Senior Director/Head of Communications, Commodity Insights

S&P Global
London, United Kingdom
$143k - $258k
15 Nov 2022
15 Dec 2022
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
The Role: Senior Director/Head of Communications, S&P Global Commodity Insights
The Grade/Level: (relevant for internal applicants only) 14
Location: New York / London

The Team:
As Head of Communications for S&P Global Commodity Insights, you will lead an experienced, creative and well-respected team of communicators working out of strategic hubs across the globe. You will be responsible for designing and executing an integrated communications strategy for the division.

The Impact:
In this role, you will be responsible for:
  • Driving strategic external and internal communications for the division, leading a global team of communicators around the world.
  • Working closely with the S&P Global Commodity Insights President and Operating Committee, their leadership teams, and functions, connect our people to our purpose by bringing our divisional strategy to life, communicating our initiatives, and elevating the employee experience. Partnering with the divisional People Team and Enterprise team, you will build communication strategies to drive engagement in support of major People initiatives and change communications, aligned to the priorities of the business.
  • Lead external communications for the division, developing strategic plans to grow the reputation and showcase the depth of S&P Global Commodity Insights' energy and commodity benchmark prices, data, and research with media around the world.
  • Oversee the proactive evolution and development of corporate messaging on the energy transition.
The successful applicant will bring global and local knowledge, contacts, and expertise to implement these strategic communication initiatives. Your charge will also include identifying and implementing leading industry standards, new ways of doing things and advancing our capabilities by driving engagement and meaningful two-way communications. This role demands a passionate, innovative, and critical thinker, always looking for exciting, creative ways to deliver the right message, to the right audience, at the right time and through the right channels.

  • Development and execution of S&P Global Commodity Insights communications strategy, spanning both internal and external communications and aligned with S&P Global's enterprise communications goals
  • Partner with Divisional President and Operating Committee and their leadership teams to ensure successful global internal communications that drive engagement across all S&P Global Platts people and keep them well-informed to help achieve business objectives
  • Provide strategic thinking and direction to senior leaders in the planning and execution of internal communication programs
  • Support the Operating Committee with the development and execution of change management communications that inspire our people in the context of the ongoing merger integration
  • Draft and secure approval of key messages to be delivered to regional, business, or large functional area employees and manages development of content on change management, business strategies and growth
  • Provide hands-on support for leadership communications, coaching and advising senior leaders, creating communication plans, producing, and publishing content across multiple channels (e.g., intranet, email, etc.) and organizing town halls and other events
  • Dive deep into employee listening - utilize metrics and feedback to spot trends, identify changes in behaviors and peaks and valleys in engagement, and take appropriate actions
  • Create and lead S&P Global Commodity Insights external communication strategy and oversee global implementation of regional programs
  • Oversee the division's thought leadership program aimed at showcasing the depth of energy and commodity benchmark prices and insights, as well as position the division as a thought leader in the evolving energy transition space. Work with a broad slate of expert commodity and energy spokespeople to drive proactive earned media placement including op-eds, feature placement and broadcast opportunities. An important component will be to oversee global media training and development of the division's media spokespeople
  • Identify/align with market trends that impact or influence communication programs, especially around sustainability and the Energy Transition
  • Lead the division's crisis communications strategy aimed at protecting its reputation with the proactive development of approved messaging, especially around its benchmark methodologies
  • Create a communications metrics-driven reporting framework that demonstrates accountability and showcases progress against the overall communications strategy in a digestible format for consumption by divisional Operating Committee leadership. Manage media share of voice against peer competitors and proactively make recommendations to tailor communications program based on metrics
  • Manage Divisional Communication team and support their ongoing career development
What We're Looking For:
  • Bachelor's degree with emphasis in Communications, Journalism, English, Business, Finance, or related fields; Master's degree preferred
  • 15+ years of experience in internal, corporate, or strategic communications, or a related field within the financial industry, preferably within a regulated business
  • Strategic thinker who can translate complex concepts to actionable, understandable plans, programs, and materials
  • Strategic and creative problem solver with the ability to think big picture and dive into the details, and deliver on communication programs
  • Ability to engage and manage multiple stakeholders, build strong relationships and networks and effectively, including the ability to drive, convince and influence others
  • Passion for strengthening organizational culture and productivity, and building community within a global, diverse workforce
  • Ability to multi-task, working on multiple projects simultaneously with minimal supervision, and under tight deadlines
  • Ability to be flex in different ways participating in strategic project work and potentially external communications
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Advanced writing, editing and presentation skills
  • Ability to convey subtle, technical, or complex messages in writing
  • Highly collaborative professional that leads through authentic influence and can galvanize teams by bringing forward passion, enthusiasm, and energy
  • Strategic thinker, with ability to see own work within overall department/business goals and identify opportunities for evolution
Critical Experiences
  • Experience leading organization change and communication projects, preferably in a fast-moving matrixed organization
  • Previous experience developing internal communication plans to help support our people, champion our brand, activate our employee engagement through tools that inform and inspire the organization
  • Previous experience developing innovative external communication plans that proactively help grow and defend market leading brands
  • Proven track record of global, cross-functional partnership and relationship management
  • Experience program/project managing complex, cross-functional, global communication initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in a matrixed organization, has acute awareness of complex problems and can tailor communication strategies to meet the needs of the business
  • Experience working on sensitive business issues and crisis communications preferred
  • Experience partnering/providing counsel to senior executives, with courage to champion new ideas and approaches, challenge positions, and influence outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience developing executive level communications in a variety of formats (e.g., blogs, email, town halls, etc.)
  • Proven track record of effectively managing and coaching direct reports
  • Experience in commodities and energy markets, preferred
Compensation/Benefits Information (US Applicants Only):
S&P Global states that the anticipated base salary range for this position is $143,100 to $258,600. Final base salary for this role will be based on the individual's geographical location as well as experience and qualifications for the role.

In addition to base compensation, this role is eligible for an annual incentive plan.

This role is eligible to receive additional S&P Global benefits. For more information on the benefits we provide to our employees, visit link

About Company:
S&P Global delivers essential intelligence that powers decision making. We provide the world's leading organizations with the right data, connected technologies and expertise they need to move ahead. As part of our team, you'll help solve complex challenges that equip businesses, governments and individuals with the knowledge to adapt to a changing economic landscape.

S&P Global Commodity Insights
At S&P Global Commodity Insights, our complete view of global energy and commodities markets enables our customers to make decisions with conviction and create long-term, sustainable value.
We're a trusted connector that brings together thought leaders, market participants, governments, and regulators and we create solutions that lead to progress. Vital to navigating commodity markets, our coverage includes oil and gas, power, chemicals, metals, agriculture, shipping, and energy transition. Platts® products and services, including the most significant benchmark price assessments in the physical commodity markets, are offered through S&P Global Commodity Insights.
S&P Global Commodity Insights is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI). S&P Global is the world's foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks, analytics and workflow solutions in the global capital, commodity and automotive markets. With every one of our offerings, we help many of the world's leading organizations navigate the economic landscape so they can plan for tomorrow, today. For more information visit


Equal Opportunity Employer
S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law. Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment.

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Job ID: 277954
Posted On: 2022-11-03
Location: New York, New York, United States