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Director / Senior Director, Investor Relations / Corporate Communication

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Director/Sr. Director of IR and Corporate Communications will lead all investor relations and corporate communications activities for Achaogen including working with the senior leadership team and functional heads to define the investor and corporate communications strategy as well as operationalizing that strategy. The Director/SD will serve as the primary contact with the company’s investment and reporter communities. The role is that of an experienced leader who, in a highly proactive manner, oversees the development and execution of a multi-year, strategic and integrated IR/corporate communications plan that is aligned with Achaogen’s long-range goals. An understanding of company strategy, operations, clinical development, business development and financial performance is required.


Essential Functions:

  • Lead investor relations and corporate communications strategy, planning and content development with senior leadership team and relevant functional experts. Ensure execution of external communications are timely, accurate, and achieve plan objectives, and include all necessary internal/external constituents. Develop and maintain an IR/Corporate Communications calendar of events.
  • Collaborate with external agencies (IR, communications) to leverage expertise and support from a virtual IR/Communications team.
  • Lead quarterly earnings conference call process, including production of external communications content, conference call logistics and review of SEC filings as needed.
  • Create and maintain the revision/distribution of external communications content (press releases, conference call scripts, Q&A’s).
  • Maintain and update the corporate presentation, ensuring a clear and compelling investment thesis; develop IR/Corporate Communications updates for Board meetings as needed.
  • Support website development and maintenance with ownership for all corporate and investor pages as well as LinkedIn page updates.
  • Support finance team as needed through proxy season/annual shareholder meeting and, if needed, development of CEO letter for 10-K wrap.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with both existing and targeted new institutional investors and research analysts while providing accurate disclosure about the company; work closely with legal team to ensure RegFD rules are followed.
  • Manage and attend investor conferences and non-deal roadshows, including one-on-one meeting scheduling, and related logistics/bio’s; target and track institutional investors and peer company holdings; manage investor relations contact database.
  • Follow the markets, understand and summarize what analysts and investors are saying, and prepare monthly and ad hoc summaries for senior management to review.
  • Provide market intelligence internally on company and peer stock trading activity
  • In partnership with other departments, monitor competitor, regulatory, and broader external environment to understand potential impact on Achaogen’s business.

Required Experience and Education:

  • At least 10 years of experience in investor relations (in addition, corporate communications experience preferred), investment banking, equity research, or buy-side investing, particularly with a focus on biotechnology or pharmaceuticals
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced science degree or MBA preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial markets and drug development/commercialization
  • Current US work authorization

Preferred Experience:

  • Strong communication skills, including verbal and written
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with proven ability to build and maintain relationships with company executives, investors and analysts
  • Strong existing relationships with research analysts and institutional investors preferred
  • Ability to rapidly learn, on-the-job, about Achaogen strategy, R&D, and new disease areas, including a facility with technical information, such as preclinical/clinical data, mechanisms of action, etc.
  • Attention to detail and the ability and desire to meet the changing demands of a rapidly growing organization
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise judgment and discretion
  • Knowledge of regulations and principles specific to communications for a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company and a commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards
  • Experience managing multiple projects (timelines, budgets, priorities) simultaneously, ability to balance proactive/planning with reactive elements of the position
  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally in a team environment; actively driving strong teamwork and collaboration with a company-wide perspective
  • Can-do attitude with a willingness to roll-up the sleeves and work independently when needed
  • A highly ethical straight-shooter who is careful about guidance, avoids overpromising, and sticks to the facts (understands and values importance of regulatory and financial compliance)
  • Willingness and ability to travel primarily domestically and internationally
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive
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