Job Title: Associate, Corporate Finance

Reporting to: Lead, Strategy & Finance

Location: Durham, North Carolina, or Remote

About Pairwise:

Pairwise is a mission-driven food+tech company dedicated to building a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Founded in 2017 by eminent scientists in the gene editing and biotechnology fields, Pairwise holds licenses from Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital to base editing and high-fidelity enzymes. We also are tuned in to consumer food trends, and we believe that consumers deserve more variety and innovation in their fresh food choices. Our team is primed to deliver that innovation through one of the best gene-editing platforms in food and agriculture. Pairwise has an exclusive 5-year research collaboration with Bayer to develop products in corn, soybean, wheat, canola, and cotton. Plus, Pairwise is developing new types of leafy greens, berries, and stone fruit, with the first product expected in early 2023. Pairwise is based in the start-up friendly Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.

About This Role:

Pairwise will launch its first consumer product under the Conscious FoodsTM brand in 2023, kicking off what is expected to be speedy expansion toward a complex commercial portfolio over the next few years. As we enter new channels and geographies with multiple products over time, the level of support required from strategic finance and FP&A is expanding, and we’re looking to grow the team. This role will support strategy and financial planning/reporting for both the commercial business and corporate development, which drives future business opportunities. These functions all work closely together to ensure that we are growing a responsible business with consistent strategic direction and reporting practices, and this new role will be an immediate contributor to our dynamic team.

Essential Functions:

Being a fast-growingp, our needs are consistently evolving; however, we will expect the successful candidate to:

• Provide analytical, financial modeling, and storytelling support for the refinement of our long-range plan and corporate and business unit strategies.

• Manage research and analysis as needed as we evaluate new commercial and corporate development opportunities.

• Assist with managing fundraising activities, as needed.

• Support ongoing corporate finance work, for example: supply and demand planning for Conscious FoodsTM to enable forecasting and subsequent analysis/reporting of actual results relative to those forecasts.

• Take on additional special projects as we grow related to pricing, product, partnership evaluation, etc.

Required Education & Experience:

• Bachelors degree or equivalent experience in corporate finance, accounting, strategy, innovation, or other relevant fields.

• 2-3 years in investment banking or management consulting.

• Demonstrated ability to understand and develop financial models in Excel, visualize and derive insights from data, in particular using data visualization systems such as Power BI and Tableau.

• Solid business acumen; capacity to contextualize outputs of financial models and reports and articulate their implications.

• Experience in financial planning systems, such as SmartSheets and Workday Adaptive Planning.

• Experience communicating complex ideas concisely verbally, in writing, and in PowerPoint.

• Exposure tops and/or experience working in a matrixed and/or fast-growing organization is beneficial.

• Experience with perishable goods, consumer products, food, agriculture, retail, or food service, a plus.


• Comprehensive Benefits Plan, including Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA/FSA, 401k, Life Insurance, Short-Term & Long-Term Disability, and more!

• Flexible PTO (use what you need, when you need it), in addition to company holidays

• Casual work environment.

• Mission-driven organization focused on creating healthier fruits and veggies.

• A cutting-edge, driven community looking to lead the industry in innovation and nutrition.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle or feel, and techniques that require fine motor skills and repetitive motions. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

EEO Statement:

We're an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Pairwise we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.