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Assistant Director- Data Engineering

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

What's the role?

  • Accountable for a full range of manager responsibilities including communication, coaching, mentoring and staff development, performance management, salary administration and staffing decisions.

  • Participant in functional management to ensure optimum effectiveness and quality by managing adherence to strategies, goals, budgets, operating policies, and procedures as an NM frontline manager.

  • Achieves alignment of roles and responsibilities in decision making.

  • Accountable for translating the departmental strategy to cybersecurity and IT risk analytics operational objectives including both systems and processes.

  • Drives for results through others to include:

  • Integrating and designing measurement systems, targets, and specific initiatives in support of the various strategies.

  • Leading teams and individuals to ensure business outcomes are achieved.

  • Identifying and cultivating relationships with key partners representing a broad range of functions and levels to ensure alignment with departmental and enterprise business strategies.

  • Accountable for an efficient Data Engineering unit crafted and maintained to support department and enterprise outcomes.

  • Responsible for the integration of:

  • Organization/department design and structure

  • Workforce management (forecasting, obtaining, developing, and assigning the right resources)

  • Effective and efficient internal workflow and processes

  • Information and knowledge flows within the dept and out to the organization through both formal and informal exchanges

  • Accountable for providing guidance and escalation avenues for the Data Engineering unit based on understanding the business values, goals, work processes and workflows.

  • Responsible for counsel to the enterprise on interpreting and integrating cybersecurity and information risk management and corporate strategies.

  • Supports risk assessment and risk management strategies and processes to appropriately manage information and technology risks.

  • Analyzes cyber risk data needs and identifies available internal and external sources.

  • Assure data consistency and reliability.

Bring your best! What this role needs:

  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, MIS or related field; or related work experience beyond the minimum required.

  • One or more advanced risk or security certifications (e.g. CISSP, CRISC, CISA, CISM, CCSP).

  • Experience with cloud technologies such as AWS, Databricks, Microsoft Azure, or Google Analytics.

  • Solid knowledge of database structures, theories, principles, and practices

  • Good understanding of Data Integration Patterns and Tooling including MSBI, SQL Server, ELT/ETL, Replication, Event Streaming, Virtualization to support batch and real-time data needs

  • Minimum of nine years of meaningful professional experience including a minimum of two or more years of experience in information systems and a minimum of five years of experience in planning, organizing and managing the activities of others as direct reports and/or project teams.

  • Proven people management skills to include human relations and interpersonal skills necessary to manage a group of people.

  • Thorough knowledge of human resources operating policies.

  • Proven ability to build effective teams committed to organizational goals.

  • Demonstrated ability to step forward to address difficult issues.

  • Ability to influence others through a combination of active listening, asserting own ideas and persuading others.

  • Proven analytical abilities especially in decision-making and problem solving.

  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and the ability to handle ambiguity.

  • Proven ability to cultivate relationships and counsel key business partners within all levels of the organization.

  • Experience with managing teams in an Agile environment.

Beyond base salary, NM offers the following benefits; pension, 401k, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision, FREE lunch, annual bonus opportunity, and much more!

This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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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.


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