Portfolio Implementation Specialist

William Blair & Company, L.L.C
Chicago, USA
Sep 25, 2017
Sep 28, 2017
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
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."

Job Summary & Responsibilities:
  • Working fairly independently, coordinate with Portfolio Managers, Product Specialists, Client Services and domestic Trading desk the transitioning and rebalancing of portfolios to reflect PM's decisions on model portfolios and adherence to client investment guidelines.
  • Allocate cash flows of accounts and monitor overall cash levels for client portfolios.
  • Identify and resolve discrepancies, perform account audits and ensure adherence to client specific trading directions.
  • Develop and supervise a team of Portfolio Implementation Associates in placing trades for domestic and international client portfolios.
  • Develop systems to monitor trade order entry to minimize trading errors, monitor dispersion reports and assist PM's and traders in the development of other monitoring systems for successfully implementing portfolio strategy.
  • In coordination with the domestic trading desk, provide Portfolio Managers with ongoing information about market sentiment, trading environment, trading volumes and price volatility of securities held in client portfolios.
  • In conjunction with Portfolio Implementation Specialist and Product Specialists, develop and implement quantitative tools to analyze trading behavior and effectiveness.
  • Participate in other projects including portfolio and market analysis as requested by Product Specialists and Portfolio Managers.

  • 5 years experience with an institutional investment management firm working with trade order management systems or trade operations.
  • Bachelor's in finance, accounting or business.
  • MBA and/or CFA or progress towards these advanced degrees a plus.
  • Commits to satisfying internal and external customers.
  • Detail oriented and able to prioritize tasks.
  • Delivers clear, effective communication and takes responsibility for understanding others.
  • Proficient in Linedata LongView or other recognized OMS.
  • Accustomed to working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment.
  • Works cooperatively with others to accomplish objectives.
  • Utilizes independent thought and judgment.

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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