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Vice President, HR Communications

Company: Western Digital Corporation
Location: San Jose
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Company Description

At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we've been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world's biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You'll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That's us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital--, G-Technology---, SanDisk-- and WD-- brands.

Today's exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It's You & Western Digital. Together, we're the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description

As Vice President, People Communications, you will be responsible for leading the strategic development and implementation of all global employee communications. In this role, you will build a new modern, employee communications function that creates and drives a compelling and cohesive narrative focused on defining the company's employee experience and engagement. Reporting into the company's SVP, Corporate Marketing, you will lead a global team responsible for creating communication strategies that highlight the innovation and value of our People programs. You and your team will play a vital role in communication activities with the goal of increasing global employee engagement and building a culturally aligned employee community.


  • Lead development and implementation of modern, global employee communication function that drives employee engagement, builds the company's culture and establishes effective foundational processes for collaborating with executive leaders and the People organization.
  • Define and build a People Communications organization that includes fundamental skills to develop relevant/relatable content, adopt modern employee communications tools and approaches, and incorporates creative thinking as critical to the team's operational model.
  • Partner with our People teams to provide senior counsel on best practices for global communications programs that support key HR functions and that align with a cohesive narrative and brand.
  • Drive innovative approaches that leverage modern technology to deliver key messages and narratives in more efficient and effective ways and that reach a diverse employee base located all around the world.
  • Lead the direction of an editorial team of writers in creating newsroom-style coverage for internal and external communications channels that tells the company's story through our people, programs and processes.
  • Lead ongoing executive listening/engagement strategies to understand employee perspectives and sentiments that are then incorporated into communications strategies.


    • Bachelor's degree with 15+ years of experience in leading internal/employee communications functions
    • Strong people leader with 10+ years of management experience
    • Proven record of incorporating modern communications techniques into employee communications strategies
    • Experience building a modern, employee communications function that supports a global and diverse employee community
    • Experience communicating to a global employee audience using all relevant communication channels
    • Experience with or exposure to strategic change management and change communication strategies preferred
    • Ability to lead the creation of compelling communications - written, presentations, verbal
    • Ability to work in a fast paced, continuously evolving, and at times ambiguous environment
    • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and project management skills
    • Ability to take the initiative and problem solve
    • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills
    • Creative and innovative thinker with the ability to develop innovative communication strategies
    • Experience with web publishing and social media platforms

      Additional Information

      Western Digital is committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on their race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender (including a person's gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster.

      Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers, and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect and contribution.

      Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process. Please contact us at [email protected] to advise us of your accommodation request. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.

Keywords: Western Digital Corporation, San Jose , Vice President, HR Communications, Human Resources , San Jose, California

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