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Contract Analyst

Job ID: 7829

Updated: May 29, 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 Contract Analyst will support the review and negotiation of the Firm’s vendor agreements and contract life cycle management under the direction of Lead Procurement Counsel. This includes assisting the Firm’s business teams with contract intake, and drafting and finalizing various contractual instruments, including Service Agreements, Consulting Agreements, Statements of Work, and other commercial agreements. This role requires close collaboration with Procurement Counsel, business owners, and Strategic Sourcing professionals to support the Firm’s procurement activities in accordance with the Firm’s policies and risk management objectives.

Opportunities to expand responsibilities and progress within the Procurement function are available for individuals based on strong performance and the desire to grow.       

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

  • Assist in the drafting and legal review of contracting documents ensuring compliance with Firm policies.
  • Serve as the first point of escalation for review of legal issues stemming from form agreements issued by Procurement professionals.
  • Prepare and disseminate information regarding contract activity and various criteria, as needed.
  • Respond to internal requests for contract-related information and data.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A juris doctor degree is required.
  • One (1) or more years of prior commercial contract review experience within a corporate legal or finance department, or comparable internship environment is required.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and project management skills; strong attention to detail and organizational skills are critical.
  • Ability to adapt easily to new software and other web-based tools.
  • Individuals in this role are expected to exhibit strong customer service and good judgment in communications with attorneys, staff, and vendors of the Firm, including safeguarding the confidentiality of client and Firm information.
  • Attention to detail, the capacity to learn, and implementation of feedback in a consistent manner within a dynamic and growing environment are imperative.


  • A working knowledge of MS Office suite with advanced Word editing skills are required.
  • A working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat Pro is preferred.
  • A working knowledge of DocuSign is preferred.


This job is a hybrid position with a mix of remote and in-office presence.

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