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Senior Partner Accounting Analyst

Job ID: 5037

Updated: May 14, 2019

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 Partner Accounting Analyst will have a detailed understanding of the Firm’s partnership accounting activities while working closely with the Treasurer, Controller, and the Firm’s partners. This individual will support the Firm’s partners by preparing individualized Partner cash flow forecasts and annual Partner distribution memos; reviewing Firmwide cash/debt level models; and assisting in new partner orientations/presentations. The Senior Partner Accounting Analyst will be expected to identify, prepare, and develop alternatives to increase efficiency and improve data integrity.

  • Drive exemplary service to partners in delivering accurate and timely information regarding their capital, loans, distribution and cash flows; anticipate and communicate timely any potential issues regarding partner’s participation and capital.
  • Ensure partnership accounting services are provided accurately and efficiently; regularly review and develop internal processes and resources to promote the responsive delivery of services.
  • Prepare Partner cash flow forecasts, annual distribution memos, and loan documentation.
  • Reconcile partner capital accounts and review of interest payments on capital loans.
  • Allocate distributions of profit across the partnership for current year and SFA earnings, accurately calculating partnership share levels and true-up adjustments for joiners, leavers, special arrangements, etc.
  • Ensure partnership financial records are meticulously maintained, controlled, and safeguarded; review partner offer letters and transition memos; ensure proper execution of agreements.
  • Participate in other Treasury department related tasks/projects as needed.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or Accounting is required.
  • At least two years of previous experience in a law firm or the professional services industry is required; previous experience with partnership accounting is highly desired.
  • Superior presentation, written, and verbal communication skills; the ability to interact credibly and diplomatically with all levels in an organization – tailoring communications effectively for different groups and stakeholders.
  • Dynamic energy level, an unquestioned work ethic, and a commitment to excellence is required.
  • Strong accounting, analytical, and conceptual thinking skills; the ability to work with intricate data, while maintaining an awareness of the overall objective and how all the relevant data points fit together is critical.
  • The successful candidate must be capable of working with all levels of Firm personnel, both as part of a team and independently; the ability to maintain confidentiality is critical.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and the ability to take ownership of his/her assigned responsibilities with limited supervision are also critical success factors for this role.


  • A strong working knowledge of the MS Office suite with advanced analytical skills are necessary, with particular proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint.

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