Research Analyst - Global Consumer Sector

Employer
William Blair & Company, L.L.C
Location
Chicago, USA
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 20, 2017
Closes
Jul 24, 2017
Job Function
Other
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors
Company Description:
William Blair is committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. We work closely with private and public pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as financial advisors. We are 100% active-employee-owned with broad-based ownership. Our investment teams are solely focused on active management and employ disciplined, analytical research processes across a wide range of strategies, including U.S. equity, non-U.S. equity, fixed income, multi-asset, and alternatives. William Blair is based in Chicago with an investment management office in London and service.

William Blair Investment Management, LLC and the investment management division of William Blair & Company, L.L.C. are collectively referred to as "William Blair."

About the Team:
William Blair's buy-side research team is responsible for identifying quality growth companies that will generate above-average results for clients over time with generally less risk than the market. The team identifies these companies through a combination of rigorous fundamental research and systematic inputs, following a disciplined process that emphasizes team collaboration.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:
  • Identify and recommend new investment ideas that are suitable for IM clients to assist portfolio managers in generating capital gains. Continue to analyze and monitor developments that impact portfolio holdings for which the analyst is responsible.
  • Perform fundamental analysis on industry sectors to provide a frame of reference for investing in industries or market sectors and related sub-sectors.
  • Proactively, clearly, and concisely communicate investment recommendations to portfolio managers and other analysts.
  • Develop and maintain research relationships including company managements, industry contacts, and research vendors (brokers and analysts).
  • Make field trips, interview company executives, and attend industry conferences to stay abreast of changes in company fundamentals and industry trends.
  • Participate in other projects as requested by management.


Qualifications:
  • 7+ years of buy-side experience, with growth orientation and broad sector coverage preferred.
  • Strong working knowledge of accounting and finance.
  • Bachelor's degree required; MBA, CFA, and/or CPA preferred.
  • Effectively prioritize time and manage multiple tasks as prices change and issues arise.
  • Ability to analyze/model financial metrics, business strategies, and valuation parameters.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Customer service orientation, responds to requests in a timely manner.
  • Works well as a member of industry or portfolio teams.
  • Strong organizational skills.


As a William Blair associate, you'll enjoy Medical, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, along with a generous profit sharing program that includes a 401K plan in addition to a firm contribution. We also offer three weeks of vacation, flexible spending accounts, a business casual dress code, a 75% discounted commissions on trades, and discounts at restaurants, museums, parks and retailers.
William Blair is an equal opportunity employer. It complies with all laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment practice because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employee's ability to perform the duties of the job applied for.
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