139JB Associate Director / Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications


Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for executing the global investor relations program (in collaboration with the Chief Executive). This will include executing strategic planning, corporate analysis and portfolio planning initiatives. This role will be responsible for developing and executing the IR strategy, operating plans, budget, and global IR program. The primary operating objective of the IR program is to educate and update investors and security analysts about the company to achieve a fair relative stock price. The primary objective of the Strategic Planning program is to engage in scenario analysis, market assessment, forecasting and portfolio planning for the Company.

Primary Responsibilities

Investor Relations Strategy, Plan, and Execution

  • Develops the IR strategy, operating plan, and budget in collaboration with the CFO
  • Executes the IR program
  • Educates and updates investors and analysts
  • Executes the creation of publications and electronic media used in the IR program. Supervises the data collection, analysis, writing and editing, and production of those materials.
  • Leads presentations and discussions in the IR program
  • Educates and updates investors and analysts
  • Keeps shareholders knowledgeable about the company
  • Finds, supports, and encourages prospective investors by broadening awareness and interest through conferences, presentations, meetings, media, and mailings
  • Responds to investor targets-of-opportunity created by presentations, meetings, and media
  • Hosts conference calls, prepares conference call scripts and practice questions (with answers when needed), and leads practice sessions
  • Uses statistical targeting to identify good-fit institutional investors; contacts the analysts at those institutions to verify possible interest and to encourage interest and investment
  • In collaboration with the CFO, supports the investors’ decision-making processes through visits to institutions, individual meetings, visits by analysts and investors to company plants, and visits with appropriate other senior leaders
  • Supports security analysts in brokerage firms
  • Contracts for and directs the capital markets database and intelligence system that supports the investor relations program
  • Creates or assists in creating the publications and electronic media used in the IR program
  • Annual report: design, production, and delivery
  • Quarterly results and other news releases: collaborates in creating
  • Periodic update of the outlook for the quarter and or year results: collaborates with CFO
  • SEC filings: collaborates with the CEO, CFO, and VP Legal
  • Substitute leader of conference calls, both for quarterly results and special events
  • Executes webcasts, usually in conjunction with conference calls and investment conference presentations. Contracts for webcasts
  • Collaborates with the CFO on the IR website section and content
  • Supports the IR website archive of historical information for investors
  • Collaborates with company marketing and company advertising
  • Assists with media news stories
  • Supports the Annual Meeting of Analysts & Investors
  • Supports presentations at broker-sponsored conferences and meetings
  • Supports presentations at company-hosted conferences and meetings
  • Discussions with analysts and review of draft reports for accuracy of publicly disclosed information
  • Supports visits by the CFO and other senior leaders to institutional investors
  • Supports visits by investors to the company headquarters
  • Gives presentations at internal company meetings

Strategic Planning

  • Collaborates on company decisions that will create value for shareholders
  • Provides competitive intelligence from Wall Street to the other company leaders and appropriate operations. Collaborates with Business Development.
  • Performs market studies and analyses
  • Collaborates with Financial Reporting, Financial Analysis, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, Legal, and others, as needed
  • Collaborates on and assists with trade shows and special events
  • Assists with annual, general, and special shareholder meetings (collaborates with the General Counsel, Secretary, and head of Shareholder Services for those meetings, as needed)

Experience and Education Requirements

  • 7+ years’ of experience in investor relations, finance, marketing, strategy consulting, planning and development, or corporate communication positions for a public company or professional services firm
  • Direct experience with the bio-pharmaceutical industry
  • Outstanding financial and investment analysis skills, oral and written communication skills, and presentation ability
  • A clear and thorough understanding of the financial modeling techniques used by security analysts to project a company’s operating and financial performance and the resulting value for its stock
  • An in-depth understanding of the financial and investment markets and the ability to establish new relationships in new industries quickly
  • A strong understanding of the bio-pharmaceutical industry
  • A good understanding of strategic communication, public relations, marketing, advertising, and the media
  • An emerging reputation with the investment community, based on credibility, consistency, visibility, access, and depth and breadth of knowledge
  • Strong interpersonal skills, superior intellect, and an outstanding ability to communicate using these qualities and skills
  • An energetic, efficient, and resourceful team player and individual contributor
  • An active and effective leader
  • A person with an insatiable appetite to learn more
  • College degree required, with a master’s degree highly desirable; scientific background preferred

Further Recruiting Information
For additional information about aTyr Pharma, please visit our website at www.atyrpharma.com.

In addition to a competitive compensation package with stock options and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan, aTyr Pharma also offers a comprehensive benefits package for our employees and their families, which includes medical, dental, life, disability and a 401(k) matching contribution.

For consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter referencing “#139JB” to jobs@atyrpharma.com. aTyr Pharma, Inc. is an EEO employer.