VP, Investor Relations at Upwork
Chicago, IL, US

Upwork ($UPWK) is the leading tech solution for companies looking to hire the best talent, maintain flexibility, and get more done. We’re passionate about our mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives. Every year, more than $2 billion of work is done through Upwork by skilled professionals who want the freedom of working anytime, anywhere. Top companies connecting with extraordinary talent around the globe? Upwork is how.

The VP Investor Relations will report to the CFO and will lead the strategy and development of our investor relations (“IR”) story to develop investor confidence and belief in our vision and strategy for delivering shareholder value. The VP IR will be a key collaborator with our other financial leaders in the Controller and FP&A functions in helping the CFO organization scale for growth and be World Class. A background in internet marketplaces and experience leading investor relations for a publicly traded company will set you up for success. This is an exciting time for Upwork, and we are looking for the right leader to own our IR function and share our story.


Positioning & Strategy

    Develop, plan and execute a comprehensive, strategic investor relations program to increase Upwork’s visibility with the investment community
    Assist with the ongoing refinement of key messaging and market positioning based on company performance, market perception, expectations, peer performance and relative valuation
    Develop and provide counsel on key metrics, guidance progression, and disclosure policies
    Analyze internal and external forecasts, data, and assumptions to provide aggregated view of expectations and implications for stock price and investor and analysts perception

Relationship Management & Infrastructure

    Build a targeted investor strategy with current and potential investors
    Manage relationships with Wall Street sell-side analysts and broaden exposure to sell-side analysts and investors
    Advise on optimal communications for analysts and investors including post-earnings call messaging for each
    Speak to investors on behalf of Upwork
    Plan, manage and attend investor events, investor and analyst meetings, roadshows and conference calls and manage relationship with the stock exchange (Nasdaq)

Content Creation & Process Management

    Collaborate cross-functionally to gain a deep understanding of Upwork’s business and ensure that corporate messaging is consistent
    Craft and communicate messaging around financial results, strategy, growth opportunities and business initiatives to analysts and investors
    Manage the process for quarterly earnings process – preparation of materials including earnings conference call scripts, press releases, Q&A documents, and other associated materials for sell-side and buy-side post-earnings calls
    Advise and update investor presentation and accompanying voiceover for investor conferences, 1x1 meetings and non-deal roadshows
    Provide guidance on IR website and corporate content

Intelligence & Analysis

    Monitor analyst and peer estimates, consensus estimates, sell-side research, and market-related trends impacting valuation and perception
    Stay informed on relevant macro and sector news flow and trends; monitor and communicate internally about competitive information

What it takes to catch our eye:

    High integrity and a passion for Upwork’s mission!
    Structured thinking: comfort with numbers, details, and ambiguity and a collaborative working style
    Communication skills and presence: Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely with excellent written and verbal communications
    Critical thinking and autonomy to solve problems with minimal direct supervision and comfort working in a highly dynamic environment where your voice will be heard, and your decisions will have a significant impact
    Enthusiasm or familiarity with internet, technology trends and startups and a deep understanding of two sided marketplaces
    A leadership background in investor relations with a public company and experience with B2B, Marketplace or SaaS businesses
    Strong network within investor community including relationships with the buy-side and sell-side internet analysts

How to really knock our socks off:

    History of seeing companies develop and grow both SMB and Enterprise offerings
    Equity research experience in technology, internet, marketplaces or software industries with an investment bank

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork, you’ll shape talent solutions for how the world works today. Whether you’re working from our offices in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Chicago or are part of our globally distributed team, we’re working together to create exciting remote work opportunities for a global community of professionals. Our vibrant culture is built on a common mission and shared values. As we create economic opportunities so that people have better lives, our employees build amazing teams, put our community first and have a bias towards action. We encourage team Upwork to bring their whole selves to work through learning and development opportunities, mentorship, and employee resource groups. All that and amazing benefits too? We’ve got you covered (especially with our company favorite, Work Online Wednesdays). Check out our Life at Upwork page to learn more about the employee experience.