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Senior Accrual Accountant

Job ID: 7400

Updated: Nov 10, 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 alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; 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 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

The Senior Accrual Accountant is responsible for preparing accrual reconciliations, financial reports and analyses in support of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial accounting cycles.  This individual will work with the Senior Manager of Financial Accounting, other Finance leaders, and various office and functional department leaders. The Senior Accrual Accountant will also assist on various finance related projects and initiatives from time to time.

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

  • Prepare and maintain accrual schedules for all offices; identify process improvement to enhance the process.
  • Perform routine reviews of invoice data, general ledger detail and supporting documentation to identify year-end prepayments
  • Work side-by-side with business areas across the firm to record year-end accrual entries.
  • Research and summarize accounting guidance for relevant emerging technical accounting issues and in accordance with the evolution of the Firm’s business operations.
  • Prepare adjusting manual journal entries and post approved entries as received.
  • Create, update and distribute monthly general ledger and ad hoc reports for various offices and functional groups within the Firm.
  • Assist with the Firm’s various external audit engagements.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to system and process re-engineering efforts; recognize and assess the downstream impacts of process changes.
  • Perform special projects as requested.

The individual in this role will have the capability to expand the scope of their responsibilities into the performance analytics function over time.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • The Senior Accrual Accountant will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business. This individual should be a CPA or close to completion.  
  • The candidate should have 4+ years of work experience; prior experience in Public Accounting or at a law firm/other professional services company is a plus.
  • This individual should be organized, analytical, proactive, results oriented, and possess written and oral communication skills to summarize conclusions and observations clearly and concisely.
  • Attention to detail and the eagerness to learn and to progress within a dynamic, fast-paced, and growing environment are imperative.
  • The candidate must have a strong customer service orientation, good people skills, and a commitment to excellence.
  • The successful candidate will be capable of working with all levels of Firm personnel, both as a part of a team and independently.


  • Strong knowledge of full MS Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc) with advanced Excel skills and the ability to work with large data sets
  • Experience with Elite 3E and/or OneStream is a plus

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