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Staff Accountant

Job ID: 5776

Updated: Jun 2, 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 Staff Accountant is responsible for preparing reconciliations, financial reports and analyses in support of monthly and annual financial accounting cycles. This individual will work with the Associate Director of Financial Accounting, other Finance leaders, and various office and functional department leaders. The staff accountant will also assist on various finance related projects and initiatives from time to time.

  • Prepare and maintain monthly bank and balance sheet reconciliations for all U.S. offices; identify process improvement to enhance the process.
  • Prepare adjusting manual journal entries and post approved entries as received.
  • Coordinate the Firm’s unclaimed property procedures.
  • Create, update and distribute monthly general ledger and ad hoc reports for various offices and functional groups within the Firm.
  • Support the enhancement of general ledger guidance and related reference materials.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the general ledger chart of accounts, such as creating new Naturals, Work Types, Project Codes, etc. and account combinations; deactivate accounts to enhance the options that appear in Chrome River, ePlus, etc.
  • Assist with the Firm’s various external audit engagements.
  • Actively participate in/contribute to system and process re-engineering efforts; recognize/assess the downstream impacts of process changes.
  • Perform special projects as requested.


  • 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

  • The Staff Accountant will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business. Prior experience in Public Accounting or at a law firm/other professional services company is a plus; recent graduates with college internship experience will be considered. This individual should be a CPA or actively pursuing CPA certification.
  • 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.
  • Individuals are expected to exhibit strong customer service skills and a commitment to excellence.
  • The successful candidate will be capable of working with all levels of Firm personnel, both as a part of a team and independently.


  • MS Office with emphasis on advanced Excel skills is required
  • Elite 3E experience is a plus.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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