Internal Audit Senior Associate

Areas of Interest:

Accounting & Finance


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:

  • Lead and participate in audit execution.  Document audit issues and present to applicable business unit heads and Audit Committee.  Provide recommendations for improving existing processes and track implementation until resolution.   
  • Assist in developing audit risk assessment and planning audit cycle and individual audit engagements. 
  • Provide direct assistance to external auditors in statutory financial statement audits, anti-money laundering audits, and SEC custody service and customer protection rule audits.
  • Participate in projects as defined by management. 


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with different business units and levels of management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Effectively prioritize time and manage multiple audits as hurdles arise.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to function independently.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point.
  • Solution focused and detail oriented.
  • Positive attitude and demonstrates initiative and persistence.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 3 years’ audit experience either in public accounting or internal audit within an organization.
  • 1 or more years’ experience with either broker dealers in securities or investment advisers.
  • CPA, CFA or CIA certification is preferred.
  • Experience managing audit engagements from beginning to end independently.

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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