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Accounts Payable Coordinator (Vendor/Cash Focus)

Job ID: 4745

Updated: Sep 5, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Finance/Accounting

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The Accounts Payable (“AP”) Coordinator performs, under minimal supervision, a wide range of accounts payable activities including vendor due diligence and set-up, cash application functions, and expense review and payment processing as described by Firm policy. Additional duties include auditing receipts, review and accrual of sales/use tax during three way matching process of invoices, and obtaining vendor documentation from requestors.

  • Perform vendor due diligence and set-up, including running of Dun & Bradstreet reports, verifying tax identification using IRS TIN matching website and obtaining necessary approvals.
  • Reconcile vendor statements by reviewing past due invoices and maintain vendor contacts to resolve payments issues.
  • Research and identify payment application and accurate posting to client invoices.
  • Prepare the daily bank deposit and ensure bank deadlines are met.
  • Post daily remote deposits from other US offices, ACH/EFT, and bank wire activity.
  • Conduct daily audit of reports and receipts for consistent compliance to Firm policies and monitors and track various monthly reports, i.e. pending approvals, duplicates, and unsubmitted transactions.
  • Verify and assess multiple state jurisdictions of state/use tax accruals on invoices during three way matching.
  • Record expert witness and local counsel exceptions with notifications to New Business Department.
  • Perform and reconcile accounts payable and soft cost uploads for posting to financial software.
  • Process voucher reclassifications.
  • Answer inquiries from accounts payable support line and achieve issue resolution.
  • Assemble paperwork and approvals for final verification before payments are released to vendors and maintain electronic storage of completed accounts payable documentation in the Firm’s document management system.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • The Accounts Payable Coordinator will have at least 3-5 years of accounts payable work experience, preferably in a law firm or professional services industry, showing progressive growth in responsibilities. Previous experience with cash application and/or vendor set-up is a plus.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business is preferred.
  • Familiarity with 3E Elite financial system and Chrome River expense and invoice management application is highly desirable.    
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are required and the individuals must be proactive and results oriented. Attention to detail and the eagerness to learn and to progress within a dynamic and growing organization are imperative. Individuals are expected to exhibit strong customer service skills and a commitment to excellence.
  • Shows initiative by taking on additional works and assisting team members to bring tasks to completion.
  • The ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment and consistently meet deadlines.


  • Intermediate level Microsoft Excel skills are required
  • Elite 3E
  • Chrome River

How to Apply

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