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Sr Manager, Public Relations

| Chicago

Position Description:

The Senior Public Relations Manager is an experienced PR professional who leads and supports the day-to-day activities of the PR department. 

This individual leads and supports the implementation of PR, corporate giving and marketing activities to promote and support the strategic objectives and business goals of FTD Companies. In this role, the Senior PR Manager will assist in managing FTD's PR agency of record, strategic planning and daily execution. This individual should have a strong mindset in PR rationale and will lead, execute and assist in PR programs for the FTD brand. 

This role requires experience in running PR projects from start to finish, and will work closely with the PR Director and cross-functional teams, including the FTD brand team, marketing, merchandising, planning, HR and legal. 

This job description is not a contract and does not change the employment "at will" relationship. FTD reserves its right to amend the job description at any time at its discretion. 

Purpose of Position:

The Senior PR Manager role is a part of the Acquisition Marketing team, within the PR department, and contributes to brand-building and customer acquisition goals of the business. 

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop public relations strategies that support overall marketing, corporate and business goals, under the direction of the PR Director
  • Work closely with PR director and FTD's PR agency to develop and execute day-to-day responsibilities
  • Create media strategies and angles and run media programs from start to finish
  • Communicate with people outside the organization, representing FTD to customers, the public, media, and other external sources.
  • Proactively seek media opportunities for FTD across all media formats - print, online, broadcast, blogs, etc. Manage reactive media inquiries.
  • Draft, edit and review pitch letters, media advisories, press releases, fact sheets, lookbooks and other communications
  • Supervise and assist in developing and updating the FTD media contact list
  • Oversee media monitoring, measurement and reporting
  • Plan and execute events
  • Assist with and/or implement other special projects or research assignment initiatives as assigned. Conduct industry research and market intelligence, as appropriate.
  • Must take direction well, be a team player and follow through with minimal supervision
  • Ability to manage up and meet objectives / deadlines
  • Maintain excellent communication with PR director, brand team and other departments
  • Promote and uphold FTD's mission, vision and values 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • B.A. in communications, public relations or related field
  • Minimum of 7 years' experience in public relations
  • Agency experience a bonus
  • Expertise in media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods, including CisionPoint. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Proficient computer skills in required systems (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint)
  • Familiarity with TrendKite
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

Location

In the heart of the Loop! We also have an office in Downers Grove, IL.
1 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60602

What are FTD Companies Perks + Benefits

FTD Companies Benefits Overview

FTD is dedicated to you and your family. We work hard to provide a wide range of competitive and affordable health care benefits that reflect your changing needs. Our goal is to empower you with the resources and flexibility you need to live well, be well. The benefits you elect will start the first day of the month following date of hire.
Our benefits offerings include medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage, a company contribution to a Health Savings Account (HSA), Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), life, accident and disability insurance, paid time off, and tuition reimbursement. We are committed to providing fair compensation to all of our employees, including performance-based compensation incentives for many of our positions.
FTD Companies, Inc. is a premier floral and gifting company. We offer very generous employee discounts on our diversified portfolio of brands such as ProFlowers, ProPlants, Shari’s Berries, Sincerely, etc.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
If you are eligible for benefits, you can enroll in an FSA regardless of whether or not you are enrolled in FTD’s medical plan.
Disability Insurance
FTD offers short and long term disability at no cost to you. The disability benefits will replace up to 67% of your weekly base income up to $2,500/week for STD and up to $10,000/month for LTD.
Dental Benefits
FTD offers two great dental plans through Aetna. A Dental HMO with co-pays where you choose your Primary Care Dentist and a Dental PPO which has benefits in and out of network.
Vision Benefits
FTD offers vision coverage through Eye Med which offers a broad network of nationwide providers to choose from to meet your vision needs. Retailers such as LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, , and JCP
Health Insurance Benefits
FTD offers three medical plans through Aetna to choose from including one EPO where you choose a Primary Care Physician and two PPO High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP)
Life Insurance
For employee coverage of 2x base salary up to $600,000. *Per IRS regulations, the cost FTD pays for coverage above a certain level is considered “imputed income,” and is included on your W-2.
Wellness Programs
We know how important wellness is to your overall success. The FTD Wellness program is here to help you identify and achieve your health and wellness goals.
Onsite Gym
Our One North Dearborn location offers an onsite state-of-the-art fitness center, cycle center and bike room.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Discretionary match of 50% on the first 6% of your of pre-tax or post tax deferral. To maximize the employer match, you will need to contribute 6%. Vesting is at 25% each year
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) provides employees with an opportunity to share in our growth and to purchase shares of our common stock without payment of brokerage costs, at a 15% discount.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Depending on the department and role, FTD offers some scheduling flexibility. We also offer summer hours so that our team members can enjoy extended weekends and fun in the sun with family and friends
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Care for yourself or a family member who is seriously ill, to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, or to attend to the affairs of a family member who is called to active duty in the military.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
FTD recognizes 9 paid holidays each calendar year and allows employees to take time off for vacation, personal responsibilities and sick time.
Paid Holidays
FTD recognizes 9 paid holidays each calendar year.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
FTD allows employees to wear casual workplace attire every day, not just Fridays!
Free Daily Meals
During FTD’s peak season such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas FTD often provides lunch to thank employees for their hard work (along with the occasional just because lunch).
Pet Friendly
At some locations, employees can bring their dogs to work.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Up to $2,500 after one year of employment
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