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Investment Partnership Accountant

Job ID: 5300

Updated: Feb 10, 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 Investment Partnerships Accountant will work closely with our Financial Accounting, Budget, & Controls and Investment Partnerships groups.  This individual will be responsible for the accounting and reporting functions related to the Firm’s private equity Investment Partnerships program, including review of transactions, financial reporting, and reconciliation of dozens of fund related accounts.


  • Prepare monthly bank account reconciliations related to Investment Partnerships activity; review reconciliations prepared by others.
  • Prepare timely and accurate financial reporting and analysis, including, but not exclusive to quarterly and annual consolidated financial statements of numerous Investment Partnerships comprised primarily of limited partnership interests in private equity funds.
  • Identify and communicate exceptions in account reconciliations and lead resolutions.
  • Review transactions related to capital calls, distributions and other fund transactions; cash planning support.
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly investor statements; review and reconcile general ledger activity to investor statements.
  • Support the development and implementation of the Investment Partnerships reporting tool, including development of the general ledger for reporting, operational and administrative needs.
  • Streamline and automate the reporting and functional processes where needed; enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the financial function.
  • Special projects as needed.

The individual in this role will have the capability to expand the scope of their responsibilities into the performance analytics function over time.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or Finance is required; CPA certification is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of accounting and/or audit experience, with experience in fund accounting in a fast-paced, demanding environment and a general understanding of the private equity industry.
  • Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills.
  • 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.
  • The candidate must be confident working independently and often assertively.
  • The candidate must have a strong customer service orientation, good people skills, and a commitment to excellence.


  • Strong knowledge of MS Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc)
  • Experience with Elite 3E a plus

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