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Finance Project Manager

Job ID: 6980

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

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 3,000+ 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 Finance Project Manager will work collaboratively to lead the implementation of Finance department projects, specifically process improvements and related technology initiatives. This individual will focus on projects to maximize efficiency and achieve seamless service to business owners. Impacted financial systems include, but are not exclusive to, Elite 3E (Billing & Collections, AP, and General ledger), plus various systems utilized for expense reimbursements, purchasing/invoicing, investment partnership management, budgeting & forecasting, tax, and other financial functions.

Essential Functions:

  • Drive Finance process and related technology improvement initiatives.
  • Cross functional coordination of all project phases, including initiating, prioritizing, planning, approving, executing, and monitoring.
  • In collaboration with Finance functional leaders, facilitate business requirements gathering in order to identify, document, and analyze business processes and technologies; create business cases and obtain budget approvals as required.
  • Develop project plans with specific goals, strategy, schedules, identification of risks, contingency plans, and allotment of resources.
  • Organize meetings and presentations with functional leaders to confirm requirements as well as with the project team to discuss, analyze, and confirm solutions.
  • Utilize creative and analytical thinking to develop solution alternatives and develop recommendations; work with business leads to build trust with the business owners by delivering a constant stream of new innovation ideas that fit within finance strategies.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of project team personnel to ensure projects progress on schedule and results meet objectives, milestones, and scope. Coordinate with IT as necessary on technology related projects.
  • Work with functional leaders to develop training and change management plans.
  • Communicate effectively with management, functional leaders, subject matter experts, and project team members.
  • Provide periodic updates to leadership where key information is concisely developed and delivered in a logical and persuasive manner.
  • Ensure delivery of high quality, cost effective solutions to the business.

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.  A comprehensive understanding of the law firm or professional services industry would be preferred. 

Demonstrated experience partnering with key stakeholders on finance process and technology related improvement projects is required. This candidate will have strong accounting, analytical, research, and conceptual thinking skills. The ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple priorities, and perform job responsibilities with minimal supervision in imperative.

The ability to lead and work effectively on a team and with other functional areas and customers throughout the organization is required. 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.


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

How to Apply

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