Communications Strategy and Learning & Development (L&D) Manager

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Communications Strategy and Learning & Development (L&D) Manager
Ford Motor Company

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Job Summary

The Ford Communications team is going through an exciting transition as we execute a new Framework for the Future to support the Company’s Winning Aspiration. The Communications Strategy & L&D Manager will serve as the “Chief of Staff” to the Vice President, Global Communications, acting as a strategist, advisor, and point of contact. The right candidate will play a key role in prioritizing and streamlining activities within the Communications team. He or she will also contribute to the success of the organization by leading Learning & Development for the skill team, ensuring our team members have the resources to develop the skills and leadership necessary to be world-class communicators in a changing internal and external environment.


  • Lead the development, implementation and maintenance of a strategic business planning process, including the establishment and tracking against specific organizational objectives, that supports and ensures accomplishment of the key business objectives of Global Communications

  • Define, develop and run skill team governance (Business Plan Reviews, Special Attention Reviews, etc.)

  • Project manage and facilitate employee related events (e.g. Town Halls, Off sites, Development Days) as required

  • As a change agent, lead the development and implementation of aligned business process changes within Communications, utilizing cross-functional teams when appropriate

  • Meeting facilitation and representation on behalf of the VP, Communications

  • Lead Learning & Development for Communications; working closely with HR and global L&D Centers of Excellence:

    • Assess learning and development needs of the skill team, and develop strategies to close skill gaps.

    • Work with internal providers and external vendors to design and develop learning solutions

    • Act as curator of external learning provisions and promote usage within Ford as appropriate.

    • Facilitate implementation of competency assessment enhancements and the development of competency related training.

  • In addition to the day-to-day responsibilities outlined above, the individual in this position will also be expected to complete various special projects that arise which impact the Communications organization.

Job Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 7+ years experience in Communications, PR, Journalism, or related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, PR, Marketing, or other related field
  • 10+ years experience in Communications, PR, Journalism, or related field
  • Strong project management skills and a proven track record of producing results
  • Able to navigate in rapidly changing business environment and high degree of ambiguity

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

  • Experience in Learning & Development, training, or instructional design

  • Experience in Corporate Communications