Associate Product Manager

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Accounting & Finance, Investment Management, Project Management


Chicago, Illinois

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Company Description:

Solutions for Today’s Challenges. Vision for Tomorrow’s Opportunities. Join the Premier Global Boutique: William Blair.

At William Blair, serving our clients starts with the capabilities and collaboration of our team—making our employees our most important asset. Unlike others, we're an independent partnership that is personally committed to our people and clients. What sets us apart is the way we do it—our culture, our values, and our commitment to local communities.

We strive to attract the most qualified, passionate candidates who specialize in investment banking, investment management, private wealth management, and a variety of other business functions.

Currently, our firm has more than 1,900 employees throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

A top priority of ours is talent development, fostering professional and personal growth of our employees. We take pride in empowering our people to bring their best thinking each day so we can deliver the tailored, thoughtful work and problem-solving abilities that our clients have come to expect.

We work tirelessly to create an inclusive culture. Our employees have unique experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to thoughtfully meet the evolving challenges and opportunities facing our global client base amid dynamic market conditions and varying industries, whether technological, economic or geopolitical.

We are equally proud of our long-term partnerships with the communities in which we live and work, a legacy we inherited from our founder more than 85 years ago.

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William Blair Investment Management is committed to building enduring relationships with our clients. We work closely with private and public pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds, as well as financial advisors. We are 100% active-employee-owned with broad-based ownership. Our investment teams are solely focused on active management and employ disciplined, analytical research processes across a wide range of strategies, including U.S. equity, non-U.S. equity, emerging markets debt, and multi-asset. William Blair is based in Chicago with global resources providing expertise and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

The role of William Blair’s product management team is to orchestrate strategy, positioning, planning and competitive analysis of William Blair’s investment products at all stages of the lifecycle and to plan for the development of new product to be introduced to the marketplace. We’re seeking an Associate Product Manager to join this dynamic team, the responsibilities which may include:
  • Provide daily support to Product Managers on team
  • Gather, monitor, anticipate and assess market, industry, competitor and client trends to drive product strategy and identify opportunities for product innovation
  • Assist in the development of strategic and analytical reports and models
  • Maintain existing competitor dashboards and assist with the development of new tools
  • Drive new product research to help ensure compelling points of differentiation are identified and designed into new product offerings and communicated for existing products
  • Analyze product and competitive market data based on parameters defined by senior product management team
  • Conduct competitive analyses for product positioning; utilize automated analysis tools to complete baseline industry reviews of metrics including AUM, flows, fees, performance, etc. Develop detailed reports summarizing key findings and observations.
  • Research the competitive landscape and industry trends and develop reports on William Blair product positioning. Identify possible opportunities for sales, campaigns and product development.
  • Develop education and training materials to highlight product features, benefits, and key differentiators of William Blair’s products
  • Collaborate with internal partners including Investment, Distribution, Legal, Finance and Marketing teams


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience preferably in the asset management or related industry
  • Knowledge of financial services, asset management strongly preferred
  • Well-developed analytical, problem-solving and quantitative skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong leadership potential, with excellent collaboration abilities
  • Self-starter with urgency, personal responsibility and accountability
  • Results-orientation with an ability to multi-task, execute and complete deliverables in a timely manner
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Working knowledge of key databases such as Morningstar, eVestment and Simfund
  • Strong interest and engagement in financial markets and investment management driving continuous learning of marketplace
  • Proficiency with PowerPoint and Excel required; Morningstar Direct, eVestment and FactSet preferred; Tableau (or Python / R knowledge) experience a plus
  • Ability to be a cooperative team player
  • Ability to multi-task and manage projects with competing priorities in a high-paced environment
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills