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Senior Media Relations Manager

Barry Callebaut Schweiz AG

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Senior Media Relations Manager

Barry Callebaut is the heart and engine of the cocoa and chocolate industry. We are looking for a new Senior Media Relations Manager in Switzerland (CH) for Zurich (CHWP). Our broad range of products and services span all aspects from cocoa sourcing to fine chocolate products, which are loved by people of all ages worldwide. We are passionate about our business and work hard every day to ensure that there is enough chocolate in the world. Nothing is more important to our success than the combined expertise of more than 9000 Barry Callebaut employees around the world. Our international focus in the fascinating world of cocoa-growing and chocolate are the colorful backdrop for our many functions across a wide range of disciplines. In addition to sharing a passion for chocolate, Barry Callebaut employees live our other corporate values every day - customer focus, entrepreneurship, integrity and team spirit. We are committed to making sure that they have the right skills, know-how and deep understanding of our customers and their needs. Engaging and developing our employees is the key to our success. Because our business focus is so broad, the scope of career opportunities within Barry Callebaut can cover many functional areas.



Barry Callebaut has an exciting new role available for someone who gets energy from engaging with media and is ready to develop our media relations strategy.

Fundamentally this role will write, edit and present all our media releases and work with internal stakeholders to support the development of the message the business can contribute to this. Significant portions of these announcements are the financial results. Additionally, as a company we are developing new strategies that need to be communicated proactively to a wide network within the media. Therefore your existing network or the ability to build a network will support you in your development of this role.

We are a company who truly believes in our values and the ability to work with these includes the ability to work strategically and be hands on in the day to day details. Whether your experience comes from a publicly listed company, agency or the press it would be beneficial if you had exposure to the food industry. Furthermore it is essential you are a native German speaker.

This role reports to the Head of External Affairs and is part of the Corporate Communications team, based at the company’s head office in Zurich/Switzerland.


The job includes the following responsibilities:

  • Work with the Head of External affairs to develop a strategic, proactive media outreach plan supporting the business strategy and giving Barry Callebaut visibility in defined key countries, seeking high-level coverage in print, broadcast and online media (business, financial and general media)
  • Write all financial results announcements, M&A announcements as well as the annual report and works closely with the Head of Investor Relations and the Finance team
  • Manage media inquiries and interview requests
  • Act  as spokesperson for all media inquiries;
  • Develop and implement media monitoring system; Create content for press releases, byline articles, (keynote) presentations, brochures, Annual Report and the company’s online channels
  • Business partner senior management, identifying media opportunities for senior management and support them in preparation;
  • Coordinate all media activities worldwide and in close cooperation with the Head of Communications in Asia-Pacific and the MarComm responsibles in the business / regions
  • Support and closely work with Head of Digital Communications to engage audiences across traditional and new media
  • Work closely with Internal Communications Manager to align external and internal communication
  • Leverage existing media relationships and cultivate new contacts within business, financial and general media
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the company’s business and industry trends in order to make appropriate recommendations regarding external communication
  • Organize events, such as press conferences, webcasts and press trips
  • Manage media relations in crisis situations;
  • Manage our international PR agency network
  • Organizes and prepares media trainings



  • Coaches executives, helps them prepare for media relations, speeches or similar
  • Team player, cooperates on projects with the internal communication team, the event organizer, the Head of Investor Relations, Head of Digital Communications, and others


Education / background

  • Around 5-10 years’ experience
  • Proven experience in a similar function with another publicly listed company, agency or press (food industry expertise would be an asset)
  • Knows Switzerland, is familiar with the rules and regulations of SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Experience in financial communication as Corp. Communications writes all financial results announcements, M&A announcements, the general part of the Annual Report, etc.
  • Strong writing skills, presentation/public speaking skills. Writes and edits different types of news releases, articles, presentations, speeches, brochures, annual report as well as pieces for the company’s online channels (short messages for BC’s website, blog entries and similar) – which may all require a different writing style
  • Solid network of media contacts, including key media and foreign correspondents in Switzerland
  • Able to cope with high workload and to work under pressure and against strict and tight deadlines
  • Willing to travel (mostly in Europe, but also to Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific)
  • Native German speaker and excellent written skills, English is our corporate language so you should be fluent in this also

Our strength comes from the passion and expertise of our people. As we strive to create an environment in which our people can continue to learn and develop their skills on an ongoing basis, it is our goal to encourage entrepreneurship and creativity. Apply for one of our interesting positions today and start a great career in the world of cocoa and chocolate.