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Expense Compliance Analyst

Job ID: 6962

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Finance/Accounting


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 3,500+ lawyers) operating from 19 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 Expense Compliance Analyst is responsible for performing the continuous expense monitoring process within the Finance department.  This involves the review of transactional financial data (e.g., expense reports, procurement card reports, vendor invoices, etc.) by using analysis and investigation to identify potential expense policy violations, inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement.  The Analyst will summarize findings and results into reports and presentations for review by Finance and Firm leadership. This individual will work with the Accounts Payable and Financial Accounting, Budget, and Reporting teams.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Perform routine reviews of expense report, procurement card and vendor invoice data and supporting documentation to determine compliance with Firm policies and procedures.
  • Set up data models and dashboard with existing Firm technology to detect exceptions and red flags.
  • Recognize patterns, trends, or behaviors potentially requiring further diligence and investigation.
  • Develop standard monthly reporting for leadership to summarize findings and emerging areas of risk.
  • Based on findings, make recommendations leading to increasing adherence to expense and compliance policies; develop proposals for improvement of internal controls, processes and possible update of policies.
  • Involvement in other complex accounting projects and initiatives with other members of the Finance team as needed.
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of Firm policies and procedures.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • The Expense Analyst will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business as well as two to four years of relevant work experience. Prior tenure in public accounting, an internal audit position or at a law firm or other professional services company is a plus.
  • This individual should be proactive, results oriented, and possess written and oral communication skills to clearly and concisely summarize conclusions and observations. Attention to detail and the eagerness to learn and to progress within a dynamic and growing environment are imperative.
  • The candidate must be able to work through ambiguity and push to deliver continual impact. Individuals are expected to exhibit strong customer service skills and a commitment to excellence. The individual should be an ambitious self-starter who is curious and resourceful while focusing on creating positive impact and lasting change.
  • The individual must exhibit strong, relevant experience with reporting and analytics including supporting visuals that cater to all levels within the organization. A successful candidate will have the ability to distill large amounts of data and information down to its most valuable insights, and then communicate and present those insights to senior leadership and functional area stakeholders.


  • MS Office with emphasis on advanced Excel skills is required
  • Tableau or other data analytics software experience preferred
  • Chrome River, AppZen or Elite 3E experience is helpful


  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

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