About the job

As a leading global animal health company, Elanco delivers innovative products and services to improve the health of pets and farm animals around the world because we believe making animals’ lives better, makes life better. Since 1954, we have provided solutions that support veterinarians, farmers and pet owners to advance our vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life. Elanco’s promise to employees: Together, we foster an inclusive culture where everyone can make a difference, encouraging ownership, growth and well-being.

The Sr. Director of Executive Communications and Thought Leadership is responsible for strengthening Elanco’s corporate reputation as a leader and changemaker in animal health. The role creates strategic thought leadership platforms that enhance Elanco’s vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life, amplify the company’s position as a leader within the Animal Health industry, as well as well as assessing and advancing the executive’s social strategy. This role works collaboratively with internal and external partners to uncover and define opportunities to develop compelling content rooted in science and aligned with Elanco’s values and business objectives.


  • Unique opportunity to develop strategic thought leadership platforms, narratives and content campaigns, collaborating with a CEO to advance business goals and advocate for issues of importance to customers.
  • Coordinates with Global Corporate Communications colleagues, Global Government Relations and Market Access, Global Marketing, etc
  • Identifying and securing key external engagement opportunities (keynotes, events, media relationships, online) where Elanco leaders can share content, providing content support and coaching to do so
  • Creating news opportunities, as well as fully leveraging business actions to drive top-tier media coverage.
  • Supporting financial communications, including preparation of earnings materials as well as investor conference messaging
  • Developing and implementing integrated and fluid executive social media strategies and content
  • Supporting creation and implementation of CEO’s employee engagement strategies to help foster team dialogue and better alignment to the business strategy, building trust and confidence in management, ultimately impacting company culture and morale.
  • Developing and managing project plans; communicate changes and progress and implement swift and decisive procedures to optimize opportunities and resolve issues.
  • Defining benchmarks and standards to measure the impact of thought leadership initiatives on targeted business outcomes.
  • Managing multiple stakeholder relationships with diverse groups and proactively drive delivery
  • Managing budgets, contracts and external resources for thought leadership projects.
  • Managing direct reports and supervising priorities, deadlines and projects that may involve multiple contributors to achieve measurable results in an environment of involvement and team work. Effectively coaches others in developing their skills and abilities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, English, or Public Relations
  • 15+ years’ experience within Communications or Marketing

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Previous experience in agriculture/animal/food industry communications with excellent communication skills: written, social, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Ability to clearly communicate ideas, with appropriate frequency and detail to all levels of the organization and partners.
  • Ability to identify and create change to drive improved engagement and results.
  • Ability to collaborate and involve others in the brainstorming and decision-making process. Continuously seeks feedback for improvement and goal achievement.
  • Experience in developing and implementing communications plans.
  • Experience with social/digital strategy, particularly supporting executives with personal channels
  • Ability to think strategically and broadly and translate strategy into action
  • Proven ability to network and influence members of company management at all levels. Must be comfortable and confident in interacting with, making recommendations to, and providing feedback to leaders across the company and in support of communications.
  • Priority-setting and project management
  • Proven learning agility and ability to perform tasks independently with little hands-on management

Additional Information:

  • Up to 20% domestic and international travel
  • Passport required
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States.

Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status