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Manager, Executive and Media Relations


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  79066
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Executive and Corporate Communications
Division:  Legal & Public Affairs


Basic Function

The Manager, Executive Communications & Media leads a full range of Corporate Communications activities involving our C-suite executives. In this role, they will be the key professional responsible for partnering with LyondellBasell executives to develop global executive communications (e.g., presentations, speeches, media appearances, etc.). The Manager, Executive Communications & Media must be able to represent the best interests of the company and C-suite executives with a variety of external stakeholders including, but not limited to, business and financial media, government officials and industry partners. As such, they will partner with Investor Relations and Government Relations regularly. 


This individual must be media savvy, and have extensive business knowledge and experience working with Tier 1 business and financial media which has yielded positive results. Additionally, it is important that this individual has experience in managing issues / crisis situations, as they will serve as a company spokesperson for LyondellBasell. They will also be responsible for providing media coaching and guidance to C-suite executives where appropriate.  


This is a strategic leadership role responsible for directly counseling members of the company’s leadership team on key internal and external communication engagements using best-in-class methods. They will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing stakeholder relationships, and partnering with the business to identify, assess and mitigate reputational risks. This individual may assist with M&A and issues management communications, as well as support digital and visual storytelling which can be used across a wide array of media (e.g., LYB Advancing Possible content hub, stakeholder engagements, social media). 


Evaluating the global external landscape for emerging issues and trends and distilling complex business and operational data to a level that is easy to understand are core aspects of this position. This individual will develop communications to promote thought leadership and positive reputation building. As a trusted business partner for multiple clients, he/she must successfully manage multiple projects and interact professionally with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.


This position reports to the Sr. Manager, Executive Communications, Media & Sustainability, is located in Houston, TX and has no direct reports.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with the Public Affairs Leadership Team to develop and execute communication plans and campaigns for a wide array of corporate activities
  • Leads Corporate Communications strategies and tactics on a regional / global / company level with an enterprise mindset to ensure company initiatives are aligned, such as stakeholder engagement, media relations, employee communications, social media, social investment and communications measurement  
  • Provides senior leader and C-suite executives counsel for reputation management and leads stakeholder / client interactions and corporate citizenship activities
  • Leads strategic planning exercises to develop innovative ideas and concepts 
  • Utilizes external analysis to advise senior leaders and C-suite executives on strategic management of campaigns, issues, trends and topics. 
  • Leads and fosters an environment for content creation and visual storytelling for LyondellBasell 
  • Drives alignment and information sharing among the Public Affairs team on a regional / global / company level related to new messaging, resources, upcoming events/activities, etc. 
  • Project owner and/or lead, creating and executing campaigns and projects with skill and professionalism
  • Thinks several steps ahead and anticipates the needs of clients / stakeholders and senior leader and C-suite executives
  • Manages and develops communications resources and toolkits including but not limited to key message documents, power point presentations, and training materials
  • Uses metrics to drive decisions in support of continuous improvement
  • Represents the company with the utmost integrity and abides by the LyondellBasell Code of Conduct
  • Acts as a company spokesperson and manages media / stakeholder interactions, and serves as an incident response communications focal point.
  • Develops, reviews and edits communication materials from other functional areas where applicable (e.g., external, marketing communications, internal) for accuracy and consistency
  • Cultivates and maintains  client / stakeholder relationships, develops and executes engagement plans and activities in support of business objectives
  • Counsels and influences senior leaders to increase stakeholder engagement and advance the company reputation 
  • Uses impact and influence to secure buy-in/approval on communications strategy/approach 
  • Partners with in-house design team to execute creative concepts in alignment with overarching corporate messaging and brand standards
  • May be responsible for managing and developing direct reports in the future 
  • Performs additional duties as required

Areas of Expertise

  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills, both oral and written 
  • Proven self-starter with strong organizational and leadership skills delivering flawless team execution while paying attention to detail and meeting tight deadlines
  • Drive team resiliency and utilize influencing strategies to tackle opportunities and challenges 
  • Act as a liaison / facilitator to positively impact and influence across multiple stakeholder groups
  • Expert analytical skills, proven ability to lead in a rapidly changing environment, and manages team efficiency
  • Engaged business partner with strong stakeholder / client engagement, media relations and reputation management capabilities
  • Drive team execution in support of the company’s reputation plan, as well as individual business / client objectives
  • Stay abreast of industry issues / challenges and identify mitigation strategies to alleviate potential reputational risks for the company
  • Command of AP Style, while having strong and efficient writing competencies across digital and print platforms
  • Proven ability to multitask and deliver excellence under pressure
  • Experience supporting site leadership, business executives and/or C-suite
  • Demonstrates and applies emotional intelligence and holds team to the same standard
  • Models diversity, equity and inclusion behaviors, including engendering trust, respect and confidence 
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality and manage sensitive materials 
  • Demonstrates exceptional judgement and works effectively under pressure, constantly adjusting priorities as circumstances change 
  • Sets stretch targets for self to ensure high quality performance 
  • Perform any additional duties as required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field 
  • Minimum of 10+ years of post-qualification experience in a communications-related field with strong writing, verbal and presentation skills
  • Prior corporate communications experience working across functional teams and with business leaders on complex projects
  • Chemical industry or similar experience is preferred
  • Experience in Issues Management communications is preferred
  • Agency experience is a plus
  • Knowledge of AP style preferred
  • Languages: English; additional languages a plus




Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.


We have the potential — and responsibility — to use this scale and reach to make a positive impact across our value chains. That’s why we are working to make meaningful progress to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as reducing plastic waste in the environment, helping to mitigate climate change and contributing to a thriving society for our employees, the communities where we operate and the people who depend on our products. To learn more, click here.


Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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