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Senior Cloud Engineer

Job ID: 7146

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Information Technology


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,500+ lawyers) operating from 19 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

The Senior Cloud Engineer role has minimum experience level of 5-7 years working primarily with SharePoint Online, SharePoint On-Premise and PowerPlatform (PowerApps, PowerAutomate, Power BI).  This role is responsible for identifying, defining, and driving new SharePoint & Power Platform implementations and process improvements. He/she/they will work with business analysts and stakeholders to document and evaluate business requirements, document training materials, and maintain and update information architecture framework. He/she/they will develop relationships with business and technology users to learn the business processes the applications support. This individual must be able to take high level direction, formulate a plan to achieve the goals and execute the plan.

SharePoint solution enhancements are typically focused on the day-to-day business processes supporting legal and administrative staff. Job duties may include, but are not limited to research, evaluation, and recommendations of enabling technologies. Job responsibilities also include providing production support activities during non-business hours.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Develop and/or lead change management efforts across all phases of projects and initiatives to drive the Firm’s culture of continuous improvement.
  • Analyze, design, configure, develop, and implement intermediate-level solutions to meet business needs and objectives.
  • Uses out-of-the-box permissions features to manage access to sites and applications.
  • Work, as directed, with our SharePoint Platform team, Knowledge Services team, and possibly other IT teams to engage on a prioritized list of work intake tickets and provide estimates and talk through the options for solving a particular need.
  • Provide intermediate Level 3 support. Investigates operational or systematic problems and provides resolution using intermediate analytical skills and tools as necessary.
  • Manage the platform for SharePoint Online, Power Platform, Develop and review codes for applications in Power Platform using Dataverse/CDS, Automate, Excel, Forms and SharePoint Online.
  • Manage the M365 Security and Governance applications/tools for SPO and PowerPlatform Platform and Data Security.
  • Manage the Power Platform DLP Policies. Operationalized the M365, SPO & PowerPlatform Services.
  • Maintain up-to-date awareness of current and future directions of business industry and associated technologies.
  • Provide knowledge transfer documentation on how solutions are built, and the steps and procedures to maintain them.
  • Proven experience in implementing governance and compliance frameworks for Microsoft 365 cloud services.
  • Proficiency in scripting and automation using PowerShell or other relevant scripting languages.
  • Strong understanding of hybrid cloud architectures and integration of Microsoft 365 with on-premises infrastructure.
  • experience in designing and deploying Microsoft 365 cloud solutions
  • Provide guidance and mentoring to junior cloud engineers in the deployment and administration of Microsoft 365 services.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate Microsoft 365 cloud services with on-premises infrastructure and other cloud platforms Builds out solutions using proper SDLC procedures, starting within a User Acceptance environment, proving out the solution, and finally promoting to Production.
  • Migrating content from one site to another or one environment to another using 3rd party tools (ShareGate)

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in Azure cloud engineering or related field.
  • Proven change management skills


  • Effectively listens to understand and articulates technical and non-technical information (both written and oral formats) to stakeholders, peers and/or management in a one-on-one or team context with some oversight.
  • Provides production support activities, including advanced technical writing.
  • Communicates/escalates issues and risks that interfere with scope and timeline.

Decision Making

  • Ability to solicit input from internal and external sources, including the ability to investigate and weigh best practices from other firms, analyzes input and use sound judgment. 
  • Provides manager with supporting information and recommendation for key decisions; demonstrates keen judgment in knowing when to escalate for approval. Follows all change management, and all required procedures, per documented Firm and IT policies and procedures.
  • Involved in anticipating problem troubleshooting scenarios and analyzing ways in which to avoid the problem completely or greatly mitigate its risk.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Does "whatever it takes" to support the tactical and strategic goals of the team and in the Firm.
  • Recognized as a positive, full engaged, highly responsive, and effective team member.
  • Recognizes and defuses complex interpersonal issues effectively while managing customer expectations. Sets follow up steps in accordance with best practices.

Strategic/Change Leadership

  • Manages organizational design/development by dissecting complex situations and refocusing on the most critical technology tasks.
  • Contributes through technical expertise/professional experience in solving problems and/or delivering on opportunities facing the team or group.
  • Provides feedback to management on strategic recommendations. Fosters environment of innovation and change.
  • Aligns changes with the organization's strategic direction and objectives and customer expectations.
  • Recognizes the scope of problems and understands the impact of changes on others.
  • Identifies short and long-range organizational needs.
  • Creates a clear focus on internal and external customer needs.
  • Promotes cooperation.

Program/Project Management

  • Demonstrates proficiency in the application and software development (SDLC) methodology.
  • Reports on progress and project milestones.
  • Focuses on outcomes and achieves results.


  • Experience in a law firm or global professional services environment preferred.
  • Knowledge of MS Teams.
  • Knowledge of SQL Server and T-SQL a plus.


Core Technologies

  • Strong knowledge of and experience with:
    • SharePoint 2019 On-Premise
    • SharePoint Online
    • Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI
    • M365 DLP, Security Audit Tools
  • Experience with Migration Tools (ShareGate as an example)
  • Understanding of how to use Atlassian Jira
  • Understanding of how to use Azure Dev Ops
  • Ability to participate in all aspects of application SDLC including Agile methodologies
  • Must participate in daily team scrums

Current K&E Technologies

  • Microsoft Office
  • Azure DevOps
  • Atlassian Jira
  • Visual Studio Code
  • SharePoint Designer

Nice to Have

  • Javascript, JQuery
  • Knowledge of Intapp Wall Builder and Ethical Walls
  • SharePoint Framework App background
  • Other M365 Apps including Microsoft Teams
  • MS SQL and T-SQL

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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