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Finance Project Analyst

Job ID: 5241

Updated: Dec 19, 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 Finance Project Analyst will support a variety of Finance Department process improvement initiatives. This individual will work with both internal and external parties to manage projects and processes within Finance. The Finance Project Analyst will provide analytical and project management support, coordinate activities, and track progress and results of projects and initiatives.


  • Participate in the development and execution of the Finance team’s process improvement and transformation efforts. 
  • Assist in analyzing operational and strategic business processes.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop recommendations for improvements and provide change management support.
  • The Finance Project Analyst will manage finance business process improvement projects.  Tasks will include the preparation and update of project documentation, as well as, the communication of project status, issues and resolution of issues.
  • Assist in monitoring of the overall Finance Process Improvement project portfolio including developing an effective tracking system and management reporting.

Qualifications & Requirements

An ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance with a minimum of six years of experience in a law or professional services firm. Experience with a “Big 4” or other National CPA firm and project management experience is preferred.  

This individual should have project management experience.  Key qualities are proactivity and the ability to communicate with personnel at all levels. Candidates should possess strong written and oral communication skills in order to clearly and concisely summarize observations, conclusions, and recommendations.

A collaborative style and a strong customer service orientation are required. The candidate needs to be a critical thinker who possesses a high level of intellectual curiosity, while at the same time is comfortable navigating the details involved with the function and its responsibilities.

Given the variety of projects this individual will be exposed to, the ability to learn new concepts quickly and to develop creative solutions/alternatives to issues/questions is critical. Advanced skills in mining financial information from a variety of financial and business systems, interpreting this data, and converting into analytics are essential.


  • Advanced MS Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint presentation skills are necessary.

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