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Director, Public Relations

Date: Oct 19, 2021

Location: New York, New York, US, 10019

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 124741 

Job Description

The Director of Public Relations will oversee the development and execution of public relations aimed at enhancing IFF’s reputation, closely aligned with the Company’s purpose, business goals and core values. In addition, this individual will be a key member of the issues management team responsible for responding reactively to media inquiries and serving as a spokesperson on the company’s behalf. Another component of the role includes developing impactful proactive government affairs strategies aligned to the corporate strategy that advance IFF’s mission and goals with local, regional, state and federal elected officials.



  • Develop media strategies for corporate and provide guidance/governance to business unit clients; identifying public relations opportunities, threats, and best practices; participating in strategic planning; implementation media measurement techniques; and evaluating and reporting the effectiveness of media relations efforts to enhance the Company's reputation.
  • Sets and leads global media relations, including outreach plan creation, executive thought-leadership planning, drafting of key materials, growth of contact network and effective pitching and training of spokespersons on media interviews, speeches and presentations.
  • Facilitating efforts to ensure continuity of messaging roll-out, post roll-out, and influencer strategies
  • Core member of global issues management team evaluating the financial and social impact of key issues; advising and providing recommendations to executives on how to mitigate or address these issues through messaging; and recommending strategic messaging changes based on stakeholder feedback, or program modifications.
  • Serving as a high-level company spokesperson to ensure statements and key messages of sensitivity and impact are provided to the media by improving and protecting the corporate or division reputation.
  • Providing strategic expertise to senior management by collaborating with cross-functional teams to ensure consistent communication and media relations.
  • Provides guidance and governance for divisions and functional PR activities.
  • Developing and leveraging internal and external partnerships and networks to maximize the achievement of business goals by sponsoring and leading key community outreach and involvement initiatives.
  • Engaging key stakeholders in the development, execution, and evaluation of appropriate business plans and initiatives; and supporting associate efforts in these areas.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required along with 10 years of proven leadership in corporate communications or strong agency experience.
  • Experience working with a geographically dispersed workforce is preferred.
  • Able to build relationships through personal credibility; operate without vested self-interest. Consistently offer quality advice, counsel, and insight. Create trust and mutual respect through words and actions.
  • Self-motivated and a passion for the importance of the work. Develop an understanding of IFF’s businesses and contribute in a meaningful way to the company’s strategic goals.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of ethics and integrity along with strong analytical skills and sound judgment, leveraging data where possible to provide solutions. Timeliness and sense of urgency.
  • Outstanding written, verbal and presentation skills. A hands-on contributor able to capture the voice of senior leaders.
  • Ability to foster a highly collaborative environment while driving accountability. Strong interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence. Ability to effectively build relationships and credibility across the organization.
  • Proven experience developing/building strong teams and the ability to work well with a global team already in place.

We are IFF. We are the catalyst for discoveries that spark the senses and transform the everyday. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. is a leading innovator of sensorial experiences that move the world. At the heart of our company, we are fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking "what if?" That passion for exploration drives us to co-create unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents and household goods, as well as beloved foods and beverages.

Visit us at to learn more about how we’re using Uncommon Sense to challenge expected, champion creators, and do more good for people and planet.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City