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Senior Financial Analyst

Job ID: 4383

Updated: Dec 29, 2017

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Finance/Accounting

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The Senior Analyst will assist the needs of Finance by addressing operational and analytical reporting requirements, and will also consider future demands for quantitative and qualitative analysis capabilities. This position will apply analysis and modeling techniques to provide senior management with detailed information related to the Firm’s financial performance, business operating and strategic plans, and critical financial management issues.

  • Support key strategic initiatives of the Firm with financial modeling, data mining, and analyses.  These activities require the individual to identify, extract, and summarize information from multiple sources for specialized Firm and client reporting needs, such as:
    • financial presentations for the annual partner meetings
    • diversity and pro bono initiatives
    • survey submissionscompleting/reviewing
    • analyzing industry data from completed survey reports
    • ad hoc client/engagement analyses relating to hours, billings, and collections
  • Design custom analyses, vetting the results, and analyzing the impacts on the Firm’s pricing and cost structures.  These analyses would encompass fee arrangements, attorney compensation, and client realization levels.
  • Meet established/on-going departmental procedures and reporting requirements, such as monitoring and analyzing Fee Arrangements, preparing reports for committees, the CFO, and other members of senior management.
  • Develop innovative analytical approaches to address information requests, enhance process efficiency, support new initiatives, and/or more accurately reflect changing business elements.
  • Prepare impactful visual presentations of complex data to facilitate decision making.
  • Actively participate in/contribute to system and process re-engineering efforts; recognize/assess the downstream impacts of process changes.

Qualifications & Requirements

The successful candidate will have 6+ years of experience supporting accounting and/or finance functions, showing progressive growth in responsibilities.  A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or similar area of study is required.  Previous law firm or professional services experience is preferred. 

This candidate will have strong accounting, analytical, research, and conceptual thinking skills. The ability to work with intricate data, while maintaining an awareness of the overall objective and how all the relevant data points fit together is critical. The candidate must possess a healthy skepticism and willingness to question the validity and accuracy of data sets.

Proficiency with SQL query logic, relational databases, and “hands on” report writing experience is required.  This includes a broad literacy with reporting methodologies, including best practice approaches to data presentation and consumption.  Advanced competency in Excel including pivot tables, lookup functions, etc. is essential.

This candidate must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and be proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented. This individual should possess strong written and oral communication skills in order to clearly and concisely summarize observations, conclusions, and recommendations. Attention to detail, strong customer service skills, and a commitment to excellence are imperative. The successful candidate will be capable of working with all levels of Firm personnel, both as part of a team and independently.

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