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Business Intake Supervisor - Acceptance

Job ID: 5169

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Conflicts Docket/Records Mgmt


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 Business Intake Supervisor - Acceptance is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the duties of the dedicated Acceptance team including final review of all new client, new matter, and revisions to existing clients and matters using the Firm’s automated business intake system.  The major focus of the position will be quality of outcomes, workflow analysis/adjustments, and exceptional customer service.  This position reports to the Business Intake Manager and is subject to the needs that may arise in aiding the Firm’s Office of the General Counsel, Risk Management, and the business intake and conflicts area in general.

The Business Intake Supervisor - Acceptance has these core responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Office of the General Counsel and Risk Management leadership, ensure the activities of the Business Intake - Acceptance team align with the Firm’s risk management policies and goals, utilize industry best practices, and assist the Firm lawyers in adhering to the business rules set forth by the Firm.
  • Maintain high standard for customer service and quality control.
  • Deliver prompt results that take into account the unique needs of the attorneys and staff.
  • Oversee issues related to staff hiring, personnel coaching and improvement, and termination.
  • Review complicated and sensitive business intake acceptance issues and escalate appropriately for resolution.
  • Work closely with the Business Intake supervisors, Business Intake Manager and conflicts team to ensure coordination of systems, workflow and outcomes.
  • Develop strong working relationships with attorneys, legal support staff and staff in other Firm administrative departments.


  • Oversee and assist with the final review and approval of all potential new business and modifications to existing clients and matters through the Firm’s automated business intake system.
  • Supervise daily department workflow to ensure timely completion of department responsibilities including reviewing for accuracy, thoroughness and completeness.
  • Assist with development and delivery of all training to committee and practice group approvers on the business rules, applications, processes, and policies associated with business intake.
  • In conjunction with the other Business Intake Supervisors and Business Intake Manager, identify staffing needs for the dedicated business intake team, including new positions, new hires, and terminations.
  • Organize training of new employees, including documentation updates, on-going training sessions, and scheduled peer review. Meet regularly with members of the team.
  • Update and ensure accuracy of all process and procedure documentation related to the Business Intake - Acceptance team.
  • Recommend technology and process improvements.
  • Oversee and support team’s performance in all routine and complex functions that support the activities of the department, including but not limited to new business intake systems, firmwide information barrier application, engagement letter management, SharePoint sites, and all department-wide administrative duties.
  • Be available for urgent and confidential situations, including evenings and weekends. Be available 24/7 via mobile device.
  • Work together with department management to deliver quarterly, annual and ad hoc, performance, management, statistical, and other reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess five to seven years of related experience, including conflicts searching or similar process management/risk management experience required.  Must have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects at once while meeting deadlines and working in a fast paced environment with minimal supervision. Four year college degree required. Advanced degree, J.D. or M.B.A. preferred. Candidate must have strong organizational skills; must possess exceptional writing and oral communication skills; strict attention to detail; and possess strong interpersonal skills. Studies in areas directly applicable to the duties described above (e.g. business administration, project management, management, paralegal/legal assistant, finance) desirable but not required depending upon other professional and educational experience. Previous supervisory experience and demonstrated leadership abilities is a plus.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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