Google South Africa Recruits Communications Manager

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11 Jun, 2014

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Communications Jobs in South Africa

As a member of the Global Communications & Public Affairs team, you will work cross-functionally to help communicate with journalists and other thought leaders; devise specific communications materials and campaigns based on understanding of journalists’ interests; engage in face-to-face meetings with commentators and other opinion formers; develop print and web-based material supporting these campaigns; and counter misinformation that might interfere with our business and ability to serve our users. We’re looking for great communicators who can understand complex issues and explain them in person and also via well written, simple blog posts, FAQs, video scripts and more.

As Communications Manager, you are a very strong writer who can process complex technology issues and explain them in clear language internally and externally. Based in Johannesburg, you will report to the Head of Communications for Israel, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, based in Tel Aviv.


  • Manage Google’s day-to-day relationship with the media in South Africa.
  • Be proactive with reactive media relations.
  • Support the team in the execution of Google’s strategic external communications plan.
  • Work with the EMEA Communications and Public Affairs team to create and implement imaginative, focused PR campaigns to launch and promote Google products.


Minimum qualifications

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience.


Preferred qualifications
  • Extensive experience in communications (consumer, corporate or public affairs), as well as experience of the technology and/or media sectors.
  • A creative imagination capable of promoting new products in an exciting but practical way.
  • The ability to think strategically and to learn quickly.
  • A team approach to work, and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Strong attention to detail and a well organized, structured approach to work.
  • Outstanding written and oral presentation skills in English.



It’s our job to help inform and educate users, advertisers, partners, opinion leaders–and our own employees–about the benefits of Google’s products, our distinctive company culture/values, and our approach to the big public policy issues of the day. We are looking for quick-witted, entrepreneurial and intellectually curious people to join the team. To succeed here, you’ll need to be able to combine creativity with the organizational skills to manage numerous different projects to tight deadlines simultaneously, as well as enjoy pitching to all kinds of journalists, bloggers and commentators (we find it hard too!), or producing internal communications and events for our employees. Things happen quickly at Google and to get stuff done here you need to be an enthusiastic team player – a self-starter who can work cross-functionally and isn’t frightened to take risks or try out new ways of doing things.

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