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Internal Communications Specialist

Communications & Media
Irving Shipbuilding
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It is an exciting time to be a shipbuilder at Irving Shipbuilding, Canada’s National Shipbuilder.

Since 2012, we have invested more than $400 million in facilities, people, processes, and technology, making Halifax Shipyard one of the most modern and capable shipyards in the world. In September 2018, we launched Canada’s first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the largest Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years. And we’re just getting started. Over the next few decades our shipbuilders will construct 21 modern patrol ships and surface combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy.

We’re growing our team with career-defining opportunities that will revitalize Canada’s shipbuilding industry and provide the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy with the ships they need to protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad. Our workforce of over 1,900 will grow to more than 2,500 at peak construction of the Canadian Surface Combatants.

Reporting to the Communication Director, the Internal Communications Specialist is a newly created position that will lead the internal communications function at Irving Shipbuilding. Working collaboratively with teammates and across departments, the Internal Communications Specialist is a self-starter who will develop and implement a company-wide internal communications strategy to enhance employee engagement and keep team members informed about company priorities and initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a keen understanding of internal communications best practices and a proven track-record of developing and implementing effective internal communications programs at a large multi-site manufacturing organization.



Key Responsibilities:


  • Develop and implement a company-wide internal communication strategy 
  • Develop and execute work and communications plans to a defined calendar in support of departmental and organizational goals 
  • Plan, edit and write content for a variety of internal communications channels
  • Audit internal communication systems and provide recommendations for improvements
  • Develop content for and manage internal communication channels (e.g. employee newsletter, internal websites)
  • Provide graphic design support to projects for internal audiences (i.e. infographics, posters, brochures, etc.)
  • Coordinate special events and support public speaking engagements for senior leadership
  • Monitor the quality and accuracy of internal dashboards, digital screens, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and external partners to assist in the development of materials for publication via various channels including digital, social, and print
  • Participate in meetings, training sessions, and workshops and provide recommendations for improvements
  • Support employee recognition initiatives
  • Other duties/projects as assigned



  • Education: Post-secondary education in Public Relations, Communications, Business, Journalism, or related field
  • Years of Experience: 5+ years of communications experience, preferably combined with strong business acumen
  • Strong computer skills especially with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative suites
  • Experience in internal communications, preferably in a multi-site environment 
  • Proficiency in the creative development of content for digital channels including analytics and optimization 
  • Proficiency in the use of i-Movie
  • Demonstrated track record in prioritizing and time management to work within deadlines
  • Experience working in a unionized environment would be considered an asset
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Bilingual - Fluent in French and English would be an asset, but is not a requirement
  • Exceptional attention to detail

All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).



What We Offer:

Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision

To Apply for this Career Opportunity:

Please complete the online application form.  An up-to-date resume of past experience and education is required. 


All applications will be reviewed by one of our recruiters.  If the recruiter sees a potential opportunity (current or future) that matches your skills and experience, you will be contacted to discuss your qualifications for a position with Irving Shipbuilding


We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. 


To learn more about our products and services, click here.




Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment for all employees.


We do not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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