Senior Client Services Associate

Chicago, Illinois
Competitive to market rate
May 27, 2021
Jun 26, 2021
Industry Sector
Asset Management
Employment Type
Full Time


William Blair Investment Management is a premier global investment management boutique, with a sole focus on active management across equity, fixed income, currency and multi-asset strategies.  We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. We work closely with the most sophisticated investors globally across institutional and intermediary channels, including consultants, private and public pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, and financial advisors. We are a U.N.-Supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Signatory, Tier-1 U.K. Stewardship Signatory, Investor Stewardship Group Member (Framework for U.S. Stewardship and Governance), and Signatory to the Japan and Korea Stewardship Codes.  We are based in Chicago with resources in New York, London, Zurich, Sydney, Stockholm, The Hague, and Singapore, and dedicated coverage for Canada.


Take a lead role in the coordination of William Blair’s relationship management administrative activities for existing clients, with a focus on complex transactions and issues. Support client relationship goals by providing excellent customer service in all interactions with clients, including professionalism in communication, timely response to inquiries and proactive follow up and follow through. Regularly interact with clients to address inquiries, produce client reports, answer questions and address client needs. Support cross selling goals in an on-going manner for the Client Relationship team.  Mentors junior staff and serves as a resource for complicated transactions.

  • Maintain complex client portfolios. Perform client service duties associated with the maintenance of client portfolios, with special focus on complex transactions and issues.
  • Support client relationship goals by handling high profile projects with initiative, accuracy and a sense of urgency.
  • Partner with administrative group, Client Services, Portfolio Specialists and other internal groups to ensure the timely and accurate completion of required accounting and reporting responsibilities. Serve as a resource to junior staff for complicated, atypical transactions.
  • Interact on a daily basis with the most complex/sophisticated client organizations, or those with complex needs. Address inquiries from custodians and clients, including answering questions, running client reports and performing specific research and/or investigations into operational issues.
  • Support cross selling goals by providing research and performing other associated duties accurately and efficiently.
  • Prepare materials for client review meetings.
  • Additional responsibilities as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Finance, Accounting or Business.
  • Progress towards MBA or CFA, or advanced degree preferred.
  • 5-7 years of portfolio administration experience with an investment management firm, custodian or investment management consultant required.
  • Series 7 and 66 (or 63 and 65) licenses required or must be obtained within 90 days of start date.
  • 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 Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Accustomed to working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Works cooperatively with others to accomplish objectives.
  • Utilizes independent thought and judgment.

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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