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Contract Specialist

Job ID: 6065

Updated: Oct 11, 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 Contract Specialist will support the consistent management of the Firm’s proposals and contracts during the contract management life cycle of the Firm’s vendor agreements. This includes assisting our business teams with the contract review intake process, the review and negotiations of vendor agreements including master agreements and other complex contract instruments, through the contract execution and closing process. This role requires close collaboration with Firm management, Procurement Counsel, General Counsel, business owners and Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing professionals to support the Firm’s procurement activities in accordance with the Firm’s policies and risk management objectives.



  • Draft, review and negotiate contracts with the Firm’s vendors, ensuring that all documentation is complete and processed appropriately.
  • Engage and coordinate internal resources (e.g. Procurement Counsel, OGC, stakeholders, subject matter experts) as needed.
  • Support the Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing organization in reviewing Master or Professional Services Agreements, Statements of Work, and other Terms & Conditions.
  • Advise business teams and Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing team members regarding key commercial and legal considerations.  Assist with interpretation of existing contract language, as necessary.
  • Identify and implement improvements to the contract lifecycle management process.
  • Provide guidance, and escalate where appropriate, when business or legal issues occur during the course of existing contract relationships.
  • Keep current on best practices as it relates to contract structure, legal terms, and/or laws which may affect the Firm’s relationship with its vendors.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Paralegal certification or four or more years of comparable contract review/vendor compliance experience within a corporate legal department or law firm is required.
  • Previous experience with review of contracts related to technology acquisition and services, telecommunications, professional services, consulting, facilities, subscription services, travel, meeting, and event planning is desired.  
  • The ability to systematically analyze complex problems, draw relevant conclusions, and implement appropriate solutions is critical.
  • Strong interpersonal, project management, and organizational skills are required.
  • Individuals in this role are expected to exhibit strong customer service and judgment in communications with attorneys, staff, and vendors of the Firm, including safeguarding the confidentiality of client and Firm information.
  • Attention to detail and the eagerness to learn and progress within a dynamic and growing environment are imperative.



  • A working knowledge of MS Office suite with advanced analytical and Excel skills are 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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