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Physical Security Specialist

Job ID: 4815

Updated: Nov 1, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Administrative Management

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

At the direction of the Physical Security Manager, the Physical Security Specialist will support and further develop initiatives across all office locations involving physical security, access control, risk identification, and programs related to business continuity management and emergency response. This position will work closely with local personnel involving day-to-day operations related to physical security, which includes managing the FW access control platform and associated hardware.The standard hours for the position will be Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., however this role requires coordinating with offices in North America, Europe and Asia, and some flexible working hours are required.

  • Enhance and maintain written security policies, procedures and programs to include Access Control, Alarm Response, Life Safety, Business Continuity Management, and Emergency Response Plans. 
  • Provide support to ensure consistent standards relative to the preparation and training of emergency evacuation and crisis teams.  Work with local office contacts to address areas of improvement.  Identify future training initiatives that would further benefit the safety & security of personnel at the Firm.
  • Ensure that security programs and strategies are effectively implemented and maintained by property management.  Assess the building's existing security protocols and training programs while making recommendations for any improvements.
  • Work with local office contacts to manage the FW access control platform by performing audits of badge records, clearances to sensitive areas, programming of hardware and alarm events, etc.  Coordinate and verify the necessary access levels for K&E personnel with base building systems at each location.
  • Oversee access control vendors for projects involving new system installations, upgrades, and modifications of existing and future office locations.  Coordinate the programming and acceptance testing of hardware to include access control, intrusion, and CCTV systems.
  • Conduct ongoing functionality testing of technical security systems to ensure proper coverage and operation.  Identify system malfunctions, trouble shoot and work closely with vendors to resolve these and any break/fix issues.
  • Provide support to local personnel involving response to emergency situations such as fire and evacuation, medical situation, workplace violence, etc.
  • Help manage other security programs to include Emergency Communications, Global Intelligence and Travel Risk Management, Workplace Violence Prevention, etc.  Assist in the implementation of new projects.
  • Document safety and security related incidents and assist with investigations that impact Kirkland & Ellis in an effort to resolve and prevent recurrence.
  • Coordinate security services for special functions to include access and protection of dignitaries and guests.  Other special circumstances may involve employee escorts, etc.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The selected candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration, Security, or Business Administration or the minimum of 7 years of equivalent experience in a corporate environment.


Candidate must also possess the following skills:

  • Has a proven track record of outstanding work ethic and positive career growth.
  • Understanding of fire and life safety rules/regulations that govern high rise office buildings.
  • Strong knowledge of technical security systems and how they can be integrated into operations.
  • Ability to evaluate methods to improve security and loss prevention systems on a continuous basis through the use of auditing, review and assessment.
  • Practical interview and interrogation experience (a certificate is preferred).
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor at all times under every circumstance and a quality service attitude.
  • Utilizes exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Handles multiple tasks and manage a fast-paced environment when needed.
  • Is able to interact with staff, vendors, attorneys, and clients on all levels in a positive manner.
  • Must be able to make quick and accurate decisions under stressful situations.
  • Is flexible regarding scheduled hours/days of work.


  • Practical experience operating security systems preferably with Software House access control systems and ExacqVision CCTV software.
  • Possesses basic user MS Office Suite skills with the ability to prepare word documents, spreadsheets and basic presentations.

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • ASIS International certification preferred - CPP, PSP, etc.

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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