Corporate Communications & Policy Lead

  • Minato-ku, 13, Japan
  • Full-time

Company Description

Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams — People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more — provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block.

Job Description

Our Global Corporate Communications and Policy team is made up of tough, quick-witted, entrepreneurial, and intellectually curious people. We communicate to the world Block's purpose of economic empowerment and our mission to empower businesses, artists and individuals with easy-to-use, elegant tools that give them an advantage where they previously had none.

Block is looking for an extraordinary communications and policy professional to join our our team. You will protect and advocate for Block's brand globally and engage with Government and regulatory stakeholders. You will report to the Head of APAC Corporate Communications, and you will work with executives and teams across Block's business units in Japan. You will work cross-functionally and in partnership with other teams to synthesize and communicate complex subject matter with ease.

You will:

  • Lead communications for Block's business in Japan, including the corporate brand Block, as well as varying levels of support for our multiple business units

  • Lead communications and policy for Block in Japan, including partnering with our Policy lead for the region on political brand building activity that tells our story to elected officials, regulators and policymakers

  • Maintain an executive corporate speaking calendar and manage speaking opportunities in Japan for Block executives, and for our business partners

  • Represent Block with government officials including elected officials and regulators, in both proactive and reactive engagements

  • Protect Block, Inc's reputation and provide sound corporate communications counsel on a range of sensitive topics, including M&A, crises and issues and regulatory affairs

  • Manage ongoing media and government relations across Japan; maintain relationships with essential national business, financial and technology press in the market

  • Work with many teams inside Block, including finance, investor relations, legal, government relations, product, design, internal communications, and others.

  • Develop written materials, including company messaging and statements, press releases, government submissions, communications plans, FAQs, and other collateral

  • Be a spokesperson on crucial media interactions, including crisis communications and issues that might affect our business and corporate reputation

  • Understand complex policy documents with the ability to simplify for non-policy audiences

  • Oversee major corporate announcements

  • Work with and help manage outside consultants

Qualifications

You have:

  • 5+ years relevant work experience, either at a PR agency or on an in-house communications team.

  • Fluent Japanese and business English

  • Previous communications and/or policy experience with a consumer financial technology company and/or publicly-traded companies.

  • Experience pitching financial, business and technology publications

  • An understanding of the bigger-picture and experience advancing company narratives in the down-cycles between corporate announcements

  • Ability to synthesize complex concepts to create essential messages that are consistent but tailored to multiple partners

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Experience working with senior leadership and teams across an organization, including finance, legal, corporate development, investor relations, product, engineering, business, and customer support

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, based solely on the core competencies required of the role at hand, and without regard to any legally protected class.

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Perks

We want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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