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Applications Engineer I

Job ID: 7818

Updated: May 16, 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

This position requires a blend of functional understanding with technical proficiency to deliver guidance and innovative solutions to meet the business needs of our organization. As a member of the applications team, the Application Engineer 1 provides a deep understanding of applications and how they are being used and integrated. This position analyzes, evaluates and implements business systems and technical processes to support the various departments, and will coordinate the installation, integration and support of business applications and data.


Provide Level 3 operational or systematic support and maintenance for the Firm’s Business specific applications; in some specific cases, Level 2 support may be required.  Investigates operational or systematic problems and provides resolution using routine analytical skills and tools as necessary.

Coordinate and implement new components and upgrades to departmental applications.  This includes coordination, integration and support of business applications and data.  The position will be instrumental in systems upgrades and conversions and actively manage the relationship with various non-IT business departments.

Adhere to the Firm’s Security and Governance requirements across all administered applications.

Collaborate with professionals at all levels of the organization.

Utilize SQL query tools to perform frequent data analysis across various systems, providing clear and accurate data to business users.

Adhere to the Firm’s IT Service Delivery standards and Change Control processes.

Develop and maintain troubleshooting and configuration documentation for administered systems.

Develop or enhance quality control reports and electronic monitoring to assure regulatory and data quality compliance.

Collaborate with business users in designing and implementing analytics to help them interpret their data in order to make better business decisions.

Write functional and technical specifications including application design changes and integrations for development.

Gather information, design, develop, test and implement high-quality, user-friendly solutions to meet the Firm’s goals and strategic objectives.

Provide 24x7 operational support. On-call support responsibilities are rotated among the members of the Applications team.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The Applications Engineer 1 must have a BA/BS in computer science, related field, OR equivalent experience with 3-5 years’ experience of application support/configuration.

The ideal candidate must have good judgment, problem-solving, oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and build positive working relationships. In addition, candidates must be self-motivated, organized, and able to multi-task and effectively prioritize competing demands.

Experience with SQL Query is preferred.

Experience with manipulating and analyzing data using advanced Excel functions and features preferred.

Experienced with front-end website configuration and workflow is preferred.

Experience setting up and troubleshooting applications’ SSO configurations preferred.

Experience supporting Business Development specific applications (e.g. Cvent, Sprout Social, Salesforce, Introhive,, Widen DAM, Content Pilot) is preferred.

Report writing experience with SQL Server Reporting Services is preferred.


Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services

Microsoft Internet Information Services

Querying Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

Windows Server and desktop operating environments

Microsoft Azure Resources

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