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Senior Manager, External Communications

Req # JR - 133087 Location Deerfield, Illinois, United States Job Category Communications Date posted 06/18/2024
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Vantive: A New Company Built On Our Legacy

Baxter is on a journey to separate our ~$5B Kidney Care segment into a standalone company. Vantive* will build on our nearly 70-year legacy in acute therapies and home and in-center dialysis to provide best-in-class care to the people we serve. We believe Vantive will not only build our leadership in the kidney care space, it will also offer meaningful work to those who join us.

At Vantive, you will become part of a community of people who are focused, courageous and don’t settle for the mediocre. Each of us are driven to help improve patients’ lives worldwide. Join us as we revolutionize kidney care and other vital organ support.

*Completion of the proposed separation of Kidney Care from Baxter into a standalone company (to be named Vantive) remains subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions.

Your Role

This is where your ideas lead to success

Reporting to the Head of External Communications - Kidney Care, the Senior Manager, External Communications - Kidney Care will support public relations activity for the company.

You will supply to a wide variety of essential communications functions for the company, including but not limited to: media relations, issues/crisis management, financial communications, and social/digital media. In addition, the role collaborates with internal partners across corporate functions in the development of creative communication and influencing strategies, key messages, and tactical plans in support of business goals.

What you'll be doing

  • Media Relations: Under the leadership of the Head of External Communications – Kidney Care, work with reporters to reinforce Kidney Co’s position on stories of interest. Pitch proactive stories and maintain good working relationships with media. Provide counsel to cross functional colleagues and leadership on the best way to engage with media. Prepare experts within the company for media engagement. Identify and place company leadership in media opportunities.
  • Issues/Crisis Management: Develop communications response to a variety of corporate and product issues. Build supporting materials, such as talking points, FAQs, press releases, employee communications, and social media posts. Monitor activities to detect issues before or as they emerge.

What you'll bring

  • Bachelor’s degree required in communications, marketing, journalism, public relations, advertising, or related field.
  • Ability to identify and analyze business and audience needs to deliver messages via the most appropriate mix of media and channels.
  • Ability to promote and sustain long term relationships with key external team members.
  • Excellent writing skills with validated experience to turn complex information into clear, concise, and compelling materials under time pressure.
  • Excellent social media skills to build equity.
  • Highly developed project management and prioritization skills.
  • Strong capability to envision and implement change and an eye for the big picture.
  • Articulate spokesperson with ability to lead media relationships.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Advocate of ethics and compliance, aspiring to do things right the first time.

Baxter is committed to supporting the needs for flexibility in the workplace. We do so through our flexible workplace policy which includes a minimum of 3 days a week onsite. This policy provides the benefits of connecting and collaborating in-person in support of our Mission.

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. At Baxter, we are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices. The estimated base salary for this position is $128,000 to $176,000 annually. The estimated range is meant to reflect an anticipated salary range for the position. We may pay more or less than of the anticipated range based upon market data and other factors, all of which are subject to change. Individual pay is based on upon location, skills and expertise, experience, and other relevant factors.This position may also be eligible for discretionary bonuses, and/or long-term incentive. For questions about this, our pay philosophy, and available benefits, please speak to the recruiter if you decide to apply and are selected for an interview. 


The successful candidate for this job may be required to verify that he or she has been vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for individuals with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent vaccination, and in accordance with applicable law.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities globally. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please click on the link here and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.

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