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Staff Accountant

Job ID: 4764

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 Staff 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 Assistant Controller, Controller, Chief Financial Officer, and various office and functional department leaders.

  • Prepare and maintain monthly bank and balance sheet reconciliations for all U.S. offices.
  • Assist with the Firm’s annual budget and forecast process including creating various presentations and ad hoc reports as well as providing information to budget holders.
  • Create, update and distribute monthly general ledger and ad hoc reports for various offices and functional groups within the Firm.
  • Coordinate and clearly document the completion of various governmental and vendor surveys of key financial data points as needed.
  • Maintain the Firm’s fixed asset sub-ledger and related depreciation schedules.
  • Assist in general ledger maintenance by opening new general ledger accounts, service codes, and project codes.
  • Create and post journal entries to the general ledger.
  • Actively participate in/contribute to system and process re-engineering efforts; recognize/assess the downstream impacts of process changes.
  • Perform special projects as requested.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • The Staff Accountant will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business. Prior experience in Public Accounting or at a law firm/other professional services company is a plus. This individual should be a CPA or actively pursuing CPA certification. Recent graduates and individuals with up to two year of work experience will be considered.
  • 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
  • Fixed Asset Software (FAS), and/or SQL, and/or Elite 3E experience are a plus.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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