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Senior Investment Partnerships Accountant

Job ID: 5477

Updated: Apr 8, 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 Senior Investment Partnerships Accountant will work closely with our Investment Partnerships and Financial Accounting, Budget, & Controls groups.  The Senior Investment Partnerships Accountant will be responsible for assisting with the preparation and analysis of financial data for numerous private investment funds of funds. This individual will be responsible for the accounting and reporting functions related to the Firm’s private equity Investment Partnerships program, including financial reporting management and support of Fund Audits.

  • Prepare and review 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.
  • Provide proper accounting of multiple investment funds and related entities, including the review/preparation of all related journal entries, work papers, reconciliations, NAVs and trial balances required for periodic closes.
  • Prepare reconciliations of fund cash and investment positions; identify and communicate exceptions in reconciliations and lead resolutions.
  • Track fund level expenses, accruals, capital calls, distributions, management fees and incentive fees.
  • Assist with analysis related to fundraising/due diligence requests, and/or ongoing investor reporting.
  • Manage audit and tax reporting processes with internal and external parties (i.e. investment advisors and outside accounting firms).
  • Monitor compliance with funds’ various credit facilities and reporting compliance.
  • Prepare and review data for monthly/quarterly investor statements; review and reconcile general ledger activity to investor statements.
  • Support the 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; identify and develop improvements to internal processes.
  • Special projects as needed.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or Finance is required; CPA certification is strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of accounting and/or audit experience, with experience in fund of funds accounting in a fast-paced, demanding environment and a general understanding of the private equity industry.
  • Experience in accounting for various types of entities including private equity funds, funds of funds (Master Feeder Structures, Standalone Entities, Side by Side and Segregated Portfolios).
  • Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills.
  • Adept at working in a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment.
  • This individual should be proactive, results oriented, and possess written and oral communication skills to clearly and concisely summarize conclusions and observations.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize workload.
  • 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 full MS Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc) with advanced Excel skills and the ability to work with large data sets

Experience with QuickBooks a plus

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