Cross Communications Leader, Middle East vacancy in IBM Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Your Role and Responsibilities

We are looking for a seasoned, strategic Cross Communications Leader to join our team in the UAE. This role focuses on creating integrated campaigns to help position IBM’s brand and reputation locally, aid business growth, and foster positive employee engagement.

The Communications function has an important role to play in helping to achieve IBM’s purpose to create long-term value for our clients and society. We work with the business to promote our services and solutions, bring our purpose to life for our people and our clients, and build commercial value for IBM in the market. We work with social sectors and local initiatives supporting untapped talent to have access to edge skills through our CSR programs.

As a senior member of the IBM MEA Communications team, the ideal candidate will have experience across all the elements of the PR mix and will be a strategic media advisor, with the gravitas, communications and advisory skills to counsel and profile senior stakeholders on strategic communications priorities. The individual is confident, skilled, and adept at counselling senior leaders, and managing complexity independently.

This role requires creativity, thought leadership and a seasoned storyteller, combined with a growth mindset to embrace continuous learning and innovating on approaches.

This position is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


  • Create and drive strategic integrated communications campaigns that drive business impact, momentum and resonate locally.
  • Leverage corporate level themes with IBM priorities to develop a credible voice in the market in support of IBM’s business objectives across Gulf, Levant and Pakistan.
  • Develop and manage relationships with key journalists, analysts and influencers primarily focused on regional business media. Work closely with regional media to ensure holistic and integrated messaging about IBM’s offerings and services.
  • Work closely with the client account teams to increase proactive win announcements and client references to drive a strong position for IBM.
  • Identify and pitch local stories to media and influencers, localize global initiatives.
  • Develop and leverage relationships with local media, writing media releases, bylines, speeches and preparatory materials, briefing executive spokespeople, supervising executive interviews, and organizing media events.
  • Use creative campaign storytelling techniques on social media to communicate IBM’s client references and executive presence in the region.
  • Support internal communications priority projects for Gulf, Levant and Pakistan on a need basis.

Other Responsibilities

  • Manage the local PR agency relationship in Gulf, Levant and Pakistan, including maximizing the ROI of investments in agency activities in the region.
  • Manage budget, expenses, and business controls properly, and achieve planned targets and results.
  • Maintaining strong personal relationships with key media, analysts and influencers across the region.
  • Lead local issues management in close collaboration with the business teams to protect IBM’s reputation in the market.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 8-10 years communications experience from in-house or PR agency roles.
  • Advanced media relations skills and ability to draft clear, concise and high-quality media materials.
  • Very strong written and spoken English and Arabic capabilities are essential.
  • Ability to work with media contacts in client organizations.
  • Broad understanding of market business, social and cultural issues, and ability to translate IBM global themes/messages into locally relevant material.
  • Familiarity with information technology, its use in business transformation and the ITC sector.
  • Strong, self-directed project management.
  • Familiarity with working in a global matrixed multi-cultural enterprise will be a significant advantage.
  • Business Communications, Public Relations or Journalism qualifications preferred.

Preferred Technical And Professional Expertise

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About Business Unit

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Your Life @ IBM

Are you craving to learn more? Prepared to solve some of the world’s most unique challenges? And ready to shape the future for millions of people? If so, then it’s time to join us, express your individuality, unleash your curiosity and discover new possibilities. Every IBMer, and potential ones like yourself, has a voice, carves their own path, and uses their expertise to help co-create and add to our story. Together, we have the power to make meaningful change – to alter the fabric of our clients, of society and IBM itself, to create a truly positive impact and make the world work better for everyone.It’s time to define your career.

About IBM

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Location Statement

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Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Company: IBM

Vacancy Type: Full-time 

Job Location:  Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Application Deadline: N/A

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