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Assistant General Counsel - Digital & Enterprise Operations

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

The Northwestern Mutual Law Department is seeking an experienced attorney, advising the Company on a range of issues. The Company is working to transform how clients experience financial security. If you're a creative, independent, solution-oriented lawyer who loves collaborating to solve problems - especially in uncharted territory - read on!

What's the role?

The practice’s Digital and Enterprise Operations Team focuses on supporting the digital transformation of the Company. As a member of this team you will be working collaboratively with other Department members, and will:

  • Be a trusted advisor helping business professionals, ranging from engineers to executive officers, reach decisions that mitigate legal and regulatory risks in a constantly evolving environment;
  • Serve as a point of contact on legal, regulatory, and other risk issues in connection with vendor sourcing and management for software, cloud services, and other technologies, digital product development, process improvement, and other operations of the enterprise; and
  • Provide business areas with timely and high-quality advice on changes in law, regulation, and industry standards relating to technology, data, privacy, security/cybersecurity, intellectual property, consumer protection, and other regulatory concerns.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

Desired background:

  • Proven ability as an attorney practicing in-house, at a law firm, and/or in the governmental or NGO space, with experience in commercial transactions, digital commerce and supporting technologies, financial services, litigation, and/or regulatory enforcement;
  • Provide legal advice to business professionals at all levels throughout an enterprise;
  • Intuitive sense of data privacy and security issues and strong experience advising on overlapping state and federal laws and regulations concerning these issues;
  • A history of understanding regulatory priorities and approaches for addressing largely unregulated technologies and processes such as big data, analytic (predictive and prescriptive) models and algorithms, machine learning, and AI;
  • Proactively monitor and provide effective mentorship on the development, evolution, and execution of laws and regulations in an evolving commercial and regulatory environment;
  • Recognition for building, maintaining, and handling strong and positive relationships with clients and colleagues;
  • Outstanding analytical ability of drafting and negotiation skills regarding a mix of agreements, particularly those relating to software licensing, systems integration, cloud computing, or sophisticated services engagements; A writing sample may be requested.
  • Exemplary academic record and a Juris Doctorate degree; note that a license to practice law in the State of Wisconsin or a commitment to become licensed within one year of employment is required.

Desired attributes:

  • The scope of this role may change over time to respond to business needs. An ideal candidate will be flexible and adaptable in terms of general abilities & aspirations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a highly analytical and curious mind, creativity, integrity, and a positive sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute in a team environment and to handle a multi-jurisdictional practice and lead efforts involving other attorneys, advisors, and business people from across the enterprise.

Information about our department:

Of our department's 110 people, approximately 70 of are lawyers came to us from a variety of legal practices across the country. The balance of the Department consists of paralegals and administrative professionals who support aspects of our operations. We are comprised of a mixture of people who come from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds and is inclusive of people of color and those who are openly gay or lesbian. We take pride in our collaborative culture and value each other as people and as professionals.

This department provides the vast majority of legal services in nearly all subject areas directly to the Company, with minimal utilization of outside counsel. There are eight main practice teams within the Law Department: Digital and Enterprise Operations; Insurance Products and Operations; Investment Products and Advisory Services; Corporate; Litigation and Distribution; Enterprise Governance; Private Securities Investments; and Real Estate Investments. We are fully engaged in the execution of the Company’s business strategy. This allows us to provide the most timely and effective counsel in an efficient manner and leads to greater career satisfaction for our attorneys, paralegals, and professional administrative staff.

As a mutual company with no shareholders, Northwestern Mutual exists solely for the benefit of providing protection, financial strength, and product value to our millions of clients through the use of robust financial planning and financial solutions that include both risk and investment products. The Company has the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurance company by all four of the major financial ratings agencies.



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.