Principal, High Conviction Equities – Healthcare / Pharma

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

The opportunity

Based in our office in Toronto, the Principal will be an integral part of the High Conviction Equities (“HCE”) team and focus on global pharmaceuticals and large-cap biotechnology public equities. The HCE healthcare team is responsible for a highly concentrated portfolio that delivers outsized idiosyncratic returns. The Principal will analyze potential investment opportunities, execute investments, and monitor healthcare companies under coverage.

Who you’ll work with

Besides the team in Toronto, you will have the opportunity to work closely with a team of professionals across Ontario Teachers’ global offices. You will partner with colleagues in Alternative Capital Solutions (“ACS”) within the HCE team, with Private Capital’s healthcare team within the broader Equities team and with other asset classes. You will also interact with external partners such as research analysts and healthcare key opinion leaders.

What you’ll do

  • Analyze and evaluate potential investment opportunities within healthcare therapeutics (including pharmaceuticals, larger biotechnology companies and adjacent opportunities)
  • Generate practical investment insights from bottom-up research on business models, key value drivers and investment risks
  • Develop detailed financial models clearly identifying recommended valuation range, critical business drivers, sensitivity analysis etc.
  • Prepare comprehensive investment memos / presentations clearly articulating industry insights, investment thesis and recommendation for the senior leadership team
  • Actively participate in meetings with healthcare company management teams and outside experts
  • Monitor ongoing financial and operational performance of companies under coverage
  • Generate bespoke industry analysis in collaboration with the team. Monitor industry developments and disseminate relevant information to the team
  • Partner with the broader equities team in Toronto as well as across offices (or other departments at Ontario Teachers’) on certain transactions or initiatives
  • Support a variety of OTPP critical initiatives

What you’ll need

  • Min. 5+ years related work experience in asset management, equity research, investment banking or similar roles at leading firms
  • Experience in covering pharma and biotech public equities is a strong asset
  • An undergraduate or graduate degree from a university with a focus on science is helpful
  • CFA and / or other meaningful designations are considered a strong asset
  • Very strong analytical and quantitative skills and proven understanding of fundamental investment analysis
  • Outstanding attention to detail and ability to take ownership of tasks
  • Special emphasis on accounting, valuation and financial modelling skills
  • Ability to develop a deep understanding of economic / business characteristics, conditions and trends across a range potential investments
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to demonstrate skeptical critical thinking and to generate independent insights from research process
  • Willing / able to travel internationally
  • A high degree of maturity and initiative, with the ability to work effectively and independently


What we’re offering

  • Pay-for-performance environment that offers competitive salary and incentive
  • Numerous opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Comprehensive employer paid benefits coverage
  • Retirement income through a defined benefit pension plan
  • The opportunity to invest back into the fund through our Deferred Incentive Program
  • A flexible/hybrid work environment combining in office collaboration and remote working
  • Competitive time off
  • Our Flexible Travel Program gives you the option to work abroad in another region/country for up to a month each year
  • Employee discount programs including Edvantage and Perkopolis
  • Degreed: a digital platform that helps you quickly and easily discover, share, and track various learning resources — from courses to videos to articles and more

At Ontario Teachers’, diversity is one of our core strengths. We take pride in ensuring that the people we hire and the culture we create, reflect and embrace diversity of thought, background and experience. Through our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy and our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), we celebrate diversity and foster inclusion through events for colleagues to connect for professional development, networking & mentoring. We are building an inclusive and equitable workplace where our talent is respected, accepted and empowered to be themselves. To learn more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, check out Life at Teachers’.

How to apply

Are you ready to pursue new challenges and take your career to the next level? Apply today! You may be invited to complete a pre-recorded digital interview as part of your application.

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