Job ID: 7569
Updated: Feb 1, 2024
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Category: Human Resources
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
This position is assigned to the HR Operations department, whose goal is to support the efficient operation of the Firm’s Human Resource function, by effectively managing systems, data, and information processes.
The HR Operations department is primarily responsible for updating and maintaining accurate HR, Benefit, Payroll, Timestamp and Absence-related data in the Firm’s Core HCM system (PeopleSoft), ensuring that HR data is regularly audited, reliable, and fit for reporting and payroll processing.
The HR Operations team is responsible for understanding the data needs of our upstream and downstream consumers, responding to report requests for HR Data and training staff to report on HR Data using the Firm’s HR System.
The HR Operations team is also responsible for leading and participating in all HR data-related initiatives such as new system implementations and upgrades that dovetail with HR data, system enhancements and bug fixes, and any other business process change involving the Human Resource function and its data. This includes leading change management efforts through the lens of the end-user, to drive adoption and improve the end-user’s experience with HR software.
The HR Operations department is seeking an HR Operations Specialist to support the team both by entering transactions into the Firm’s HCM system, and by assisting management with planning and executing on department initiatives, as assigned. Projects can be limited in scope such as targeted data clean-up on one field, or broader in scope such as fit-gap analysis and implementing HR process redesign.
The HR Operations Specialist role requires a results-driven professional who is highly organized, willing to serve as a lead to the assistants and coordinators on the team, and can effectively communicate with all levels of the organization. The role is expected to operate with efficiency and enthusiasm, providing seamless customer service to the variety of functions that the HR Operations team partners with including recruiting, payroll, benefits, and HRIS.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Data entry-related activities expected to be ~50% of job duties
Other assigned work expected to be ~50% of job duties
The ideal candidate will possess the following key competencies:
Qualifications & Requirements
A Bachelor’s degree in or equivalent experience in a related field and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in Human Resources required. Proficiency with MS Office, particularly Excel, is also required. Experience in a law firm or professional services environment preferred. The HR Operations Specialist must have excellent judgment; exceptional problem-solving skills; superior oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment. In addition, the successful candidate will be self-motivated, organized, and able to multi-task and effectively prioritize competing demands on his or her time and attention.
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