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Assistant Director Software Engineering

Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual

Software Engineering
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Posted on Monday, August 7, 2023
At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

Northwestern Mutual (NM) has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for over 164 years. Through a distinctive, whole-picture planning approach including both insurance and investments, we empower people to be financially confident. We combine the expertise of our financial professionals with a personalized digital experience and innovative technology to best serve our clients.

We are looking for a Assistant Director to join our team who is an expert encouraging leader to focus on providing overall strategic and executive leadership. This Assistant Director of Engineering will be leading our teams within Planning Experience (PX).

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: Delivery
  • Ensures timely delivery of business value through technology as negotiated with product and business
  • Mitigates Risk
  • Helps with Modernization efforts
  • Communicates and nurtures an engaging relationship with business partners
  • Collaborates with technical partners (ex. Testing, support, design, product, security) to ensure timely and quality deliverables
  • Expectations/Guidelines
  • Leading through multiple engineering teams and their respective leads.
  • Growing engineering abilities in others.
  • Ensures continuous improvement of Engineering capabilities
Prior Experience
  • 5-7 year primary leadership role in delivering business outcomes and leading teams with direct reports
  • Proven ability to mentor and guide organization maturity
  • Demonstrated experience creating tech strategy
  • Strong communication skills at all levels – upwards and down
  • Strong understanding of architecture concepts, resilient application design, cloud technologies and automation; product focused.
Qualifications & Related Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • 6-8 Years' Experience in Highly Technical Roles Covering Multiple Areas Required
  • Deep Hands-On Knowledge of Application Development, Operation and Support Practices
  • Deep Hands-On Knowledge of either Web/Cloud/Web Service Based Technology, APIs Or DevOps Concepts; Appropriate Professional Designation Preferred; Prior Experience Leading/coaching/mentoring engineering teams
Special Skills Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
  • Excellent Decision-Making Capabilities
  • Excellent Organization, and Team Collaboration Skills
  • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Excellent Facilitation, Collaboration, Negotiation, and Presentation Skills; Comfort with Ambiguity, Frequent Change, Or Unpredictability
  • Strong Team Leadership Skills
  • Proven experience working with cross functional teams
  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off
  • Highly competitive compensation that include base salary plus bonus
  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans, 401(k), pension program
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N ort hwester n Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.

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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you work or would be working in California, Colorado, New York City, Washington or outside of a Corporate location, please click here for information pertaining to compensation and benefits.


We’re excited about the potential people bring to Northwestern Mutual. You can grow your career here while enjoying first-class perks, benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.