Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and working closely with the senior management team, he/she will assist in the development and execution of a strategic, proactive and analytically based investor relations program. The role will have both internal and external responsibilities including providing investor/market intelligence to senior leadership, analyzing competitor results, mining the organization for relevant operating and financial information to help the company more effectively tell its story, and educating investors and analysts on the company’s business strategies and performance.
The Director, Investor Relations will play a critical role in supporting the development and execution of AECOM’s overall investor relations strategy, ensuring consistency and differentiation in the company’s message, a full understanding of the dynamics affecting the stock price, building and maintaining key relationships with investors, and identifying new and potential investors in the company’s stock.
This individual will be involved in the development and preparation of all communications and activities directed to the investment community including earnings announcements; telephone requests; Q&A’s; conferences; investor visits; one-on-one meetings; the annual report; shareholder meetings; a variety of presentations and the Investor Relations website. He/she will partner with the Senior Vice President to develop appropriate messages for the investment community and to ensure that communications are disseminated promptly, efficiently, and in accordance with all regulations. Market surveillance and investor targeting activities are also a key responsibility of this role.
Specific duties include:
- Track, analyze and maintain in-depth understanding of analyst valuation models to ensure the company understands expectations and assumed value drivers. Serve as secondary point of contact between the investment community and the company. Deepen and broaden relationships with the sell-side and buy-side. Respond to all requests from the market in a timely and accurate manner.
- Primary point person for the management, aggregation and analysis of inputs for quarterly earnings. Partner closely with other key staff functions (e.g. FP&A, treasury, tax, legal, communications, external reporting) as well as with regional business units to ensure IR receives timely and relevant information.
- Assist in the development of key messages for all investor communications including remarks and talking points for annual meetings, quarterly conference calls, press releases, filings, Q&A’s, industry conferences, one-on-one visits, IR website, etc. Measure message penetration to ensure audiences are appropriately informed. Assist in preparing management for financial community presentations and questions.
- Oversee targeting process. Work directly with company’s surveillance firm and SVP’s executive assistant to monitor investor base including tracking interim updates, 13F filings, and updating database to track all interactions. In addition, work with the SVP to develop and execute marketing program including the prioritization of targets, determining conference participation and cadence of meetings with the market, measuring the ROI of targeting, and creating monthly reports to update CFO on status of shareholder base.
- Serve as IR point person in LA office, develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with all key staff functions and across entire finance organization as well as other key staff relationships such as legal and HR. Assist in special project work at the request of FP&A, CFO and others. Work dynamically with Corporate Finance team and other key functions/business areas to ensure that IR function is adequately informed and supported.
- Work closely with SVP IR, legal and HR on corporate governance including monitoring emerging issues, preparation of proxy, communications with ISS as well as proactive outreach to key investors on critical proxy issues.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will have proven financial experience and/or held a leadership position in key finance roles such as FP&A, accounting, corporate finance or strategy. Other desirable backgrounds include management consulting, investment banking/capital markets, and either buy or sell side equity research. Prior experience as the second in command in IR is a plus but not a requirement. Experience in the E&C sector is strongly desired.
The successful candidate will have/be:
- Exceptional business acumen. An in-depth understanding of the global capital markets, and a comprehensive and current knowledge of SEC regulations, reporting and disclosure requirements.
· For someone with IR experience - an established reputation with the investment community, based on credibility, consistency, visibility, access, and depth and breadth of knowledge.
· Clear and thorough grasp of the financial modeling used by investment professionals to value an organization’s performance. Particular strength in utilizing metrics to help articulate the business drivers.
· A natural communicator. Strong oral and written communication skills, in addition to strong presentation skills.
· A superior listener who has a proven ability to influence - persuasive, organized, and articulate.
· Excellent executive presence, strong interpersonal skills, superior intellect, and an outstanding ability to build relationships both internally and externally. An active and effective leader.
· A self-starter who can work autonomously, while also being an energetic, efficient, and resourceful team player.
- Understanding the Business
Knows the business and the mission-critical technical and functional skills needed to do the job; understands various types of business propositions and understands how businesses operate in general; learns new methods and technologies easily.
- Keeping on Point
Can quickly separate the mission-critical from the nice to dos and the trivials; quickly senses what’s the next most useful thing to work on; focuses on the critical few tasks that really add value and puts aside or delays the rest.
- Getting Organized
Is well organized, resourceful, and planful; effective and efficient at marshalling multiple resources to get things done; lays out tasks in sufficient detail to mark the trail; is able to get things done with less and in less time; can work on multiple tasks at once without losing track; foresees and plans around obstacles.
- Focusing on Action and Outcomes
Attacks everything with drive and energy with an eye on the bottom line; not afraid to initiate action before all the facts are known; drives to finish everything he/she starts.
- Being Organizationally Savvy
Maneuvers well to get things done; “maze bright” and operates smoothly across boundaries; knows where to go to get what he/she needs; politically aware and agile; knows what the right thing to do is; presents views and arguments well.
- Communicating Effectively
Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across.
- Relating Skills
Warm, friendly, and interpersonally agile; easy to approach and talk to; relates well to all kinds of people; makes a pleasant first impression and builds solid relationships.
A Bachelor’s degree is required.
MBA, CFA and/or CPA.
What We Offer
AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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