Human Resources Manager

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Human Resources


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:

  • Maintains close working relationships with managers to ensure that employment and staffing activities fully support and are aligned with departmental goals/requirements and are consistent with the firm’s diversity commitment as an equal opportunity employer. Collaborates with Talent Acquisition and Training & Development to design and deliver programs in support of goals.  
  • Manages employee relations programs including the development and implementation of firm-wide human resource policies and practices. Proactively works with managers to identify opportunities for improving employee relations activities that are complimentary with business priorities.
  • Provides internal human resource consulting to departments to facilitate change management/conflict resolution methodologies and works with managers to determine departmental human resource plans consistent with the department/firm’s business objectives.                                      
  • Mentor and coach managers on managerial effectiveness skills.
  • Participates in other projects as requested by management.


  • Minimum of five years of HR experience, including: employee relations, staffing/placement, training and development
  • Human Resource experience in Professional Services/Consulting firm(s) required
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required; MBA preferred
  • SPHR certification preferred
  • Ability to manage and be responsive to multiple customers / projects / issues concurrently
  • Results-oriented individual who thrives on challenge, growth and change in a highly entrepreneurial environment
  • High level of confidentiality, integrity, and proven team player
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships and provide internal consulting to a wide range of customers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication 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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