Location: Belfast

Workplace: Hybrid

The opportunity:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Applications Engineer to join a friendly and supportive team.

This role will support, manage, and enhance a portfolio of application products that support daily operations focusing on maximizing the value of the portfolio, and achieving the right balance and mix of products.

Working at Baker McKenzie:

Baker McKenzie is the world’s leading law firm with offices all over the world. Our Belfast Centre is home to over 400 teammates in both legal and professional services such as finance, IT, marketing and business support.

We offer one of the best workplace benefits packages in the business with comprehensive private health cover, income protection, life assurance and a full employee assistance plan. These and a host of other benefits make us one of the most desirable companies to work for in Belfast.

We are committed to promoting inclusion, diversity and equity for all and are confident we can provide a career as individual and as exceptional as you.

About the role:

As part of this role, the successful candidate will:


  • Provide technical and functional support to the business acting as an escalation point to resolve urgent and/or complex issues for all applications in the relevant portfolio
  • Take ownership of incidents or problems assigned and see these through to completion on a timely basis
  • Monitor the performance of enterprise applications, ensuring continuous improvement, responsiveness, accountability, and seamless effective service for the business through analysis of the incidents. Understanding patterns with the aim of improving the product, delivery methodology, and overall organization.
  • Assist the Product Manager with the analysis of applications/solutions and project-related tasks
  • Assist with the development of standardization and rationalization plans and ensuring the products meet the changing needs of the business through the lifecycle of the product
  • Assist with the proactive maintenance of systems by planning and adopting upgrades in a timely manner, and determining the impact on existing operations by consulting with other IT teams
  • In alignment with Firm priorities, participates in projects for enhancements and changes necessary to meet changing business requirements for their managed products
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of all relevant system, CI, CMDB and 1st/2nd line documentation. Assist in providing the relevant training to Service Desk and On-site Teams
  • Maintain and improve professional and technical knowledge and keep abreast of innovation and changes relevant to the portfolio.
  • Maintain existing relationships with technology vendors within the product portfolio
  • Contribute to team effort through communication, cooperation and coordination with other IT teams including:
  • the Packaging teams on application deployment
  • the Security team to certify the solutions/products meet our security requirements
  • the Technical Change Team for submissions of RFC's via the ITSM process
  • Understand how the business use the applications in the portfolio, monitoring licensing numbers and ensure they are being used efficiently
  • Oversee the implementation and on-going maintenance of effective system governance, compliance, and business continuity procedures for managed products in accordance with ISMS Policies

Experience Required

Essential Criteria:

To be successful in this role you will need:

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong experience in IT support
  • Reasonable awareness of and interest in ICT trends relevant to the relevant application portfolio
  • Exposure to troubleshooting client-server, web-based technologies, and applications
  • Knowledge of server technology: Microsoft Windows Server, MS SQL., IIS, Active Directory, Group Policy, SharePoint
  • Experience in application upgrades and support pack application
  • Knowledge of and experience in the specific portfolio is considered a strong plus
  • Will build and maintain trusted relationships and open two-way communication
  • Ability to work independently -AND- as a cohesive member of a team
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks concurrently
  • Ability to learn new skills in a short period of time
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • To understand the importance of teamwork both within the team and the wider IT team
  • Ability to translate functional issues and questions into application solutions
  • Communication skills - demonstrated ability to communicate professionally in business language, in both oral and written formats (English)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English