Investor Relations Associate

Pay: Competitive

Location: Flexible including remote working, but frequent travel to Holborn required

This is a key role within a high performing and close-knit team, where you will play an instrumental role in supporting the efficient and effective operation of all Sainsbury’s Investor Relations activity. Your responsibilities will include co-ordinating an effective programme of investor engagement, organising internal and external events, ensuring the smooth delivery of results announcements and producing financial and competitor analysis. This is a highly desirable and varied role with direct exposure to the CEO, CFO and Operating Board. It’s a fantastic learning opportunity, giving a unique oversight of Sainsbury’s strategic narrative and external communications. 

As an Investor Relations Associate you’ll receive a host of great benefits. As well as a competitive salary and discretionary bonus, you will receive a huge range of learning and development opportunities, 25 days’ holiday, a save-as-you-earn scheme, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.

Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how and where they work, combining remote and collaborative working, and giving them plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals.

What I need to do

  • Co-ordinate and schedule investor meetings and play an instrumental role in organising events such as Capital Markets Days, investor updates and store tours. Support the IR team to design the most effective programme of investor engagement
  • Manage the logistics for Prelims, Interims and quarterly trading statement calls, webcasts and internal communications, managing strong relationships with third party suppliers
  • Produce financial analysis to support Prelims, Interims and trading statement announcements and to drive insight into Sainsbury’s, competitors and market performance
  • Support the maintenance of the consensus of recommendations and estimates for the sell-side analysts that cover Sainsbury’s, ensuring it is up to date and reported on the website accurately
  • CRM system management - maintain a database of investor contacts, track meeting requests and engagements, develop investor Targeting list and perform benchmarking analysis 
  • Organise UK and overseas investor roadshow trips for IR team and CFO/CEO including  preparation of schedules, investor briefing notes and travel arrangements, using tools in the Ingage platform and support from external brokers and the exec team PA’s
  • Manage all Investor Relations queries received to the business through email, forwarding as appropriate to other teams for response and following up on outstanding actions
  • Attend key Shareholder and investor meetings and analyse feedback
  • Attend key internal strategic meetings with the Operating board and external advisors
  • Produce and distribute regular IR communication to senior stakeholders such as the Operating and PLC board, including market performance and competitor analysis
  • Support with writing a weekly Brokers Note email for distribution to the business summarising key analyst notes written each week
  • Manage ad hoc team activities such as uploading content to the external Investors website, processing invoices and providing technical support for events and meetings
  • Support with key IR document preparation – results announcements, presentations, Q&As, invites and communications to investors, verification of financial information

How I will succeed

  • Excellent stakeholder feedback
  • Timely delivery of information from the Investor Relations team 
  • Efficiently run investor events and smooth results processes
  • Continuously striving to improve processes
  • Sound financial analysis produced for use by Investor Relations and the business

What I need to know

  • Relevant IT skills - Full suite of MS Office capability, particularly MS Excel 
  • Strong administrative or co-ordination skills desirable
  • Experience in manipulating and analysing large quantities of data and providing insight into this data desirable
  • Experience in event planning desirable
  • Understanding of the commercial aspects of the business 
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships

What I need to show

  • A self-starter who has a high level of drive and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Ability to work independently, use initiative and solve problems, as well as working within a close-knit team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong self-organisational skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to compile, analyse and present findings from financial information
  • High degree of customer focus and commercial awareness
  • Ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment
  • Comfortable working some longer hours at pinch points
  • Confident in front of senior management and external investors
  • Highly professional demeanour

Support we will provide

  • IT systems and processes
  • Support from IR team colleagues and Personal Assistants 
  • Access to Investor Relations training courses and internal personal development tools
  • Access to analyst research distribution lists

What decisions I can make

  • Day to day workload management
  • Respond to emails, letters and telephone queries on Director of Investor Relations’ behalf
  • Preparation of documentation for external releases for approval by Director of Investor Relations prior to submission to CFO
  • Influence over best way to run team processes and plan events
  • Booking travel and other associated expenditure up to an agreed limit with Director of Investor Relations

Date posted: 18 July, 2022

Further information

Candidates can apply for this position via this link

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