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Assistant Director Security Assessment

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

What's the role?

1. 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 efficiency and quality by leading adherence to strategies, goals, budgets, operating policies and procedures as an NM frontline manager.

2. Accountable for translating the departmental strategy to information risk management operational objectives including both systems and processes. Drives for results through others to include:

  • Integrating and crafting measurement systems, targets and specific initiatives in support of the various strategies
  • Developing teams and individuals to ensure business outcomes are achieved
  • Identifying and encouraging relationships with key partners representing a broad range of functions and levels to ensure alignment with departmental and enterprise business strategies

3. Accountable for an effective and efficient business unit crafted and maintained to support the business 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 work flow and processes
  • Information and knowledge flows throughout the business unit and out to the organization through both formal and informal exchanges
  • Accountable for providing mentorship and issue avenues for the business unit based on understanding the business values, goals, work processes and work flows
  • Responsible for counsel to the enterprise on interpreting and integrating information protection policies and standards to support departmental and corporate strategies
  • Accountable for evaluation, review and approval of information protection policies and standards in order to establish a foundation for appropriately managing systems and data risks.


  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’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, FAIR).
  • 6-8 years of professional experience required
  • Minimum of Six total years relevant experience to include a minimum of two or more years of experience in information systems or systems audit plus a minimum of three years 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; Ability to foster collaboration among team members and across teams
  • 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
  • Shown 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

Our Benefits!

  • Highly competitive compensation, including annual bonus opportunities
  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans, 401(k), pension program
  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off
  • Extensive Professional Training Opportunities
  • Excellent Work/Life Balance
  • Hackathons/Dedication to Innovation


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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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.