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Senior Financial Systems Business Analyst

Job ID: 7523

Updated: Jan 12, 2024

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 Financial Systems Business Analyst will support the firm’s business cycle processes and related technology improvements. This individual will also work closely with the key stakeholders to help ensure business requirements are understood and met, as well as provide end user operational and application support for the Firm’s financial systems.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Provide support for the Firm’s financial systems, including, but not exclusive to, billing and accounting, budget, procure-to-pay, and expense reporting applications.  Collaborate closely with IT and other business departments when supporting system integrations.
  • Participate in data validation and system testing; perform data analysis to investigate issues.
  • Support the development and implementation of training and change management plans.
  • Drive all phases of business process and related technology improvements, including developing and executing on project plans that will lead to successful implementation of these initiatives.  This includes, but is not limited to, business requirements gathering and documentation, assisting in the evaluation of technology solutions, developing solution alternatives and recommendations, building test plans, and collaborating with developers. 
  • Utilize creative and analytical thinking to develop solution alternatives and 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.
  • Perform project management duties for smaller scale business process improvements and other Finance project initiatives.

Qualifications & Requirements

  •  A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or similar field of study is required. Strong analytical, research, and conceptual thinking skills are required.
  • At least 5 years of hands-on experience with large scale financial management systems, preferably with Elite Enterprise or Elite 3E, with specific experience and knowledge of revenue cycle functions.
  • Process improvement experience with a global, multi-currency, multi- jurisdictional law firm or professional services firm.
  • 2 to 3 years of Project Management experience.
  • Candidate should possess a solid understanding of all finance business process cycles.
  • The ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple priorities, and perform job responsibilities with minimal supervision in imperative.  Ability to self direct work while keeping leadership apprised and engaged for critical issues.
  • Knowledge and/or an interest in developing SQL skills, including the creation of queries and transforming data into reporting and analytics, is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are required and the individual must be proactive and results oriented. Individuals are expected to exhibit strong customer service skills and a commitment to excellence.
  • Candidates should possess strong written and oral communication skills in order to clearly and concisely summarize observations, conclusions, and recommendations.  The successful candidate will be capable of working with all levels of Firm personnel, both as part of a team and independently.   


  • Experience with Elite 3E and/or Elite Enterprise is preferred
  • Experience with a major Procurement to Pay application (such as Coupa or GEP) is preferred
  • Advance skills with Microsoft Suite of Products – Excel, Word, and PowerPoint is required

How to Apply

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