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Senior Manager Business Partner - Finance

Job ID: 7788

Updated: Apr 23, 2024

Location: New York, NY, 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 Manager Business Partner – Finance will work with Finance and Senior Partners to manage all aspects of Revenue operations.  The critical area of responsibility is the improvement of the effectiveness and quality of interactions between Partners and the Finance team, with the primary focus being around Revenue related items. This individual will lead the Firm’s Senior Revenue Management Analysts who are responsible for the consolidated reporting of the Firm’s practices with a focus towards driving actionable insights to improve performance.  

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

  • Attorney Focused:
        • Increase Finance Team engagement with Attorneys through deepening personal relationships and building credibility while marketing the capabilities of the Finance team.
        • Drive change management and training initiatives related to Finance priorities and ranging from items such as: providing better Partner reporting through PowerBI dashboards to upgrading our time-entry system to training new Share Partners on matter management.
        • Act as single Finance point-of-contact for Partners and clients on complex issues needing coordination through Finance (e.g. Reporting, pricing, client issues)
        • Work as Finance customer service contact for all Partners.  Listen to all issues and assist with remediation.
  • Finance Focused:
  • Develop relationships, credibility, and influence across Finance team that will be necessary for managing Partner requests, successfully.
  • Based on feedback from Attorney’s, work with Finance leadership to improve processes and offerings.
  • Work with various teams including Pricing, Billing, Revenue Operations, eBilling, and others, to improve overall quality and effectiveness of output.
  • Train Finance team staff on effective presentation and communication, with a focus on understanding how the business thinks.
  • Drive improvements to the revenue cycle, such as modifying or adding key controls, metrics, or reporting as necessary.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • The Senior Manager Business Partner - Finance will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in Professional Services organizations.
  • Big 4 Accounting experience, preferred.  Experience leading FP&A or Investor Relations teams a plus.
  • Strong understanding of all aspects of the Revenue Cycle.
  • Experience developing and leading teams
  • Established collaboration skills and the ability to communicate with both openness and transparency.
  • Outstanding organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, with gravitas and the ability to build a strong rapport with both partners and the Finance team.
  • Desire to provide the highest level of service and willing to jump in on any request and assist; this role will provide a mix of leading and doing.
  • Excellent project management and team leadership skills.  Ability to effectively manage reporting and analysis for multiple partners and clients.
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines.


  • MS Office with emphasis on Advanced Excel skills and PowerPoint presentation experience; knowledge of SQL a plus
  • General accounting software and database software, with an existing understanding of relational database concepts; knowledge of PowerBI a plus

How to Apply

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