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Tax Manager

Job ID: 5260

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

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 Tax Manager will support the Director of Taxes in the management and review of partnership and other business tax returns, estimates, extensions, and provide support for inquiries from various tax authorities. This position will mentor the department’s tax analysts. This individual will work with both internal and external parties and must be able to handle multiple projects concurrently. The ideal candidate collaborates with the accounting and leadership teams within Finance and the Firm to identify opportunities for process improvement and potential areas of risk.  They will monitor current and impending changes to tax regulations and make the appropriate updates to policies and strategies.


  • Ensure the accurate and timely filing of consolidated federal, state and local income tax returns and other business related filings.
  • Review tax returns and quarterly/yearly estimated tax projections.
  • Collaborate with the Tax Director in developing and implementing strategic tax planning for federal and state taxes.
  • Work with the Tax Director to monitor legislative and regulatory tax law developments; communicate the effects of these developments to management and the tax team and create strategies to capitalize on changes to taxation legislation.
  • Manage and facilitate IRS and state income tax audits including preparing responses, creating schedules, etc.
  • Develop and review the Firm’s tax trial balance to ensure accuracy (e.g. all accruals and other adjustments are accounted for).
  • Liaise with outside tax consultants on various tax studies (e.g. M&E, etc.).
  • Assist the Tax Director with the documentation and implementation of policies and process improvements.
  • Partner with the Director of Taxes to develop the tax analysts.
  • Other related duties and special projects as required.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance; strong accounting, analytical, and research skills are required.
  • Law firm/professional services firm experience with both US and International operations is desired; experience with a “Big 4” or other National CPA firm is a plus.
  • At least 6 years of experience managing the preparation of US federal, state, and local income tax returns is required.
  • Extensive individual and partnership tax knowledge; familiarity with U.S. federal, state and local reporting requirements; and knowledge of tax code, compliance, and procedures for corporations are necessary.
  • This individual should be organized, proactive, and results oriented.  
  • The ability to collaborate and effectively facilitate information sharing within Finance and other functions within the Firm to meet sensitive tax filing deadlines through the year is 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 tax function and its responsibilities.
  • Management experience and the ability to organize and prioritize tasks and the tasks of other tax team members to drive process improvements.
  • Work well independently as well as with stakeholders; excellent written and verbal communication skills with personnel of all levels.


  • MS Office with emphasis on Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with Elite 3E a plus

How to Apply

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