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Financial Systems Manager

Job ID: 7768

Updated: Apr 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 Financial Systems Manager is responsible for the management and administration of the Firm’s financial systems representing the business processes of the Finance function. The Financial Systems Manager leads efforts relating to the planning, design, development, testing, and implementation of various financial systems. This role closely collaborates with Finance team leadership, the IT function, and other internal and external resources to identify continuous improvement opportunities and to support efforts in delivering superior tools and service to its customers.


  • Manage team of business analysts who oversee financial system operational responsibilities such as data integrity checking, month-end processing, systems setups, and tier 1 and 2 financial system application support.  
  • Manage the troubleshooting and documentation of issues and their resolution; evaluating, designing, documenting, and prioritizing enhancement requests. 
  • Implement standards and best practices for supporting Financial Systems and related BI solutions.
  • Support Finance staff in managing financial system data/report requests.
  • Understand the relationship between existing financial system modules, integrations, and other related systems in order to maintain their integrity in a changing environment.
  • Collaborate across Finance e areas to assess financial system application security, enhancement needs, and process transformation.
  • Partner with Finance and IT on financial systems strategy and execution on a global basis.
  • Vendor relationship management, including statements of work, consulting resource onboarding, invoice processing, etc.
  • Prepare project budgets and provide reporting on budget vs. actual activity.
  • Leverage project management experience to lead a variety of financial system initiatives, ensuring scope and budget are properly managed and that the business needs are met.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or similar field of study is required.
  • At least 10 years of hands-on experience with large scale financial management systems, preferably with Elite Enterprise or Elite 3E.  A comprehensive understanding of the law firm or professional services industry is necessary. 
  • 5 years experience of managing people. Proven track record of leading and developing a team.
  • Candidate should possess a solid understanding of all finance business process cycles.  Strong accounting and systems skills including accounting principles and common accounting terminology is required.
  • This candidate will have strong, analytical, research, and conceptual thinking skills. The ability to work independently, comprehend business requirements, and proactively identify system capabilities to address business requirements is critical.
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting, problem resolution, and follow through skills are required in order to management multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced and highly demanding environment.
  • Proficiency with SQL query logic, relational databases, and report writing experience is required.  This includes a broad literacy with reporting methodologies, including best practice approaches to data presentation and consumption.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Candidate 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.
  • Mindset of continuous improvement to assist in leading process improvement efforts in Finance.

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