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Cloud Architect II

Job ID: 6546

Updated: May 4, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Information Technology

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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 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 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 Cloud Architect is responsible for designing the various cloud platforms in conjunction with on-prem services supporting the multiple application stacks that run the business.  Provides subject-matter-expertise for current and future planning, technical architectures, models and standards. Working closely with the other members of the architecture team to ensure a cohesive enterprise technology strategy and direction. The position reports to the Director of Enterprise Architecture.

Essential Functions:

  • The Cloud Architect establishes and leads the technology strategy and technology roadmaps that enable the business.  They maintain enterprise level architecture through the stages of planning, design and execution of all new platform buildouts that support our application strategies.
  • Lead, develop, and socialize the design, development, and deployment of solutions for cloud migration, application migration, and cloud data security.
  • Ensure cloud solutions/deployments are in line with the enterprise architecture strategies and standards across business, data, application, infrastructure, network, and security spaces.
  • Review existing architectures to identify technical deficiencies, design gaps, new opportunities, and create actionable recommendation for cloud migration and enhancements.
  • Listening, drawing out key concepts and articulating advanced technical and non-technical concepts with ease (both written and oral formats) to customers, peers and management at several levels and across the organization with minimal oversight.
  • Proceeds from concept, to design, to leading the implementation of complex, medium to large scale projects.
  • Ability to balance the long term big picture and short term implications of decisions.
  • Ability to solicit input from internal and external sources, including the ability to investigate and incorporate best practices from other corporations, experience and sound judgment.
  • Shares best practices, lessons learned and constantly updates the technical system architecture requirements based on changing technologies, and knowledge related to recent, current and upcoming vendor products and solutions
  • Collaborates with other members of the Kirkland management staff and contributes to manager meetings, quarterly summits, etc...
  • Does "whatever it takes" to support the tactical and strategic goals of the team and in the Firm.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • BS in Engineering, Information Technology, or equivalent work experience.
  • 10+ years general technology experience, Law firm experience a plus
  • 3+ years high level cloud infrastructure design
  • Extensive In-Depth knowledge in public, private, and multi-cloud / hybrid environments (Azure, AWS, GCP) and migrating on-premise application and services to those platforms.
  • Experience with containerization solutions and orchestration platforms, both on-premise and cloud based.  Docker, Rancher, Kubernetes, Azure Kubernetes Service.
  • Strong knowledge of templating and automation scripting such as Power-shell, Chef, Ansible, and Puppet
  • Strong working knowledge of LAN/WAN/SDWAN concepts as they relate to hybrid environments
  • Experience with building and maintaining high-availability (>99%) environments
  • Strong understanding of Active Directory and Group Policy
  • Strong knowledge of Windows and Linux server technologies
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills in preparing reports, presentations and documentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and troubleshoot problems with speed and efficiency is required.
  • Ability to travel (domestically and internationally) as necessary

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • Technical certifications (e.g., Microsoft MCSA/MCSE; Azure Solutions Architect.) a plus.

Work Environment

  •  “This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.”

How to Apply

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