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Compensation Analyst

Job ID: 6204

Updated: Dec 15, 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 Firmwide Human Resources (HR) Analyst teams with the Chief Human Resources Officer, Firmwide Associate Director of Human Resources, Senior Directors of Administration and local Human Resources to address the global HR needs, projects and objectives of the Firm’s over 2,000 non-attorney staff.   The primary purpose of this position is to provide professional guidance, coordination, analysis, reporting and support in the effective and consistent application of staff compensation administration, workforce planning and performance review practices on a global basis.

Essential Functions

  • Analyze competitive trends in compensation and identify the Firm’s position against market;
  • Participate in compensation surveys for all offices, review benchmarks annually to ensure market competitiveness and prepare and analyze survey data;
  • Construct salary ranges and work with local recruiters and HR departments to hire and retain staff;
  • Recommend annual salary alignments based on competitive market analysis;
  • Act in a consultative role to senior leadership, HR leads and others on simple to moderately complex issues regarding compensation programs, policies, procedures and processes;
  • Partner with Associate Director to construct, maintain and communicate best practices and standards for staff compensation;
  • Assist with the administration of the annual staff performance review process;
  • Track and report on workforce analytics, including open positions, budgeted positions and projected headcount needs;
  • Partner with Associate Director and other HR leaders to develop data analytics dashboards and reports for senior leadership and HR leads;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or related experience, preferably with focus in human resources, finance/accounting, statistics or business administration and 5+ years compensation/human resources experience;
  • Strong research, analytical, statistical and critical thinking skills;
  • Solid knowledge of standard compensation principles and processes;
  • A proven track record of maintaining confidentiality, meeting strict deadlines and maintaining a professional demeanor;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative; and
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well with as all levels of management.


  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Experience with PeopleSoft or other HRIS system.  Experience running, modifying and creating queries preferred.
  • Experience with iManage or other document management tool
  • Intermediate knowledge of Sharepoint
  • Experience with HRSoft of other compensation tool preferred
  • Experience with Vi or other performance management tool preferred
  • Experience with Tableau or other business intelligence software preferred

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • PHR (Professional in Human Resources) or CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) certification or related education preferred.

Work Environment

  • 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.

Closing Statement

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