Director IT Governance & Risk

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Information Technology


Chicago, Illinois

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Company Description:

William Blair is a global investment banking and asset management firm. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago and, together with its strategic partners, operates worldwide.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

  • Develop, manage and update key IT policies/procedures based on the NIST framework.  Work closely with IT leaders, internal audit, compliance, and CISO to maintain appropriate set of policies.
  • Manage and update IT risk register.  Work closely IT leaders to evaluate risks and identify action plans as necessary.
  • Run the change control program across IT.  Ensure ongoing standards are maintained and upheld according to IT policies.
  • Lead the IT DR/Business continuity program working closely with IT leaders and Firmwide DR/Business continuity leadership.  Ensure IT infrastructure and application recovery program meets the standards as defined by Firmwide DR/Business Continuity leadership.  
  • Lead the IT portion of the vendor review program in both on-boarding new vendors and regularly reviewing key IT vendors.  
  • Coordinate all audit/SOC1 activities with internal audit and compliance.
  • Coordinate with IT security team on selected security control reviews and selected projects.  


  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • 12+ years in an IT compliance/audit/security or project management role. At least 5 years working with standards-based methodologies (e.g., NIST or COBIT).    
  • Demonstrated project-planning skills with specific experience in a wide variety of roles across various aspects of an IT organization.
  • Business Continuity/DR planning and coordination experience. 
  • Able to work effectively with audit, legal/compliance, IT and business leaders and to find the balance between regulatory/security standards and business practices.
  • Capable of working on projects with little or no supervision and with a strong attention to details.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to work directly with business partners in a team-based environment.  
  • High level of commitment and enthusiasm.
  • Hands-on experience working in a sophisticated client-server technology environment.
  • Exposure to and working knowledge of cloud-based infrastructure is a strong plus.
  • Work in financial services firm is a strong plus.

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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