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Project Manager - Data Analysis & Insights

Job ID: 7875

Updated: Jun 14, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Business Development


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

Kirkland & Ellis is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Project Manager for its Data Analysis & Insight team, which is part of the larger Business Development group. The ideal candidate will possess strong project management skills, a deep understanding of data analysis methodologies, and experience working in a law firm or similar professional services environment. This role is critical in helping the Directors within the group to drive the successful delivery of research and data projects that enhance our Firm's operational efficiency and strategic goals.

We are looking for an exceptional communicator and critical thinker with a history of taking initiative and a genuine intellectual curiosity. You will possess excellent organizational skills, outstanding attention to detail, the ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment and a professional and polished demeanor. You will be oriented toward continuous improvement – of both your own work product and of the team as a whole.

We operate from a team-first position and value honesty, diligence and open communication. Success in this role will depend upon your ability to collaborate effectively with team members, develop familiarity with the Firm’s various resources and systems, anticipate questions and potential issues and consistently “go the extra mile” without being asked. You will be expected to establish yourself as a trusted, responsive resource to your BD colleagues and our attorneys. Excellent judgment and discretion in handling confidential or sensitive information is critical in this role.

In this role, you will communicate and collaborate regularly with a global team of approximately 160 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader BD, marketing, and communications efforts of the Firm. Kirkland’s international BD team provides seamless service to our attorneys with a focus on quality, innovation, and responsiveness.

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

  • Under the supervision of the two Data Analysis & Insight Directors, manage multiple research or data projects from inception to completion, ensuring timely delivery within scope.
  • Develop detailed project plans, including timelines, milestones, and resource allocation.
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams, including IT, Finance, Human Resources, Risk, and external vendors.
  • Work alongside a team of experienced researchers and data analysts to manage projects in a collaborative and high-performance culture.
  • Conduct regular team meetings to track progress, address challenges, and ensure alignment with project objectives.
  • Present project updates, insights, and recommendations to Directors or stakeholders, ensuring clear communication and alignment with business objectives.
  • Partner with project leads to oversee the collection, analysis, and interpretation of complex data sets to provide actionable insights.
  • Partner with project leads to ensure the accuracy and integrity of data used in analysis and reporting.
  • Possess knowledge of or experience with advanced data analytics tools and techniques to drive insights and support decision-making.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Business Administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Proven experience as a Project Manager in a data analysis or insight team, preferably within a law firm or professional services environment.
  • Excellent leadership abilities, client service orientation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with various levels of personnel, internally and externally, including existing and potential clients.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, clients, staff, and guests of the Firm.
  • Ability to take initiative, adapt to change and work independently in high-pressure, deadline-driven scenarios while exercising sound judgment and making intelligent, informed decisions.
  • Collaborative approach to working within a team, including the ability to take direction and implement feedback.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of legal industry practices and trends is a plus.
  • PMP or equivalent project management certification is desirable.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, with the ability to look at a document and spot conflicting pieces of information on the same topic.
  • Diplomacy, intellectual curiosity, and a positive attitude/sense of humor is preferred.


  • Experience with managing projects involving Data Visualization tools such a Qlik and Power BI is required.
  • Experience with SQL, R, Power Automate, JIRA, Azure, and Profisee is a preferred.
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office software, particularly an expertise with advanced Excel is required.
  • Experience using Mergermarket, CapIQ, Preqin, Debtwire, PitchBook etc. to understand research is preferred.


  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. Other web-based and digital platforms.

This role offers a hybrid work arrangement.

How to Apply

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