Uptake’s not your average company. Together as a team of PhDs, engineers, MDs, lawyers, technologists, data scientists, designers and operators, we’ve pooled our experience leading technology startups, big data software giants and Fortune 500 companies. We build and deliver. We also dare to dream. Together, we tackle the hardest problems at the core of industry and infrastructure. 

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Executive Communications/Thought Leadership Director

Permanent | Chicago | Illinois | United States

The Executive Communications Director creates executive communication strategies for senior leadership to support key business priorities and advance Uptakes thought leadership in line with the company’s brand position. This individual develops strategic messages including speeches and bylines and determines the appropriate venues for content placement and conference appearances. The manager coordinates with the media relations team to ensure alignment of executive communication with overall communication initiatives.

Responsibilities:

·       Work with senior executives to design strategic messages based on key business priorities

·       Manage thought leadership development efforts, including drafting briefs, working with internal and external writers to direct thought leadership content efforts in line with Uptake’s messaging across its active platforms.

·       Coordinates communications across multiple channels to ensure widespread visibility.

·       Monitors media coverage results to determine effectiveness of strategy and adjusts plans as necessary.

·       Publishes summaries of key speeches to extend the reach of strategic messaging to third parties (e.g., academic institutions, industry associations, think tanks, etc.).

·       Provide feedback, guidance and creative review of content, managing multiple projects and resources simultaneously.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

·       Demonstrates understanding of drivers of brand equity; identifies opportunities to increase brand equity; demonstrates understanding of media mix selection processes; able to assess the efficacy of alternative media and creative strategies; develops collaborative relationship with internal communications partners and the agencies they engage, aiding their understanding of business strategies; objectively evaluates creative work against the strategy and creative brief; able to provide useful feedback to creative teams.

·       Demonstrates deep familiarity with brand, product, service, and customer facing technology offerings; demonstrates knowledge of competitors’ offerings and the features of their products and services; develops plans to leverage advantages and correct disadvantages.

 

Qualifications:

·       Superior written, verbal and editorial communication, including ghostwriting experience

·       7-10 years of content creation experience in a B2B environment and a demonstrated track record of successful executive communications programs, building differentiated positioning for high-profile corporations and its senior executives;

·       Industry and or technology experience is preferred

·       Effective in both formal and informal settings with senior executives, peers and business partners;

·       Demonstrated ability to plan and manage complex projects, ability to work effectively with team members and senior executives under tight deadlines;

·       Proactive, self-starter, action and results oriented executive communications professional;

·       Strong relationships management and excellent, proven business media relations and key stakeholder engagement skills;

·       With exceptional project management skills, the ideal candidate will also thoughtful, proactive and assertive.

·       Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Journalism or other related field

About Uptake

Talent

To address social or societal problems, we apply our genius in data science and engineering for the good of all.

Technology

Using predictive analytics and machine learning engineered for our clients, we make tools for trackable social change.

Change

We solve problems with real, effective data solutions that lead to more vibrant local, national and global communities.

Uptake is a Chicago-based predictive analytics SaaS platform provider that empowers major industry leaders to optimize performance, reduce asset failures and enhance safety. At Uptake, we combine our strengths—machine learning, analytics, data visualization and software development—with the expertise of our industrial partners. The result is enormous savings in development time and resources for Uptake’s partners and a proven industrial grade software platform that delivers value to partners and their end customers.

This isn’t your average job, and Uptake’s not your average company. Together as a team of PhDs, engineers, MDs, lawyers, technologists, data scientists, designers and operators, we’ve pooled our experience leading technology startups, big data software giants and Fortune 500 companies. We build and deliver. We also dare to dream. Together, we tackle the hardest problems at the core of industry and infrastructure.

Working with Uptake is different than working with a traditional software company. Uptake leverages its strategic partners’ expertise to develop products that solve industry pain points and enable new data-driven business models and revenue sources. This industry-partnership approach to building software ensures that applications are relevant and provide quantifiable value to end customers.

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