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Finance Project Manager

Job ID: 5468

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

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 Manager will work collaboratively to lead the implementation of Finance department projects, specifically process improvements and related technology initiatives. This individual will focus on projects to maximize efficiency and achieve seamless service to business owners. Impacted financial systems include, but are not exclusive to, Elite 3E (Billing & Collections, AP, and General ledger), plus various systems utilized for expense reimbursements, purchasing/invoicing, investment partnership management, budgeting & forecasting, tax, and other financial functions.

  • Drive Finance process and related technology improvement initiatives.
  • Cross functional coordination of all project phases, including initiating, prioritizing, planning, approving, executing, and monitoring.
  • In collaboration with Finance functional leaders, facilitate business requirements gathering in order to identify, document, and analyze business processes and technologies; create business cases and obtain budget approvals as required.
  • Develop project plans with specific goals, strategy, schedules, identification of risks, contingency plans, and allotment of resources.
  • Organize meetings and presentations with functional leaders to confirm requirements as well as with the project development team to discuss, analyze, and confirm solutions.
  • Utilize creative and analytical thinking to develop solution alternatives and develop recommendations; work with business leads to build trust with the business owners by delivering a constant stream of new innovation ideas that fit within finance strategies.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of project team personnel to ensure project progresses on schedule and results meet objectives, milestones, and scope. Coordinate with IT as necessary on technology related projects.
  • Work with functional leaders to develop training and change management plans.
  • Communicate effectively with management, functional leaders, subject matter experts, and project team members.
  • Provide periodic updates to leadership where key information is concisely developed and delivered in a logical and persuasive manner.

Ensure delivery of high quality, cost effective solutions to the business.

Qualifications & Requirements

The successful candidate will have 7+ years of experience supporting accounting and/or finance functions, showing progressive growth in responsibilities.  A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or similar area of study is required.  A comprehensive understanding of the law firm or professional services industry is necessary. 

Demonstrated experience partnering with key stakeholders on finance process and technology related improvement projects is required. This candidate will have strong accounting, analytical, research, and conceptual thinking skills. The ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple priorities, and perform job responsibilities with minimal supervision in imperative.

The ability to lead and work effectively on a team and with other functional areas and customers throughout the organization is required. This candidate must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and be proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented. This individual should possess strong written and oral communication skills in order to clearly and concisely summarize observations, conclusions, and recommendations.

Proficiency with SQL query logic, relational databases, and report writing experience would be desirable, but is not required.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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