Buy-Side Research Associate Manager

Areas of Interest:

Investment Management


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. For more information, please visit

About the Team:

William Blair’s buy-side research team is responsible for identifying quality growth companies that will generate above-average results for clients over time with generally less risk than the market. The team identifies these companies through a combination of rigorous fundamental research and systematic inputs, following a disciplined process that emphasizes team collaboration.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

  • Manages and develops global research associates and interns.  
    • Develops standardization of training and experience. 
    • Collaborates with Directors of Research on personnel planning, recruitment, training and development.  
    • Develops and maintains best practices across the global research team. 
  • Works collaboratively with Directors of Research to execute on the strategic vision of the Global Research department, which includes interfacing with all users and development / project management.
  • Participates in other projects as requested by management.


Bachelor’s Degree required. MBA and/or CFA preferred.
Thorough understanding of the investment research process.
Prior research experience highly preferred. Minimum of 1-3 years of investment related experience at the associate/senior associate/junior analyst level highly preferred.
Prior managerial experience desired.
Highly organized and able to multi-task.
Competence with project management.
Clear communicator.
Able to work with colleagues of all levels.
Able to exercise judgment.
Works well in teams.
High level of confidentiality.

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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