Amazon Web Services (AWS) seeks a creative, motivated, well-connected, and experienced public relations professional to drive its communications program in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, the candidate will be responsible for developing and executing an integrated communications plan. This includes the launch process of new AWS services, features, programs, regions, customer success stories, and partnerships in a way that maximizes positive coverage and awareness.
The right candidate will possess extensive media relations skills and social media experience/relationships, is an expert at writing, pitching media opportunity to drive deep signature articles and customer success stories. The candidate will have familiarity with crisis communications, can exercise good judgment while acting quickly, as well as have the ability to lead launch events.
A PR Manager in Sub-Saharan Africa for AWS will work closely with internal business stakeholders, key partners, and customers who are innovating through technology in their own businesses, helping them to effectively showcase their results so other customers can learn from their efforts. The PR Manager will also partner with AWS global PR/AR team and AWS leaders to discuss and develop messaging, communication strategy, and plans as an integral member of Amazon’s communications team. The ideal candidate is motivated by a highly creative and dynamic culture where the challenge of breaking new ground and redefining best practices is welcome. In this role, the candidate will have an opportunity to innovate new and interesting announcement plans and programs that are worthy of a company that continues to pioneer the cloud.
Role based - In Johannesburg or Cape Town and will require travel.
Since 2006, AWS has changed the way that companies acquire and use technology by providing a highly-scalable, cost-effective, and flexible technology platform in the cloud. AWS is growing rapidly in the U.S. and around the world with customers ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.
Your professional challenges: · Maintain a strong, current understanding of South Africa’s media landscapes and business, as well as media environment. · Enhance AWS news and media relations activities and proactive campaigns · Innovate launch processes that align with a dynamic, pioneering cloud business · Manage news-related business & technology press opportunities · Align social media activities with EMEA marketing · Identify and develop customer references for media relations, and public speaking opportunities · Develop and successfully manage relationships with key media and technology bloggers and AWS customers and partners · Lead launch events · Managing a PR agency to deliver successful, high quality campaigns
· 7+ years of public relations experience. · Strong media relationships with top tier business, technology, vertical, and general press. · Excellent written and oral communications skills. · Experience working with customers and partners and developing their stories · Analytical skills · English – required, Afrikaans or Zulu – advantageous.
· Understanding of the technological and commercial aspects of the market. · A great deal of personal initiative, creativity, decisiveness and team spirit. · Proven track record of exercising good judgement and ability to be successful in times of ambiguity.
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