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Communications Manager/Spokesperson

Datum: 8-feb-2018

Plaats: Ghent (LOC_BEL_100022), BE

Bedrijf: Thomas Cook

We are currently looking for a (m/f) :

 

Communications Professional/ Spokesperson

Thomas Cook Belgium

 

Job description

 

As  Communications Professional & Spokesperson for Thomas Cook Belgium, you act as the central spokesperson for Thomas Cook Belgium and are responsible for developing, implementing and realizing the Product Public Relations and implement the given Group Corporate Communication strategy for our organization.

 

 

  •  You act as the central spokesperson for Thomas Cook Belgium and the 3 brands (Thomas Cook, Neckermann and Pegase).
  • You act as the central and sole contact for all media for Thomas Cook Belgium and its 3 brands. You are available for all media (24h/7d).
  • You watch over topics, media titles and media spread in the press. You create and ensure balance in press coverage for all brands.
  • You approve all press and social media messages sent on a daily basis.
  • You respond to all media inquiries for Thomas Cook Belgium and the 3 brands within a shortest possible time (several minutes). When you have limited knowledge of the subject, you motivate colleagues from all departments to inform you in a very short period of time.
  • You consult and advise the Managing Director, directors and management with regard to the overall external position of Thomas Cook Belgium and its 3 brands (Thomas Cook, Neckermann and Pegase).

 

 

  • You develop, organize and maintain relationships with all media and communication with the B2C and B2B press, in order to optimize the image of Thomas Cook Belgium and its 3 brands.
  • You determine communication with all media on corporate and brand level.
  • You establish and maintain contacts with the main editors of audio-visual and written media so that Thomas Cook Belgium and its brands are top of mind with them.
  • You prepare, organise and host press conferences.
  • You monitor the presence of Thomas Cook Belgium and its brands in all media and make adjustments when and where necessary.
  • You attend and organise press trips for all brands and arrange attribution of destinations.

 

 

  • You coordinate crisis communication for Thomas Cook Belgium
  • You act as a central crisis spokesperson for Thomas Cook Belgium, permanently available (24/7) and responsible for all media.
  • Along with the Crisis Professional, you advise management and relevant departments about crisis and pressure sensitive topics so that consistent communication is guaranteed across all channels.
  • You formulate the official position of Thomas Cook Belgium, in consultation with the Managing Director and his management team.
  • You acquire external sources that can facilitate reliable information.
  • At all times you try to mitigate the impact of a crisis for the organization and its 3 brands.

 

 

 

  • You are responsible for the development and implementation of the brand and consumer public relations and you are responsible for  implementation of the Group communication strategy.
  • You actively look for opportunities and interesting content about our organisation, products and brands and inform all media channels about those. You work closely together with our PR Agency and discuss opportunities with them.
  • You advise the MD and management on external and internal communication for Thomas Cook Belgium and its 3 brands (Thomas Cook, Neckermann and Pegase).
  • You develop, organize and maintain relationships with authorities, politicians, pressure groups and professional associations.
  • You work closely together with the Head of Communications Continental Europe for implementing corporate topics and objectives and aligning all corporate communications within Thomas Cook Group.

 

  • You manage the Internal Communications Officer in a dynamic and enthusiastic manner.

 

  • You report into the Managing Director of Thomas Cook Belgium.

 

 

Profile

 

  • You hold a Master’s degree, preferably in Communications.
  • You have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in press communications and you are experienced in  crisis communication.
  • You have the ability to work in a Matrix structure as Part of the Communications team in Continental Europe and the Thomas Cook Group
  • You have excellent communication skills both in speaking (on and off camera) and writing.
  • You are charismatic and authentic, you have an enthusiastic and lively personality. You know when to be diplomatic and discrete. You communicate easily on all levels.
  • You have solid strategic insights and are able to translate complex content into short and clear messages.  
  • You are a team player with a strong ability to work broadly across the business.
  • You have a keen interest in social media
  • You have a passion for travel and tourism, a keen interest in retail and a heart for customer focused business.
  • You are bilingual Dutch-French (in speaking and writing), with an excellent knowledge of the English language.
  • You are willing and able to be available for media 24/7 (including during weekends and outside office hours).
  • You are open to occasional international travel.

 

 

Our offer

 

  • an exciting challenge within our innovative and dynamic organization
  • a contract of unlimited duration
  • a competitive salary package including interesting fringe benefits (company car, bonus, meal vouchers, group insurance package, …)
  • 20 days of annual leave + 6 Happy Days
  • attractive reductions on our own products
  • flexible working hours

 

 

Start date

 

As soon as possible

 

 

Location

 

Ghent


Banensegment: Communications, Corporate Communications, PR, Marketing

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