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Head of Investor Relations

Greater Copenhagen, DK
BRIEF COMPANY PROFILE
Our client is a fast-growing, fully integrated Copenhagen-based biotechnology company with more than 20 years of experience within discovery, design and development of innovative peptide-based medicines.

With a highly attractive pipeline, our client is a unique success story in Danish biotech, who are passionate about improving the quality of life for patients with
metabolic and gastrointestinal diseases, and other specialty or rare disease areas with
significant unmet medical needs.
 
 
THE POSITION
The Head of Investor Relations reports to the Chief Financial Officer and will be a key stakeholder in shaping the global investor relations and external communications for our client.

With the overall responsibility for investor relations activities, as well as corporate and capital markets communication, the position has a tremendous impact on the investor community’s perception of our client. Hence, the ideal candidate possesses the ability to navigate efficiently and communicate appropriately with investors, equity analysts and other stakeholders. The job requires excellent capabilities within long-term financial operations and preferably a deep understanding of the global pharma/biotech industry.

The Head of IR will be responsible for building up the IR function from scratch, initially with focus on the Nordic investor community and subsequently the broader European and U.S. investor communities. The role will entail frequent interaction with top management and will be focal in executing our client’s global ambition to deliver superior shareholder satisfaction and profitable growth.
 
 
POSITION PROFILE
Position title:
 
Head of Investor Relations.
Reporting line:
 
Chief Financial Officer
Location: Copenhagen.
   
Traveling: Travel between Denmark and US based offices on an as needed basis.
   
Responsibilities:
 
Investor relations:
  • Creating a high-performing IR and Comms function which is fully compliant with all relevant laws and regulations covering listed companies.
  • Developing global leadership of the global markets’ strategy in line with the corporate strategy.
  • Managing and overseeing an active investor relations calendar, including the planning and execution of investor conferences, non-deal roadshows and other investor-related events, and investor calls.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with current and potential investors; providing equity analysts and investors with accurate and timely information about the company strategy.
  • Providing strategic analysis of issues and determining appropriate proactive and reactive messaging to enhance and improve the organization’s reputation in support of the vision and overall strategy.

Communication:
  • Leading strategic communications development with an IR focus, including preparing investor presentations, developing earnings releases and the annual report, creating background material, handouts, management Q&As, conference call scripts, and any other securities filings.
  • Managing external IR and Corporate Communications partners.
    • Bringing knowledge to and communicate with the Nordic investor community and later broader European and US investor communities.
    • Responding to investor inquires and interactions while ensuring appropriate media surveillance.
    • Providing strategic and crisis communication advice and guidelines to top management regarding media issues as well as the public relations implications of key business decisions in crisis situations.
       
Stakeholder management:
  • Advising management on the potential impact of business initiatives on the market and shareholders and how to communicate these to the investment community effectively.
  • Working with commercial and other key departments to ensure unified and streamlined communications efforts.
  • Leading and developing strong partnerships with external firms and consultants to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget.
   
Key success criteria:
 
  • Strengthen the Nordic investor community footprint.
  • Plan and develop IR roadshows targeting the Nordic investor community (1st priority).
    • Successful execution of phase 1 of the Nordic roadshow.
  • Plan IR roadshow for Europe and US (2nd priority)
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with current and potential investors and advance investor engagement.
 
CANDIDATE PROFILE
Educational background: The ideal candidate holds a M.Sc.-level degree.
   
Language: Superior English skills (verbal and written).
   
Ideal experience:
  • Many years of experience with Nordic/European/ US investor communities – preferably from a pharma/biotech or other healthcare related organization.
  • Proven track-record of delivering clear consistent messaging of scientific and clinical concepts across multiple stakeholders / audiences.
  • Well-versed in investor interactions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial markets and preferably drug development.
  • Proven track-record of superior financial and investment analysis capabilities, including clear and thorough understanding of financial modelling and valuation techniques used by financial and investment professionals.
   
Personal & leadership competencies: Communication
Excellent verbal and written English and cross-cultural communication and presentation skills. Able to communicate complex scientific and financial issues in a clear and straightforward way

Take control/responsibility
Makes sure stakeholders and management have a clear understanding of the direction and time horizon of the tasks and strategy; drives projects forward to reach pivotal objectives; makes things happen and follows through.

Versatile
Is deadline orientated with a versatility to juggle multiple tasks.

Entrepreneurial
Is proactive, self-motivated and enjoys building up things from scratch.


Confidently robust
Is naturally self-confident, reliable, trustworthy and able to take severe decisions, while withstanding adverse conditions. Encourages the achievement of set goals by promoting a sense of purpose and demonstrates strong drive, stamina, natural authority, and responsibility, while prompting a strong wish to support and lead the team to success.

Empathetic team player
Displays a high degree of empathy and employs this trait to collaborate well with others with a view to obtain the team's objectives; shares information; supports others. Team player who can work independently as well as collaborate with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure streamlined messaging around our client’s corporate strategy and future value creation proposition.

Judgment
Makes rational, realistic and sound decisions based on the involvement of available facts and possibilities. I

Analytical
Utilizes critical thinking. Maintains overview in situations that requires quick decisions, including a holistic view to quality and delivery. Intelligently divides problems into relevant parts, sensitively integrates analytical output into a given context and differentiates between key areas and irrelevant and less important areas. Applies a logical mind-set and makes sensible decisions based on available information and a strong business understanding.

Strategic mind
Looks beyond the immediate difficulties and focuses on the far-reaching consequences; sees things in a broad perspective; takes tendencies in the environment into account when planning and developing strategies.
   
Intercultural understanding

Able to communicate with people from other cultures; operates effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

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