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PeopleSoft Time & Absence Analyst

Job ID: 5994

Updated: Nov 4, 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 primary role of the Time & Absence Analyst is to assist managers, timekeepers and employees on a firmwide basis by serving as the subject matter expert for the Firm’s time and attendance system, PeopleSoft.

In addition to providing front-end support to employees and managers, this position requires strong analytical emphasis, and will be responsible for reporting on Time and Absence using PeopleSoft.  This includes running reports and creating Excel graphs for management; candidate must be very proficient in the use of MS Excel (formatting, data manipulation).  The Analyst will be responsible for reviewing existing audit queries and data quality to ensure that data is consistent, available, accurate, and fit for reporting and analytics, as well as identifying reporting needs and creating logic for new reporting requests.  The Analyst will also act as the business lead and will work with the Firm’s technical teams to identify, log, and work system issues to resolution.  The position will be responsible for providing expert functional support and guidance in the utilization of global Time and Absence systems. Responsible for providing proactive project management oversight and leading Time and Absence initiatives. 

Additional on-going responsibilities include but are not limited to:  Front-end support, such as updating timesheets and absence entries on behalf of managers and employees, monitoring and fixing timesheet errors, maintaining setup fields on employee records, reviewing and adjusting absence balances, loading mass time entries in to timesheets, reviewing and fixing data load errors, batch-processing absence entries and updating entitlement balances, annual absence entitlement and carryover processing, working closely with the Payroll team on the processes to load overtime and absences each pay period, participating in periodic system upgrades and enhancement projects, and working closely with and training local office timekeepers. The Analyst is also responsible for creating and keeping up-to-date documentation specific to reporting using PeopleSoft. 


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

1.  Assist in Report Generation, Creation, and System testing for Firm (50-60% of daily activities)

  • Generate and distribute reports upon request for employees, managers, and other local office timekeepers.
  • Generate various system reports to ensure that all timecards are in balance and approved before sending time to payroll, and also ensure that hourly employees’ hours are submitted and approved each pay period;
  • Generate and analyze report information to identify trends, problem area(s) or additional training requirements and communicate information to appropriate parties.
  • Identify and create new queries and reports based on evolving Firm needs.
  • Work with technical teams to create functional specifications and conduct testing for complex system reporting.


2.   On-going PeopleSoft Administration (40-50% of daily activities)

  • Assist employees and managers with timecard, overtime, and absence-related questions;
  • Adjust employee timesheets and absences, as applicable;
  • Calculate vacation payouts;
  • Ensure all timecards are balanced before payroll processing deadlines, including communicating with employees that have timecards which are not balanced;
  • Run system absence calculations processing;
  • Provide backup assistance to local office timekeepers during peak periods;
  • Assist in overtime timesheet calculations; and
  • Maintain and update on-going employee schedule changes.


3.  Other duties as Assigned

Qualifications & Requirements


Education, Work Experience, Skills

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of maintaining confidentiality, multi-tasking, meeting strict deadlines, flexibility with problem solving and working well under pressure.  Technical experience should include the creation and manipulation of information in MS Excel and MS Word.  Flexibility to work overtime is a must.  HR experience with timekeeping is a plus.


  • MS Excel is required
  • MS Access is preferred
  • Timekeeping software, PeopleSoft is preferred


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



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