Internal Audit Senior Associate - IT

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Accounting & Finance


Chicago, Illinois

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Company Description:

William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. 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 headquartered in Chicago and, together with its strategic partners, operates in more than 20 offices worldwide.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

Provide leadership to William Blair’s Internal Audit team.  Execute complex, high-visibility audits of William Blair departments and locations in accordance with established audit policies and procedures.  Document and lead communication efforts with department heads to review audit issues and ensure open audit items are addressed.  Oversee the audit process, and associated results and recommendations of less experienced audit staff to ensure accuracy and appropriateness.   Present recommendations to management for audit process improvements.  Provide guidance and mentoring to less experienced staff.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

• Provide leadership to William Blair’s audit programs by following established policies and procedures. Own complex, high visibility audits.  Provide guidance and mentoring to less experienced Internal Audit staff.

• Develop process documentation and risk and control matrices for complex, high visibility areas/processes under review.

• Direct audits for assigned area by evaluating controls, transactions, business conditions and documentation to determine compliance with policies, procedures and regulations. Provide direction and guidance to less experienced audit staff. 

• Document complex, high-visibility audit issues and prepare audit results and recommendations in order to communicate meaningful findings which help drive solutions and efficiencies.  Lead meetings with business heads to present findings. 

• Provide recommendations for addressing complex, high-visibility audit findings and improving existing processes.  Track implementation of management’s action items on open audit findings until resolution.  Perform testing procedures to confirm audit findings were properly addressed. 

• Review audit paperwork, findings and recommendations of less experienced staff to ensure sufficiency of documentation and evidence to support conclusions.

• Challenge the status quo and look for ways to improve operational efficiency.  Present ideas to senior management.

• Ensure analysis and reports developed by less experienced staff are accurate and appropriate.

• Provide guidance and mentoring to less experienced internal audit staff.  

• Facilitate interaction with and provide assistance to external auditors.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field required
• Working towards CPA, CIA, or CISA certification
• 3-5 years of experience in public accounting, internal audit, or IT governance required 
• Series 7 registration to be obtained within 6 months of joining firm
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to thrive in a collaborative work environment
• Intellectually curious
• Ability to be an independent contributor supporting the development of new audit programs for previously unaudited areas   
• Ability to work in an unstructured position with little to no repetitive daily activities
• Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
• Effective prioritization skills and ability to manage multiple audits as needs arise
• Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite 
• Solution focused and detail oriented
• Positive attitude and demonstrates initiative and persistence
• Ability to lead and mentor less experienced staff

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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