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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:
Manage and provide daily oversight to William Blairs Enterprise Risk Management function. Implement an Enterprise Risk Management framework, including policies, processes and tools, to identify, assess, evaluate, mitigate and monitor firmwide risks.
Develop and maintain cross-functional relationships with business leadership, Legal & Compliance, IT Security, Information Security, Business Continuity, and Internal Audit, partnering together to ensure the optimal execution of the firms three lines of defense.
Promote a firmwide culture of risk awareness and transparency. Lead efforts to educate businesses in understanding and addressing strategic, operational, legal and regulatory and financial risks.
Advise business management in the identification, assessment, measurement and monitoring of enterprise risks. Oversee risk analyses and assessments, and report findings to management and the Risk Committee. Counsel management on risk appetite and risk mitigation alternatives, and lead the evaluation of mitigation strategies and costs.
Serve as a knowledge leader in risk management strategy and advise William Blair businesses in improving their first line of defense.
Continuously maintain and monitor the firms enterprise risk portfolio, keeping the Head of Risk Management and Risk Committee informed of issues and changes. Monitor progress on corrective actions. Apply industry-recognized enterprise risk management methods to quantify and report risk in an actionable manner.
Ensure all work activities are in compliance with applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Bachelors Degree required, MBA preferred.
10+ years of financial services industry and risk management experience required, preferably in a risk, audit, or compliance role.
3+ years of management experience required.
Demonstrated leadership skills and success managing a team of risk or compliance professionals.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
In-depth knowledge of enterprise risk principles and methodologies.
In-depth knowledge of applicable industry regulations.
Very strong ability to cultivate cross-functional relationships to achieve strategic objectives.
Excellent prioritization and time management skills.
Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills.