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SharePoint Engineer

Job ID: 4516

Updated: Dec 12, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Information Technology

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 individual in this role will play a critical part in building, supporting and maintaining our Firm Intranet SharePoint environment to help lawyers and staff access information on demands or per subscription/notification.  This person will utilize SharePoint Search knowledge to plan and implement a search architecture that continues to improve a lawyer’s ability to find what is needed as quickly and efficiently as possible. This person will help ensure that our SharePoint environment is properly updated with security patches without impacting usability; he/she will be instrumental in working through unintended impacts to provide the best user experience. Beyond leveraging our SharePoint technology for an optimized, secure user experience, this person will help architect, design and develop applications that extend the Microsoft SharePoint 2013/2016 platform through the use of a rapid development platform that replaces SharePoint InfoPath.  He or she will leverage best practices and be sure these practices are optimized, documented and consistently used throughout SharePoint projects and operational functions. He/she will play a key role in the application development lifecycle, including analysis, design, coding, unit testing, debugging, patching and documentation.  This person will contribute to the Firm’s governance plan through helping to further define and refine a set of policies, roles, responsibilities and processes. Apply best practices in information architecture, content and metadata management to avoid any inefficiency. Plan and leverage the latest SharePoint 2013/2016 social computing and collaboration features to maximize the capture and share of knowledge and expertise within Kirkland & Ellis.

Qualifications & Requirements


  • May analyze, design, configure, develop and implement intermediate-level solutions to meet business needs and objectives.
  • May work with business owners, DBA(s) and vendors to create integrations both to/from vendors.
  • Provides intermediate Level 3 support.  Investigates operational or systematic problems and provides resolution using intermediate analytical skills and tools as necessary.
  • Prepares project proposals and develops project plans. May lead small projects.
  • Maintains up-to-date awareness of current and future directions of business industry and associated technologies.
  • Investigates and documents present procedures as liaison with user departments.
  • May develop and maintain application security, design and documentation according to legal compliance requirements.

Core Technologies

  • Must understand Microsoft Windows Operating system architecture
  • Must have experience the Microsoft Visual Studio and VSTS
  • Must have experience working with SharePoint (on premise) server architecture, experience working with SharePoint farm  
  • Must understand SharePoint search architecture, have experience with search administration (managing index, crawling, relevance and maintaining search topology)  
  • Must have experience of understanding and working on cumulative updates
  • Must understand Microsoft SQL Server
  • Understanding of SharePoint Online is a plus
  • Understanding of K2 rapid development tools or other workflow tool knowledge and experience a plus)
  • Ability to participate in all aspects of application SDLC including Agile methodologies
  • Must participate in daily team scrums and code reviews

Current K&E Technologies

  • SharePoint 2013/2016
  • SharePoint services (User Profile Service, Excel Service etc.,)
  • K2
  • InfoPath (legal applications to be migrated to K2)
  • Active Directory
  • SharePoint third party tools (Handshake, ShareGate, Harepoint/Metalogix etc.,)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Server
  • .NET, Web services
  • C#
  • PowerShell script
  • SQL Server
  • MVC Framework
  • Entity Framework

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.

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