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Associate Director of Application & Data Integration

Job ID: 7763

Updated: Apr 10, 2024

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 alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; 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 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

Management of Enterprise Data Integration function, technical platforms, and team. This role will collaborate with senior IT and business stakeholders to oversee the delivery and operations of data and application integration solutions in support of business and technology projects. This role will direct IT management, employees and vendors supporting the data engineering team delivery.  To be successful in this role the Associate Director of Data Integration will ensure team processes/procedures/standards are in place to facilitate planning, delivery, and operations of integration platform technology.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Provides leadership and ongoing management of the IT Integration COE team.  Ensures staff, skills and other resource needs are in place to support full SDLC and operations of enterprise integration technology. Manages vendors for to enterprise integration services and products.
  • Accountable for the defining and ongoing ownership of enterprise integration protocols organized via COE process/procedure/SDLC for supporting integration needs; includes project intake, estimation, design/coding/deployment standards and maintaining technology stack.
  • Collaborates with senior IT and business leaders to ensure that ongoing enterprise integration capabilities are aligned with the organization's annual and strategic goals.
  • Collaborates with Enterprise Architecture on maintaining integration reference architecture, standards, and guidelines to ensure enterprise fit, security, compliance, etc.
  • Responsible for enterprise integration platform operations and ongoing definition and measurement of SLA’s, KPI’s and other operational objectives are met.
  • Provides leadership and guidance for data integration team to with other project teams for delivery of application integration project needs through defined processes and standards; provides ongoing adjustments of process and standards as need to meeting changing needs.
  • Guides team for continual work with Enterprise Architecture team to define/refine the data integration design/coding/deployment/operational standards and technology stack.
  • Regularly communicates integration technology target state, roadmap and development progress to senior leadership and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and/or lead change management efforts across all phases of projects and initiatives to drive the Firm’s culture of continuous improvement.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, data science, or related field.
  • 3+ years experience with MuleSoft platform required; certification preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience in enterprise IT function; preferred strong experience in application development, EAI, data integration, API management technologies.
  • 5+ years experience managing IT teams involved in the development and operation of application and data integration technology.
  • Strong knowledge of SDLC and project management approaches including use of tools such as Jira and MS Project to manage project phases including intake, estimating, requirements, etc.
  • Experience with Azure, Microsoft M365, ServiceNow highly preferred.
  • Experience with enterprise IT service management techniques, e.g., ITIL, change management, etc.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to create and present visuals to articulate concepts, plans, strategies.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with business and IT cross-functional teams.
  • Proven change management skills.


  • MBA degree
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Vendor management
  • Work experience at a large professional services organization

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • Preferred: Any Azure Cloud Service Provider certification

Tools and Equipment

  • Microsoft office automation tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint), Erwin, Visio

How to Apply

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