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Assistant Director Software Engineering

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

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides technical leadership to multiple teams

  • Establishes, aggregates, and shares team standards and best practices across department

  • Mentors, guides and coaches engineers within their division for job performance as well as technical and leadership growth

  • Recruits, hires and onboards talent, ensuring the right mix of talent within team

  • Manages team size/design and budget

  • Ensures production stability, monitoring, and root cause analysis for their products


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

  • 6-8 years of professional experience required

  • 3-5+ years of experience working with modern engineering tools, languages and practices - specifically experience utilizing Java/Spring to build and support enterprise services and APIs

  • 2-5+ years of experience leading engineering teams including:

  • Growing engineering skill sets in others

  • Developing future engineering leaders

  • Providing direct feedback and performance reviews

  • Proven track record of successfully designing and delivering significant and impactful technology solutions

  • Experience developing and leading solution delivery using agile methods

  • Solid understanding of the organization's primary domains and business functions

  • Capable of communicating between product, engineering, and the business

  • Ability to successfully communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences in varying forms and levels of detail

  • Leads the team to collaboration

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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 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.

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