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Location :
Northbrook, IL US
Level :
Senior Manager
Job Category :
Communication & Corporate Relations
Description :

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Job Description

In this role, the Corporate Relations Senior Manager will support Allstate’s Claims organization, partnering with the Executive Vice President/Chief Claims Officer. The Claims organization is the largest employee group, 16,000 strong. The successful Senior Manager will be able to serve as a strategic business partner first, fully engaged in driving the business success of Claims and leveraging their communication expertise in doing so. They will have demonstrated strength in working in ambiguous environments and in an iterative manner. They will be a highly visual storyteller, able to translate complex strategies into visually compelling stories, messages, graphics and video.

Strategic Thinking
Create and manage a strategic communication plan and budget in order to have communications aligned to and based on the business objectives
Ensure the integration, consistency of messaging and linkage across Corporate Relations as well as other Allstate areas of responsibility
In a timely manner, create and manage a communication plan in order to deliver key messages and ensure two-way communication with the proper audiences
Provide strategic communication counsel to the client and all departments or business units in order to provide them with the knowledge and direction necessary to communicate appropriately to various audiences
Ensure integration of corporate messages into business, department and regional messages in order to ensure consistency in delivery of key messages
Develop and oversee internal and external measurement strategies.  This involves developing and improving internal/external communication plans, based on key measurement findings

Reputation Management
Through an integrated positioning program, fully leverage all aspects of corporate relations to better position Allstate as an insurance and financial services leader
Engage diverse stakeholders in ongoing dialogue and enhance relationships based on common interests
Advance credibility, market position and positive reputation of corporation, especially with current and potential customers
Develop, manage and integrate a multi-faceted external positioning strategy
Proactively manage emerging and existing issues that may have an impact on overall business performance and the image of the Allstate

Teamwork / Collaboration
Leads cross-functional initiatives to achieve business results
Serves as the catalyst to drive actions, behaviors and dialogue across the enterprise

Project Management
Locates, maintains and uses resources to achieve results
Influences the work of the department to ensure all initiatives and strategies are supporting the client and company in achieving business objectives

Leadership / Development of Others
Create an environment where vision and mission are clearly defined, targets for performance are aggressive, feedback is expected and rewards and consequences are visible and measurable
Provide coaching in regard to performance and skills for continuous development of direct reports
Identify appropriate educational and training opportunities personally and for staff members -- achieve desired results accordingly
Create a high performance work environment that is flexible, encourages personal accountability, teamwork and ongoing professional development
Utilize the performance management process with all employees
Manage the unit budget and all administrative duties

Job Qualifications

Expert Level Skills and Abilities
Executive communication and counsel
Communication strategy and planning
Reputation and brand management
Issues management/crisis communication
Media relations
Presentation and verbal communication
Written communication
Internal and external communication
Leadership, including prior management experience

Expert Level Knowledge
Business acumen (specific to Allstate)
Financial and insurance acumen (external/industry)
Change management

Expert Level Experience
10-15 years insurance industry experience, including Corporate Relations/Communications experience and 5+ years managing people
Insurance/financial services business acumen preferred
Combination of both Home Office and Field experience (internal candidates)

Expert Level Education
Bachelor degree in Communications, Marketing, Journalism or related field
Master degree preferred

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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As a Fortune 100 company and industry leader, we provide a competitive salary – but that’s just the beginning. Our Total Rewards package also offers benefits like tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, as well as a robust pension and 401(k). Plus, you’ll have access to a wide variety of programs to help you balance your work and personal life -- including a generous paid time off policy.

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Allstate generally does not sponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position.

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