Analyst, 2023

Locust Walk

Aug 5th, 2022
From early stage to market, Locust Walk carves unique paths to success for companies and investors. Our team fuels the growth of promising biopharma companies at every stage, by connecting the right products, the right partners, and the most attractive sources of capital – driving innovation for growth and transformative results.

WE BELIEVE THAT NO TWO PATHS ARE THE SAME.
Locust Walk operates on one powerful guiding principle: that our role is to craft and execute customized partnering and financing strategies designed to meet the specific desires, needs, and goals of every company and each investor. We launch each relationship without preconceived opinions or goals. Our mission is to identify and facilitate an efficient, rapid, and unique growth trajectory for every company. However, our work is firmly rooted in best practices that inform all of our transactions.

Locust Walk has closed high value transactions for multiple clients across a variety of therapeutic areas and modalities. The breadth of our success includes sell-side, buy-side and financing deals. Examples of recent client engagements where Locust Walk served as a transaction advisor are listed on our website. We would encourage you to click on each case study and/or press release to learn about each assignment in greater detail.
Boston
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https://www.locustwalk.com

Job Description: Analyst

Office: Boston, MA; [must have U.S. Citizenship or Green Card – U.S. only]

Overview
Locust Walk is an investment bank?that?integrates?the?best of science?(e.g., biotech, pharma) companies. We support management and board members through all aspects of the full deal cycle from outreach to term sheet structuring to negotiating to close.?Our?suite of?capabilities?and data-driven?approach provides you with greater confidence in decision making, faster time?from?decision?to?execution, and less friction working with a single team throughout the process.?We have offices in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, and London working with clients throughout the world.???

Why is this role potentially just right for you?

If you are looking to build your career with a fast-growing investment bank with significant upside potential in position, responsibility, and compensation, we’re looking for you. Analysts have a strong passion for life sciences (an academic focus or willingness to learn). You will have the opportunity to work with multiple clients simultaneously on both the strategy and execution of transaction assignments diversifying your experience and providing a dynamic environment.

A week in the life for this role?

The main focus for the Analyst is to play a key role in executing the Firm’s engagements. Our engagements range from executing strategic partnership deals, M&A transactions, capital raises and strategic consulting engagements. Our Analysts assist in identifying target partners, maintaining contact logs and board update materials, producing deal marketing materials, financial valuation and comparable transactions analysis, and deal modeling in support of negations. Analysts will receive significant responsibility and ownership over their work including multiple opportunities to present to both the firm and clients. Strategic commercial assessments in support of deals also require discussions with key opinion leaders, leading analysis of secondary sources, full P&L models, and production of full commercial decks. Business development activities are essential to furthering our growth. An Analyst will contribute to maintaining and updating databases in support of Locust Walk’s mission as well as preparing thought pieces and analytics for our marketing materials.
Our senior deal team is dedicated to the professional growth of our Analysts. Each engagement provides a new learning opportunity, and we aim to vary the team members assigned to new clients so that everyone has the chance to work with different colleagues while still gaining exposure to different transactions.

Prior positions of responsibility that might be good experience for this role?

Any of the below backgrounds might have generated the experience required to be successful in this role. However, this does not mean that if you haven’t worked for this type of team, you’re not qualified. Read between the lines, for intent and not literally:

  • Business / Corporate Development at a biotech or pharmaceutical company
  • Strategic Consulting
  • R&D
  • Finance
  • Biology and/or STEM research

Qualifications:

  • Professional and Academic Prowess.?All our team members have different strengths that contribute to the success of our firm. The background for an Analyst position would ideally illustrate the following attributes:
  • Passion for life science transactions:?some relevant industry experience is preferred
  • Successful track record working on transactions in the life science space:?working directly or in a supportive role to close strategic transactions, M&A, and/or financings is helpful
  • First-rate education:?strong academic track record; working toward a degree in life sciences
  • Interest in entrepreneurship and working with early stage companies

Skills:

  • Basic understanding of financial modeling, including P&L, BS, cash flow statements, and DCF models
  • Strong communication skills and comfort presenting in front of company management, Board, and speaking directly with physicians and other key opinion leaders
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • Either a proven track record of working with and managing teams or relevant leadership skills that demonstrate an ability to do so successfully

How much could someone earn in this role?

Our firm has a multi-part compensation structure:?

  • We offer a competitive base with other transaction-focused professional services firms?
  • Every person at Locust Walk will be eligible to earn a bonus based on exceptional individual and firm performance that encourages both accountability, teamwork, and helping to grow the overall business?
  • We offer a competitive Total Benefits package which includes health, dental, and vision, as well as other great competitive benefits?
  • We have a?flexible?vacation policy on top of 11 official company holidays?
  • We offer a 401k match?

What is our culture?

We look for entrepreneurial, growth-oriented individuals who are committed to the success of others.? We have a high-performance culture that rewards creative solutions to daily challenges, as well as a strong work ethic while enjoying the ride. Locust Walk offers a mindful work-life balance within the context of a transaction-focused professional services firm.?While we have always connected in our physical locations, ate lunch together, and enjoyed other team activities, we?have now?created a hybrid environment of in-office and work-from-home flexibility. We are open and honest with each other and transparent in our dealings,?including information about the health of the business.?

A match with our values and culture is our highest priority

This person needs to live the Locust Walk values. Culture is very important to us; we’re looking for people who make a good fit.?Listed below is an overview of our core values.?Please consider whether these are a match with yours:

Commitment to the Success of Others

  • Global team-based culture with individual accountability
  • No team member is left behind: we are committed to succeeding together for the benefit of both our clients and the company

Open and Courageous Communication

  • In the spirit of caring for each other’s success, we commit to being truthful and transparent in our communication and feedback, both to clients and inside the company, and we do so with empathy and success
  • We commit to thoughtful and rigorous debate and feedback at all levels of the company
  • The Locust Walk Leadership Team always strives to be as transparent as possible with the company

Growth Mindset

  • We thrive on challenge and are life-long learners. We are not afraid of failure, yet see it as a springboard
  • Honest bi-directional feedback is important for building trusted, productive relationships
  • Feedback should be given as soon as possible after an event or situation occurs rather than waiting for the moment to pass

Entrepreneurial Spirit

  • We are self-motivated to succeed and will do whatever it takes for our clients to succeed in an ethical manner
  • We will always have a small firm ethos with an entrepreneurial mindset and minimized bureaucracy

Enjoy the Ride

  • We care about and for our clients and each other
  • We work hard?and?integrate fun into the core of what we do.? We all have unique interests and find common ways of sharing that with each other
  • Wins should be celebrated
  • It’s about the journey, not the destination

For more information:
Visit our website at www.locustwalk.com. Please email [email protected] with your resume.

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