Challenge your thinking and build an amazing career with the best people in the financial services industry! Baird’s Financial Advisors provide advice, strategies, and solutions to high-net worth individuals and families across the United States, serving as true partners. True wealth management goes beyond managing investments. At Baird, we understand it begins with learning all we can about what our clients want for themselves and their families. We work closely with them to prioritize their goals, utilizing Baird’s resources and expertise to create a tailored plan to ensure success as they’ve defined it. Our 1,700+ private wealth associates serve clients coast-to-coast from 160 + locations in over 33 states. We have been recognized on Barron’s Top Wealth Management Firms for 10 consecutive years and hold over $200 billion in client assets. Check out this video to learn more about our Private Wealth Management business.
As a Client Assistant, you will: Be responsible for the client service and marketing functions of two Financial Advisors following a wealth management or portfolio management business approach, including any operational functions necessary to meet client service requirements. They will also participate in the Financial Advisors(s)/Team business development efforts in alignment with their long-term business plan.
Initiate and complete all transactions required to fully service client accounts i.e. paperwork, correspondence, money movement, client request fulfillment, and special projects as needed.
Ensure compliance with Baird’s policies regarding correspondence, books and records requirements including trade policies, seminars, and marketing.
May enter security orders per Financial Advisor’s instructions.
Maintain primarily electronic files and retrieve the information quickly as needed.
Responsible for client onboarding coordination, which includes assisting with proposal generation, preparing new account paperwork, opening accounts, transitioning new assets to Baird and establishing an ongoing communication/client service plan.
Answer all incoming Financial Advisors' phone calls and handle as appropriate. Initiate action and advises Financial Advisor of action taken.
May schedule client appointments and/or conference room for appointments.
Stay current and understand firm policy and procedures in an ever changing regulatory environment, being able to articulate the reason for certain requirements to clients as needed.
Communicate progress updates to clients, as needed, on more complex projects.
What makes this opportunity great:
Compelling careers working side-by-side with the best in the business.
Fast paced environment that will enable you to grow as a professional.
Support and flexibility to grow and be your best at work, at home, and in the community.
What we look for:
Bachelor’s degree or industry experience comparable to Bachelor’s degree.
2+ years of prior industry and/or administrative work experience preferred.
Must obtain Series 7/63/65 or 7/66 licensure within 12 months of employment.
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with the ability to learn and effectively navigate Baird’s Private Wealth Management technology platforms.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including e-mail); ability to adeptly exchange ideas and information.
Strong organizational skills – consistent ability to prioritize work flow of self and Financial Advisors in order to achieve specific goals in a timely matter.
Detail orientation with an emphasis on accuracy. Critical thinking and proactive problem solving skills.
Strong analytical skills with ability to perform semi-advanced math.
Excellent interpersonal skills -- ability to effectively and proactively work with both external and internal clients and relate with others in order to accomplish work responsibilities and objectives.
Understand compliance regulations including the client complaint process and correspondence policies. Maintain client confidentiality in all situations.
Proven reliability in attendance and performance. Strong work ethic, 90% of your day is spent actively working on FA/Client requests.
Staying current and understanding firm policy and procedures in an ever changing regulatory environment, being able to articulate the reason for certain requirements to clients as needed.