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Associate Director, Information Governance (Process Transformation)

Job ID: 6742

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Risk Management


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

The Associate Director, IG Process Transformation is a champion of IG process change. This position leads by redesigning and automating IG processes. IG processes include but are not limited to secure file releases, departing personnel, file classification and indexing, file search and retrieval, records retention review, data privacy, and data protection.

The individual in this position serves as a thought leader and embraces big ideas and innovative approaches to newly introduced IG processes and/or mature IG processes engrained in the culture and/or working practices of the firm’s legal and administrative teams. Consistently and appropriately challenges the status quo, explores the potential benefits of new ways of working with enthusiasm, and demonstrates how IG process transformation efforts support strategic objectives and IG program goals. Skillfully fosters a culture of brainstorming ideas, and drives operation excellence and the implementation of new technologies and IG-related processes while addressing risk management considerations.

Liaises with Risk Management and other administrative department leaders and team members as needed to accomplish goals and successfully manage process transformation projects and cross-office and cross-functional project teams. Also establishes metrics and reporting methods to track the success of IG process transformation efforts, and facilitates the hand-off of successfully transformed processes to the IG Operations, Data Protection and Data Privacy teams.

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Advises firm personnel at all levels and proposes solutions for information governance process and/or information technology issues.
  • Provides leadership and direction on the use of Information Governance-related technologies.
  • Works with the IG Operations, Data Protection, and Data Privacy leads to identify business requirements, and redesign and automate IG processes.
  • Communicates the IG vision and IG guiding principles throughout in a variety of forums, e.g. 1:1 meetings, administrative department meetings, practice group meetings, partner meetings.
  • Prepares, reviews and/or presents project plans, status reports, and other information in a variety of formats and styles appropriate to the audience.
  • Advises attorneys and other internal personnel on their operational and compliance responsibilities relating to the lifecycle management of client and administrative records and data. 
  • Creates and maintains records documenting management and design decisions, IG process transformation business requirements and IG process workflows.

Qualifications & Requirements

Candidates with an educational background from a wide variety of disciplines including information technology, legal, compliance, information management, and/or records management will be considered. A minimum of 7 years experience and demonstrated ability to lead process changes in an Information Governance function or professional services organization is required, and an advanced degree in information management, computer science or law is preferred. Aptitude and interest in information technologies including workflow applications, innovation, business process redesign, critical thinking, change management and project management are required. Proficiency in MS Office applications, including Visio, is required. Knowledge of iManage WorkSite and LegalKEY is a plus.

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