Senior Executive Communications Manager, Outshift

  • Location:
    Offsite, San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Marketing and Communications
  • Compensation Range
    175500 USD - 240000 USD
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id

This role has to be located in the San Jose, CA area- Remote

Who We Are

Outshift by Cisco is the emerging tech incubation group that explores, identifies, and creates new businesses for Cisco. We are passionate about being at the cutting edge of technology, taking Cisco into new markets and building exciting products that solve tomorrow’s biggest challenges. Like a startup, we take an entrepreneurial approach to success. We incubate ideas into products that solve critical needs, then deliver an experience that delights users and customers from MVP to full-blown commercial offering. Outshift is about innovation. We look from 12 months out to five years into the future, flexibly working to solve problems instead of fitting into a defined job description. We celebrate learning, and expect our teams to fail fast, challenging assumptions and finding new ways of solving problems. Outshifters enjoy gaining experience across a breadth of technological and business challenges and can expect to shift across products/problems and build new skills regularly. We’re building the next wave of startup-like innovation with the support of a trusted name like Cisco. Where else will you get to do this? Come create with us.

Who You’ll Work With

The Outshift team is highly visible within Cisco as it's leading the future innovation for the business. As part of the Strategy, Incubations & Applications group led by Cisco’s Chief Strategy Officer, you’ll be working with some of the organization’s most forward thinkers. In this role, you can expect to work with our SVP, Outshift teams, corporate communications, events, AR/PR and other key stakeholders to help represent and grow the Outshift brand’s reputation and our SVP’s voice as it relates to our Modern Apps business. You’ll develop strong strategic relationships and ensure our Modern Apps product portfolio and efforts are amplified and represented internally and externally to ensure we advance business goals.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead the development and implementation of the organization’s external and internal communication strategies, including media/public relations, marketing, general communications, and employee-focus communications, in line with the organization’s & SVP’s vision, strategy & values.
  • Work hand in hand with the SVP, becoming his trusted voice, understanding his key care abouts and being able to translate them.
  • Be a thought leader and the voice of the SVP and his team when communicating on our modern apps portfolio.
  • Build strategic relationships with the Outshift leadership team, the marketing team, corporate communications, AR/PR, events, and other key stakeholders across Cisco to effectively embed our messaging.
  • Help identify, develop, and maintain key communication channels, adapting and improving them in line with internal & external trends and business needs.
  • Collaborate with the marketing team to help drive and execute digital communications from the SVP (websites, social media, email, etc.)
  • Support/create/manage the development and execution of internal & external monthly/quarterly marketing and communications strategies, tactics, and deliverables, including newsletters, press releases, email blasts, blogs, website content, social media content, videos, keynotes, All Hands, and various organizational position pieces, etc.
  • Work closely with P&C to drive internal communications around group wide initiatives and programs.
  • Work closely with the executive team to ensure employees understand the work of the organization.
  • Maintain communications calendars and budgets for all critical communications campaigns.

Who You Are

  • You have a solid understanding of technical trends, especially in modern applications & GenAI
  • You are a communications leader who has a proven track record in creating compelling content and growing the profile of an executive or functional area. You are viewed as a content development partner and are able to understand the audience and adapt messaging as needed. You have a strong understanding of the tech sector and are adept at using the tools to reach and engage with various audiences. You also have superior verbal and written communications skills. And, you have experience in building strong relationships with a highly matrixed group of stakeholders and understand the executive's function and business strategy.

Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS in Marketing, Business, Communications, or equivalent
  • 12+ years in an internal/external communications role
  • Experience supporting VP+ executives in a Comms role
  • Advanced PowerPoint skills
  • Samples of superior messaging and storytelling
  • Proven project management skills
  • Track record for developing and executing strategic communications plans
  • Ability to grasp technical issues and market considerations
  • Executive presence – ability to work with and advise executives
  • Flexibility to travel (10-15%)

Why Cisco?

#WeAreCisco. We are all unique, but collectively we bring our talents to work as a team, to develop innovative technology and power a more inclusive, digital future for everyone. How do we do it? Well, for starters – with people like you!

Nearly every internet connection around the world touches Cisco. We’re the Internet’s optimists. Our technology makes sure the data traveling at light speed across connections does so securely, yet it’s not what we make but what we make happen which marks us out. We’re helping those who work in the health service to connect with patients and each other; schools, colleges, and universities to teach in even the most challenging of times. We’re helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to connect with their employees and customers in new ways, providing people with access to the digital skills they need and connecting the most remote parts of the world – whether through 5G, or otherwise.

We tackle whatever challenges come our way. We have each other’s backs, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We celebrate and support one another – from big and small things in life to big career moments. And giving back is in our DNA (we get 10 days off each year to do just that).

We know that powering an inclusive future starts with us. Because without diversity and a dedication to equality, there is no moving forward. Our 30 Inclusive Communities, that bring people together around commonalities or passions, are leading the way. Together we’re committed to learning, listening, caring for our communities, whilst supporting the most vulnerable with a collective effort to make this world a better place either with technology, or through our actions.

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us! #WeAreCisco 

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