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Business Development Specialist (Transactional Business Intelligence)

Job ID: 5323

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Business Development


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

This position will support the Business Intelligence (BI) efforts of the Firm, as part of the Marketing & Business Development (BD) Department. Business Intelligence is one of the fastest-growing areas in the Firm, pairing information with insight to equip our partners with vital knowledge and drive new business initiatives forward. As a Specialist, you will be a key member of the BI team—driving research requests and strategic projects forward using the lifeblood of strategic decision making: research + data.

Key responsibilities include mining a variety of resources to create intelligence briefings, compiling competitive metrics, and managing high-level cross-marketing and targeting projects. You will also help steer some of the BI team’s proactive market monitoring initiatives. This position will focus on Kirkland’s Transactional practice, and you should have thorough knowledge of the private equity space as well as the elements of an M&A transaction, with the ability to distinguish between various types of deals.

This position will report to the BI Manager in New York with additional guidance from the Global BI Associate Director and the New York BD Director. The BI group operates alongside nearly 125 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to Kirkland’s overall business development, marketing and communications function. Our international team provides seamless service to some of the brightest minds in the legal industry, with an emphasis on quality, innovation and responsiveness.


  • Gather and vet data from various sources/databases to compile a variety of intelligence briefings, including (but not limited to):
    • company/private equity firm profiles
    • relationship intelligence documents
    • biographical dossiers
  • Lead high-level research and targeting, competitive intelligence, and benchmarking projects for the M&A practice and/or New York office
  • Monitor alerts and news flow to support proactive BI team initiatives
  • Maintain best practices with regard to data collection and mining, including internal database audits and updates


  • Manage additional research and organizational functions as assigned by management
  • Assist with various initiatives that intersect with other functional areas within the marketing context

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree and more than five years’ experience in the workforce is required in either a law firm, finance or professional services organization
  • Excellent client service orientation and listening skills, with comfort interacting with key Business Development and senior Firm personnel
  • Proven ability to organize and manage a diverse range of projects, prioritizing multiple tasks with competing deadlines (at times in high-pressure situations)
  • Meticulous methods of information acquisition, compilation, and communication (including the use of online information databases, tools and resources); attention to detail is imperative
  • Superior analytical skill, with the ability to absorb, refine, and concisely convey complex information and make connections across disciplines
  • Strong interpersonal skills to cultivate meaningful team and stakeholder relationships; diplomacy, intellectual curiosity and a positive attitude/sense of humor is preferred


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, particularly an expertise with Excel, PowerPoint and Word, is required. Candidates may be subject to an Excel and PowerPoint test.
  • Experience with Adobe and SharePoint are preferred. Working knowledge of InterAction is a plus.

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