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Assistant Director Financial Planning & Analysis - FinOps

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

At Northwestern Mutual, we believe relationships are built on trust.  That our lives and our work matter. These beliefs launched our company over 160 years ago. Today, they're just a few of the reasons why people choose to build careers at Northwestern Mutual.

We're strong and growing.  In a company with such a long and storied history, this may be the most exciting and important time to be a part of Northwestern Mutual. We're strong, innovative and growing.

We invest in our people.  We provide opportunities for employees to grow themselves, their career and in turn, our business.

We care.  We make a positive difference in our communities. Nationally, thousands have benefitted from our support of research and programs to fight childhood cancer. Each year, our Foundation, employees and financial representatives donate time, talent and financial support to causes they're passionate about.

What you will do:

Responsible for independently and objectively analyzing, forecasting and reporting financial results for Northwestern Mutual and subsidiaries. Has interactions with department heads and finance leaders and requires strong business partnerships as analyses, insights and recommendations are presented. This role will be the lead in developing an organization wide expense showback model for Technology costs.

How you will do it:

  • Serves as a key financial resource on strategic initiatives for the FP&A team including participation in business case development.
  • Responsible for managing the preparation of annual budgets, forecasts and reporting of results including variance analysis. Includes developing planning assumptions and understanding and communicating key business drivers of actual results.
  • Participates in the setting, monitoring, and reporting targets/outcomes related to key performance indicators, which may include revenue, expense, or other metrics aligned with the company’s financial and strategic goals.
  • Prepares financial modeling and scenario planning, and performs analysis to identify trends, guide resource allocation and understand business drivers to ultimately drive policyowner value and financial strength.
  • Collaborate with FinOps team to perform comprehensive analysis of cloud usage and spend to proactively identify optimization opportunities, trends, and anomalies. Develop consulting plans with application teams to validate opportunities and take action.
  • Proactively identifies Cloud Discount Management strategies to minimize cloud unit costs. balancing Cash and Expense impacts.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related degree required.
  • CPA or MBA designation is preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 or more years of demonstrated financial leadership in accounting, finance or financial reporting and analysis.
  • Strong analytical, planning, organization, budgeting, problem solving, negotiation, oral and written communication skills are essential to this role.
  • Ability to develop and interpret financial models for complex analysis.
  • Attention to detail, with the ability to operate in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Proven ability to develop strong working relationships with all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles and lead through change.
  • Experience in financial support of Technology organizations preferred.


Great pay package, 401K, Company sponsored retirement plan, educational assistance, Performance based incentive pay, Medical, dental and vision insurance, Parental leave, Caregiver time off….and more.


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Northwestern 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 additiona l 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.