Merrick Pet Care
  • 05-Jul-2017 to 03-Aug-2017 (CST)
  • Customer Service
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, Long Term Care, Paid Time Off, 401k, Paid Holidays

Position Title: Communications Coordinator

Position Reporting To: Communications Manager

Company Information:

Founded in 1988, Texas-based Merrick Pet Care, Inc. is a leader in natural and organic pet food. With a mission to create the most nutritious and wholesome food, Merrick families take better care of their pets by cooking up nutritious real whole foods for pets. All foods are made using only the freshest ingredients grown by local farmers. The company offers a wide variety of dry and wet foods, as well as treats, that are available nationally at independent pet specialty stores, Petco, and online via select retailers. In April 2012, Merrick Pet Care Inc. acquired Castor & Pollux and its ORGANIX, Natural Ultramix and Good Buddy food and treats for pets. These brands are available at PetSmart, natural grocery, and online via select retailers. For more information, visit or

         Company Benefits:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • 401k matching program
  • Comprehensive health benefits package
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) plus company holiday schedule (10 days)
  • Company computer. Tablet, home internet expense and cell phone for approved positions
  • Car allowance (sales associates)
  • Education reimbursement program
  • Pet Adoption Program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Extensive on-the-job training
  • Leadership and career development opportunities

Position Summary:

Pet parents make the decisions about what is best for their pets. At Merrick Natural Petworks, Inc., our job is to know what motivates and inspires them. We put pet parents at the center of everything we do.

Our communications mission is to drive connections with pet parents through a variety of channels. We are committed to creating deep, credible and authentic connections with pet parents and our employees through inspiration, innovation and the growth stories of our business.

We're looking for a communications professional to join our team to plan, manage and execute brand, corporate reputation and employee engagement communications efforts for both Merrick Pet Care and Castor & Pollux Natural Petworks.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead day-to-day execution of communications plan working closely with marketing and communications teams
  • Develop key media relationships on brands' behalf with pet and industry outlets
  • Contribute to internal communications and key employee engagement efforts
  • Support other corporate communications efforts including: crisis and issues management
  • Play active role in the development and execution of brand social media efforts
  • Support team with preparation of presentations and programs, writing, editing and proofreading of materials for variety of audiences; production and logistics oversight for videos, events and media relations efforts
  • Measure and analyze key metrics to build more impactful communications programs
  • Develop and distribute reports that get read and acted upon

Basic Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications or related field
  • 2+ years' professional work experience in public relations, with 1+ years Social Media experience and 1+ years working with external agency or agencies.
    • Consumer packaged goods and/or pet industry experience preferred


  • Results oriented work ethic
  • Self-starter, comfortable in a dynamic organization that is rapidly growing
  • Insight
  • Integrity

Key Functional Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated results with program development and project management from beginning to end
  • Strong writing and editing experience including media materials, as well as messaging, letters and events
  • An adept understanding and usage digital communications
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of a variety of social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest etc.)
  • Solid presentation, written, verbal and visual communication skills
  • Ability to gain a deep understanding of the category and marketplace


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