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Network Engineer Senior I

Job ID: 7236

Updated: Aug 4, 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 Network Operations Engineer role provides 24x7 support and operational availability of Kirkland’s firm wide network infrastructure.  Responsibilities include the implementation of new network technologies as well as day-to-day operations and change management of all deployed network technologies.  In addition, the senior engineer is responsible for developing standardized methods for infrastructure implementations as well as configuration standardization reporting and remediation. 

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


  • Listening, understanding, and articulating technical and non-technical information (both written and oral formats) to customers, peers and/or management in a one-on-one or team context with little oversight. 
  • Effective production support activities, including technical writing and the creation of documentation, training, and other communications with minimal supervision.
  • Documenting small to large scale projects with minimal supervision.

Decision Making

  • Routinely making effective and timely decisions in alignment with departmental direction based on sound business knowledge.
  • Ability to investigate and weigh information gathered from other projects and/or similar organizations.
  • Seeks management assistance when needed to communicate across organizational boundaries. 
  • Understands when to escalate issues. 
  • Makes problem troubleshooting decisions that involve a comparison and trade-off between cost containment and/or timeliness of service.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Does "whatever it takes" to support the tactical and strategic goals of the team and in the Firm.
  • Recognized as a positive and motivational force on the team. 
  • Identifies conflicts within their team and works with the supervisory team to resolve. 
  • Negotiates skillfully in difficult situations with both internal and external groups.

Strategic/Change Leadership

  • Strong environmental and technology background to be able to understand change requests and disseminate information to groups potentially impacted. 
  • Recommends process improvements and changes while mitigating the impact of change for self and team. 
  • Consulted by peers and seen as an informal leader in the group on tactical problem solutions.

Program/Project Management

  • Performs all technical program tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Provides status updates. 
  • Leads small to large size projects with little oversight. 
  • Strong process coordination skills.
  • Drives compliance with structured Project Delivery Process seeking to meet all expected phase outputs to ensure project success.
  • Measures customer satisfaction. 
  • Ensures quality standards are met. 
  • Determines next steps to be done in a project.

Technical Ability

  • Complete task level expertise.
  • Understands multiple projects to integrate them into business solutions.



  • Provides input to identifying new areas of opportunities, techniques and approaches.
  • Able to understand technology strategies and road maps.
  • Provides input to financial models and project budgets.


  • Coordinates installations with other IT resources.
  • Able to perform routine and standard installations.
  • Capable of developing documentation and work plans.
  • Able to execute routine test plans.


  • Provides routine Level 3 support. Investigates operational or systematic problems and provides resolution using routine analytical skills and tools as necessary.
  • Demonstrates routine technical skills.
  • Coordinates peer engineers.
  • Mentor and cross-train members of the team on technical processes and procedures.
  • Able to execute routine production maturity plans.
  • Able to execute routine capacity and performance plans.


Core Technologies

  • Expertise with LAN and WAN networking standard protocols.
  • Expertise in the maintenance techniques required for IP networks and Cisco hardware and software.
  • Expertise utilizing and configuring network monitoring and configuration tools such as Solarwinds NPM/NCM, Cisco Prime Infrastructure, and Riverbed SCC.
  • Expertise utilizing and configuring network security tools such as Cisco Security Manager,  Cisco Firepower Manager, Cisco ISE Administration, and Cisco Stealthwatch.
  • Knowledge of and experience with network standards/best practices in the implementation of new location buildouts.
  • Expertise with controller based wireless network standards and best practices, and the ability to monitor and troubleshoot these networks.
  • Expertise with 802.1x, RADIUS, TACACS, and other authentication protocols.
  • Expertise with distributed firewall technologies such as Illumio Core.
  • Basic scripting techniques and the ability to automate processes to implement and manage the network environment effectively.
  • Experience with support and implementation of SSL and IPsec VPN remote access.
  • Expertise with structured wiring, both copper and fiber optic.
  • Experience with WAN optimization technologies.
  • Understand network security best practices.
  • Ability to work effectively with external vendors and telecommunication carriers.
  • Experience with network protocol analysis using tools such as wireshark.
  • Experience with syslog, netflow, and other tools to monitor network performance.
  • Experience with network segmentation tools such as Illumio Core.

Current K&E Technologies

  • Cisco routing, switching, and wireless.
  • Cisco IOS, NxOS, RiOS, GETVPN
  • NetApp storage integration
  • Solarwinds/NPM/NCM alerting, monitoring, reporting, and compliance.
  • Cisco DNA Center
  • NetScout NGenius
  • Riverbed WAN acceleration
  • Cisco Firepower NGFW via Cisco Firepower Management Console.
  • Illumio Core
  • Cisco AnyConnect VPN, Site to Site VPN
  • Cisco wireless LAN controllers/Access points
  • Raritan console switches
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine/802.1x/NAC/TrustSec
  • Cisco Stealthwatch netflow


Any other functions/duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

  • Minimum five years of experience in a similar role is required. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science preferred. 
  • Network and security certifications such as Cisco CCNA, CCNP, CCIE, and others are a plus.

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