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Financial Reporting & Budgeting Manager

Job ID: 7843

Updated: May 30, 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 Reporting & Budgeting Manager assists in leading the Firm’s annual expense and capital budget, and reforecast process. The Financial Reporting & Budgeting Manager will also provide collaborative, strategic, and value-added financial leadership while working closely with senior leadership and department budget owners to provide guidance, support, and expertise for all financial activities. The Financial Reporting & Budgeting Manager will be responsible for managing the analysis and reporting on the Firm’s financial performance and key measures against the budget for leadership throughout the year.

The Financial Reporting & Budgeting Manager will play a critical role in developing next generation reporting, modeling, and business insights for firm leadership, with focus on operational and business support expenses. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Lead annual budget and reforecast process partnering with departments across the Firm. 
  • Work side-by-side with business areas across the firm to develop the best approach for budgeting and delivering financial information in the most effective way.
  • Review and analyze various financial reports including variance analyses, and comparisons to budget and other benchmarking information.
  • Evaluate and analyze key business drivers and financial results and advise management of variances, risks, and opportunities.
  • Produce and present business information in compelling and easy to understand manner to create insights.
  • Respond to special requests for financial data and analyses on current and proposed projects and programs. Interprets results and formats to facilitate decision making.
  • Support the development of Financial Reporting and Budgeting staff ensuring they are utilized effectively and coached in areas needing development.
  • Streamline and enhance processes within the department.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • The Financial Reporting and Budgeting manager will have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, as well as six to ten years of experience, CPA designation preferred.  Prior tenure in public accounting or at a law firm or other professional services company is highly valued.
  • At least three years of experience in leading and managing people; demonstrated ability to work in cross-functional teams is critical.
  • Excellent analytical skills.  Ability to effectively communicate complex financial information to broad audiences.
  • Candidate should be proactive, results-oriented, and possess written and oral communication skills to clearly and concisely summarize conclusions and observations to various members of the Firm and Finance leadership.
  • This individual should be collaborative and have the ability to communicate with openness and transparency with personnel at all levels.
  • Excellent organizational skills as well as the ability to develop creative solutions/alternatives to issues/questions are critical. This individual must have the ability and willingness to assess procedures and proactively recommend improvements to existing processes. 
  • Having at least two years of experience directly working on headcount and compensation planning is preferred.
  • Experience working with a financial performance/budget system is preferred. OneStream and/or 3E would be an advantage.
  • Advanced Excel knowledge.

How to Apply

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