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Senior Accountant (Reporting & Budgeting)

Job ID: 4763

Updated: Sep 13, 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 Senior Accountant is responsible for preparing financial reports and analyses as well as summarizing key metrics/information from multiple sources for comparisons to budget, forecast, historical, and/or available industry data. This individual will work with the Financial Reporting and Budgeting Team, Assistant Controller, Controller, and various office and functional department leaders.

  • In partnership with the Finance team’s reporting function, utilize SQL knowledge and technical aptitude/interest in financial systems to develop standard and ad-hoc queries of data from the Firm’s financial system(s), transforming raw data into summarized reports that support internal control activities and facilitate analysis.
  • Collaborate with members of the Firm’s international Finance team to prepare and reconcile local financial statements including statutory filings.
  • Prepare/review and analyze various financial reports including headcount metrics, variance analyses, and comparisons to other benchmarking information. 
  • Actively participate in/contribute to financial system and process re-engineering efforts.
  • Coordinate with teams within the Finance Department as well as Functional Area and Office Leaders to ensure appropriate use of Chart of Accounts as well as accurate GL coding.
  • Prepare monthly account reconciliations; analyze and correct discrepancies.
  • Participate in the Firm’s annual budget and forecast process.
  • Involvement in complex accounting projects and initiatives with other members of the Finance team as needed.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • The Senior Accountant will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business as well as three to five years of relevant work experience. Prior tenure in public accounting or at a law firm or other professional services company is a plus. Experience with multinational/multicurrency reporting including intercompany schedules, and/or CPA certification are also a plus.
  • This individual should be proactive, results oriented, and possess written and oral communication skills to clearly and concisely summarize conclusions and observations. Attention to detail and the eagerness to learn and to progress within a dynamic and growing environment are imperative. Individuals are expected to exhibit strong customer service skills and a commitment to excellence. The successful candidate will be capable of working with all levels of Firm personnel, both as a part of a team and independently.


  • MS Office with emphasis on advanced Excel skills is required
  • Solid SQL skills and the ability to construct and edit queries is also required
  • Elite 3E experience is a plus

How to Apply

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