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Benefits Manager

Job ID: 5835

Updated: Jun 29, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Human Resources


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 Kirkland Benefits Department is dedicated to delivering the highest level of service to our internal clients, and we recognize the close connection between maintaining efficient administrative operations and our ability to deliver that service. The Benefits Manager’s primary responsibility is to oversee the administrative operations of the Benefits Department. Additionally, they will work with the Firmwide Director of Benefits and HR Operations to implement new plans and programs, manage vendors, and resolve high-level participant issues. They will also develop and supervise Benefits Department staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Ensure that effective process controls are developed, documented, understood and followed by Benefits Department members
  • Analyze data from multiple sources to ensure accuracy in enrollments, benefit calculations, and invoicing
  • Assist in preparation of the Benefits Department budget, monitor budget to actuals, and provide explanation for variances to management
  • Evaluate and implement benefit offerings that are meaningful and cost effective
  • Conduct benefit orientations for senior-level new hires
  • Create complex reports, statistical summaries, and presentations to support departmental objectives and inform management decisions
  • Collaborate across functions to ensure accurate tracking and reporting of all benefits eligibility, enrollment, and cost
  • Support annual benefit renewal processes and annual US open enrollment
  • Manage multiple benefits vendor relationships
  • Coordinate with benefits broker to evaluate vendors, manage RFP processes, and complete renewal processes
  • Collaborate with leave of absence and Wellbeing team leads, as applicable



  • Strong knowledge of benefits plans and programs including medical/dental/vision, life insurance, long-term disability, 401(k), defined benefit, and others
  • Working knowledge of benefits-related laws and regulations (HIPAA, COBRA, ERISA, etc.)
  • Excellent problem-solving, decision-making, and customer service skills
  • Superior analytical ability, including advanced Excel skills, and the ability to present data in a logical, concise manner to support leadership decision-making
  • Demonstrated ability to identify the root cause(s) of problems/inefficiencies in business processes and implement effective solutions
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels within the organization
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
  • Experience supervising, mentoring, and guiding others
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality at all times

Qualifications & Requirements


Education, Work Experience, Skills

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in benefits or an HR generalist role.  Experience in a law firm or professional services environment preferred.  In addition, the successful candidate will be self-motivated, organized, and able to multi-task and effectively prioritize competing demands on his or her time and attention. 



Proficiency with MS Office, particularly Excel, is also required. 

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

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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