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Business Intelligence Manager - Market Research

Job ID: 6165

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Business Development


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

Business Intelligence (BI) is one of the fastest-growing areas in the firm, and deals with the lifeblood of strategic decision making: data. Pairing information with insight, the team equips partners with vital knowledge and drives new business initiatives forward.

The BI Manager in Chicago will have oversight of BI initiatives and team members dedicated to the office. In this role, you will help direct the pipeline of research requests—for local and other key geographies—and compile various types of briefings as needed. You will collaborate with BI leadership, senior attorneys, and other administrative staff to identify high-value projects and opportunities, such as targeting initiatives and competitive intelligence. You will also be instrumental in helping shape the growth and development of the full BI team.

The BI Manager will also be an active contributor to a broader team of more than 135 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to Kirkland’s overall business development, marketing and communications function. Our international Business Development Department provides seamless service to some of the brightest minds in the legal industry, with an emphasis on quality, innovation and responsiveness.

Essential Functions

  • Manage on-the-ground operations for the BI group in Chicago
  • Cultivate a deep understanding of Kirkland’s clientele and key practice groups and serve as a subject matter expert regarding peer firms and strategic direction
  • Partner with the Firmwide BI Associate Director for:
    • professional development for direct-reporting team members,
    • scoping-out and coordinating project pipeline(s), and
    • contributing to Firmwide team direction
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends and best practices for mining and normalizing data from a variety of sources to compile intelligence briefings (including company/firm profiles, relationship analysis, biographical dossiers, etc.); create such documents as needed and ensure BI team is meeting or exceeding data standards.
  • Lead high-level research and targeting projects across practices for the Chicago office and other key geographies
  • Monitor alerts and news flow to support proactive BI team initiatives, and aid in development of new initiatives and best practices
  • Conduct competitive intelligence and benchmarking research within an industry or among peer firms
  • Manage additional research and organizational functions as assigned by management
  • Assist with various marketing initiatives that intersect with other functional areas within the marketing context

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least 7 to 10 years’ experience in the workforce is required in either a law firm, finance-related or professional services environment
  • Excellent client service orientation and listening skills, with comfort interacting with senior partners, key BD colleagues and senior Firm personnel
  • Proven ability to organize and manage a diverse range of projects, prioritizing multiple tasks with competing deadlines (at times in high-pressure situations) and deploying work effectively across multiple team members or stakeholders
  • Meticulous methods of information acquisition, compilation, and communication (including the use of online information databases, tools and resources); attention to detail is imperative
  • Solid analytical skill, with the ability to absorb, refine, and concisely convey complex information; ability to display data in new and efficient visual representations is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills to cultivate meaningful team and stakeholder relationships
  • An executive presence, business savvy, diplomacy and discretion around sensitive business matters
  • Intellectual curiosity and a positive attitude/sense of humor is preferred


Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, particularly an expertise with Excel, PowerPoint and Word, is required. Experience with Adobe and SharePoint are preferred.

Work Environment

This job operates in a fast-paced, professional office environment. A poised demeanor and adaptability are important. Occasional overtime work may be needed.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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