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Vice President of Investor Relations

  • Department: Finance
  • Location: United States - Remote

Vice President of Investor Relations

Overview

The Vice President, Investor Relations (VPIR) will report directly to the CFO and work closely with the CEO and is responsible for creating and presenting a clear and confident message to the investment community on behalf of Guidewire. This role will be responsible for monitoring and presenting to management and the Board of Directors the opinions of the investment community regarding Guidewire performance, industry trends, and actions that may affect the company's share price, in effect being the voice of the investor internally. We are looking for an IR executive who can operate in a highly strategic fashion and who can be a thought leader at Guidewire. This role will entail the timely and accurate production of an annual Investor Relations plan, an understanding of our industry and competitors (including financial metrics and differentiations), help build our presentations, press releases, all quarterly earnings-related content, and contribute to the development of annual reports, SEC filings, and proxy statements. The VPIR will also be responsible for driving Guidewire's Analyst Day and will act as a business partner to the c-suite on all investor-related issues.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a proactive investor relations strategy and program, ensuring that the company's business strategy and progress is understood by the analyst and investor community
  • Act as a key spokesperson to the investment community with the role of educating interested parties on financial performance, industry trends, and business model transition
  • Lead the quarterly earnings process, which includes creating all communication materials, drafting earnings releases, call scripts, accompanying presentations, as well as preparing talking points and relevant Q&A
  • Manage expectations with the investment community such that there is no mismatch between Guidewire's business performance expectations and investor expectations
  • Prepare key investment messages and presentations to communicate financial performance, business conditions, and company strategy to sell-side analysts and institutional investors
  • Maintain a working example of the models used by sellside analysts to predict company performance
  • Anticipate and address investor and analyst issues. Build relationships, respond in a timely manner to analysts' questions, and gain better understanding of top investors' behaviors
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with analysts and investors, and other members of Guidewire executive team
  • Maintain an active schedule of Investor meetings, conferences and NDRs
  • Provide practical and meaningful Investor Relations support to Guidewire senior management including counseling and advising executives in regard to conference calls, external presentations, financial releases, and investor visits
  • Collaborate closely with Corporate Communications to ensure a consistent message on branding and strategy
  • Assess the mix of the investor base and create an annual plan to target and attract long-term investors, to expand and maintain key investors' ownership positions, and to keep the financial community current on company performance, growth strategies, and industry issues
  • Build an in-depth understanding of Guidewire operations, financials, businesses, accounting, and key metrics
  • Maintain strong company and sector expertise; stay current on all company and related industry activity in order to be responsive to investors and media and to communicate effectively with management
  • Manage and participate in investment conferences, and organize non-deal roadshows as applicable
  • Generate periodic reports to management on market and valuation trends
  • Manage the investor relations content on the company web site
  • Ensure consistent and up-to-date presentation of company information in third-party publications 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to build relationships with and interact effectively with investors and financial analysts, as well as executive management, peers, and subordinates to gain cooperation from others, including those in other departments
  • Confidence and a proven ability to communicate both orally and in writing, including the dissemination of financial performance and related information
  • Previous IR, sellside research or buyside experience
  • Possess a strong network of investment community relationships, including investors, analysts, rating agencies and financial media
  • Strong financial analysis skills, broad industry knowledge and sophisticated understanding of investor relations
  • Strong communications skills, including messaging around financial metrics and reporting for multi-national entities
  • Experience in software and subscription business model (recurring revenue and cost structure)
  • A strong willingness to learn and the ability to work with multiple personality types 

About Guidewire

Guidewire is the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently.

Guidewire combines core, data, digital, analytics, and AI to deliver our platform as a cloud service. 380 insurers, including the largest and most complex in the world, run on Guidewire.

As a partner to our customers, we continually evolve to enable their success. We are proud of our unparalleled implementation track record with 700+ successful projects, supported by the largest R&D team and partner ecosystem in the industry. Our marketplace provides hundreds of add-ons that accelerate integration, localization, and innovation.

Guidewire Software Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All offers are contingent upon passing a criminal history and other background checks where it's applicable to the position.

Guidewire Software Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All offers are contingent upon passing a criminal history and other background checks where it's applicable to the position.