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Media Relations & External Communications Manager 



Marketing & Communications
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023


For this role it essential that you speak and write Dutch perfectly!

This is a must have skill.

Location: Hofplein, Rotterdam – the Netherlands

Full-time/flexible working options are also open for discussion

Local conditions apply

For the recruitment of this position, we would like to emphasize that local conditions apply to the position and for this vacancy in principle we will first consider candidates based in the Netherlands. If you are based outside of the Netherlands and you are interested to apply, please feel free to do so but we can only take your application on if a decision is made to also recruit outside of the Netherlands.


The role of Media Relations & External Communications Manager in the Netherlands is designed to build trust and unlock growth by positioning Unilever as the global leader in sustainable business through engagement with external stakeholders with a focus on Media.

The role will have an external facing remit (media relations, social media, issue management and external affairs), offers experience in both global communications as well as market specific communication and has a strong focus on the Dutch media/political/NGO environment.

We are looking for a media relations and external communications expert with high energy and strong bias for action who is delivery focused and brings creative energy and confidence in a dynamic and fast-paced external environment.

The ideal candidate must have proven experience (5+ years) and a strong network in media relations, broad knowledge of the Dutch political and external affairs arena, independent thinking, strong judgement, outstanding writing- & digital skills, and ability to proactively manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

The role offers the opportunity to support strengthen Unilever’s position as a sustainable and future-fit business, share Unilever successes and challenges with great amount of (public) transparency by developing external engagement strategies with creativity across relevant external audiences.


  • Crafting and proactive pitching of future fit content to Dutch mainstream media;

  • Spokesperson for Dutch media, as part of the global Media Relations-team (including publication of Unilever’s quarterly results);

  • Prepare external engagements for senior management (board / executive team), incl. developing briefing papers, writing speeches & keynotes, formulating key messages;

  • Issue management for both the Unilever corporate brand as well as individual brands;

  • Media monitoring and identification of new media leads;

  • Develop professional network with external stakeholders (incl. media, societal organisations and business partners, as well as internal network (incl. senior management / executives and experts)


  • Global Media Relations and External Affairs networks

  • NL Leadership Team

  • Business Groups Communication teams


  • For this role it essential that you speak and write Dutch perfectly!

This is a must have skill.

  • Confidence, drive, self starter, strong judgement, bias for action.

  • Keen interest in the Dutch media, political, societal- and academic landscape.

  • Proven networking abilities, and experienced at managing a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Combines business awareness with the ability to understand complex topics translating those to translate compelling stories.

  • Strong digital skills.

  • Highly organised and able to deal with multiple priorities simultaneously, as well as flexibility to adapt to changing priorities.

  • Experienced in change management.

  • Culturally sensitive and embracing diversity.


  • A 5+ years of media relations experience.

  • Profound knowledge of sustainability topics (Climate / Net-Zero, Nature, Circular Economy, Social welfare / livelihoods).

  • Consistent delivering in a fast-paced environment.

  • Track record of managing both corporate and brand-specific issues.

  • Effective juggling of multiple deliverables simultaneously.

Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world. We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

  • Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme.

  • Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever.

  • Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained.

  • We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy.

  • Under the Hybrid Working principles, you will be expected to spend a minimum of 40% in the office or at customers, suppliers or partners to connect and collaborate. For the time you work from home, we will ensure you are well equipped. When you are at the office , you can enjoy our tasty canteen with prepped food and own products.

  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products.

  • My Fitness Plan (reduction on your Fitness Subscription).

  • Home work allowance

  • Company laptop and mobile phone

  • Green Mobility Policy.


Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, parenthood, pregnancy or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against.

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.

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