1+ months

Technology Architect / Lead Developer

Santa Monica, CA 90401
Orrick currently has an excellent opportunity for a Technology Architect / Lead Developer. This position can be potentially located anywhere in the U.S., but preferably near an Orrick office location.

The Orrick Labs Technology Architect is an exciting, impactful, and high-profile position within Orrick, leading Orrick Labs our in-house team of technologists with the mission of powering technology innovations at Orrick. The Technology Architect will work with our executives, including the Chief Innovation Officer, and our lawyers to identify, innovate, build, and manage cutting-edge legal services solutions. The Technology Architect will be expected to be a thought leader in legal technology innovation, as well as in the application of emerging and cutting-edge technologies such as machine learning, data analytics, and cloud technologies. They will be required to work independently, interact effectively with partners and executive management, and successfully manage their team and projects.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Work with Product Owners/Business Analysts/ Attorneys to understand business, functional, and non-functional requirements and interact with other cross-functional teams to architect, design, develop, test, and release features.
  • Provide architectural assessments, strategies, and roadmaps for identified client service innovations.
  • Present ideas and recommendations to key Firm, Innovation, Technology, and Practice leaders, support these recommendations, and build consensus.
  • Lead all aspects of resulting projects, including technology identification, acquisition and deployment, UI design, build and test, security, and access provisioning.
  • Effectively communicate with technical and non-technical staff; excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Develop, communicate, and measure the business impact using metrics related to potential client service innovations, providing a basis for prioritizing and approving projects.
  • Work in close collaboration with the corporate IT team in areas such as security protocols, application integrations, training, and product support.
  • Where appropriate, drive common vision, practices, and architectures across Orrick Labs initiatives.
  • Stay abreast of the legal technology landscape, as well as emerging technologies overall, and bring relevant technologies to bear on Orrick Labs projects.
  • Build the Orrick Labs team, including needed team members to drive the application, data, infrastructure and security architecture.
  • Identify, qualify and engage external talent providers who can be tapped for additional and flexible capacity and skills as required. Maintain and adjust these relationships on an on-going basis.
  • Mentor and provide direction to the other Orrick Labs team members, assess their performance, and provide appropriate feedback.

Job Requirements:
  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science or a related area from accredited college or university.
  • At least 7 years of experience architecting and developing web applications.
  • At least 5 years of experience leading an application development team.
  • Significant experience building applications for legal or professional services companies preferred.
  • Extensive C# and .Net development experience required.
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft SQL Server and general database programming.
  • Knowledge of and experience building upon cloud-based services, such as AWS, MS Azure, or Google Cloud.
  • Working knowledge of emerging technologies such as machine learning and distributed ledger technology strongly preferred.
  • Solid understanding of security and proven examples of projects where security and data privacy were fundamental concerns.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing software using agile methodologies.
  • Evidence of leading multiple projects through the overall software development cycle, including justification, architecture development, design, build and test, training, and support.
  • Ability to develop and cultivate strong professional working relationships with diverse colleague groups.
  • Ability to engender motivation and confidence in the Orrick Labs team and all members of the firm.
  • Broad experience across numerous technology stacks and processes.
  • Solid understanding of UI and Mobile development; experience working with product teams/owners to translate business requirements to technical requirements.
  • Due to the nature of the position, some travel (~10%) to practice offices and to the Global Operations Center in Wheeling, WV will be required.

Who is Orrick?Orrick is a global law firm focused on serving the technology & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors. Founded more than 150 years ago in San Francisco, Orrick today has offices in 25+ markets worldwide. Financial Times has selected Orrick as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America from 2016-2018 and named us runner-up in 2019. The American Lawyer gave the firm its first Legal Innovation Award and in 2019 recognized us for Best Use of Technology. For the fifth year in a row, Fortune named Orrick to its 2020 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn more about our awesome employee experience here: Fortune 100 Great Place To Work certified company.

Orrick offers a collaborative work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits, including lots of extra perks like free biometric screenings, paid time to participate in community service activities and the day off for your birthday.

Please visit www.orrick.com for more information about the firm.

How to Apply: If you are searching for a chance to create an impact, you have a little grit and you love working with a team, we want to talk with you. To submit your resume and cover letter for this position, please visit our Staff and Paralegal Opportunities Listings at www.orrick.com/en/Careers.

No phone calls please.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Consistent with the SF Fair Chance Ordinance, an arrest and conviction record will not automatically disqualify a qualified applicant from consideration.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.



Posted: 2019-11-14 Expires: 2020-08-02

We focus on serving the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors globally. Clients worldwide call on our teams for forward-looking commercial advice on transactions, litigation and compliance matters. We bring distinctive quality, teamwork and value to the table – and innovate in everything we do.

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