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Associate Kubernetes Engineer

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

Northwestern Mutual is looking for a talented engineer to join our growing Kubernetes Platform team. The Kubernetes Platform team develops, maintains, loves, and appreciates all things containers. 

We enable hundreds of developers to harness the power of Kubernetes and the cloud to deploy outstanding apps and infrastructure on their own 1000s of times a day. This is a fun, fast-paced experience that exposes you to cutting-edge cloud technologies and encourages personal learning and development. 

Day to Day responsibilities: 

  • Write code to make Kubernetes at NM secure, reliable, easy and fun! 

  • Design and implement solutions to accelerate the business and our developers. 

  • Support large multi-tenant Kubernetes clusters running 1000’s of applications supporting 100’s of dev teams. 

  • Educate the development community on how to use Kubernetes and container services at NM 

  • Partnering with vendors and enterprise teams on emerging best practices, patterns and technology 

  • Proactively learn emerging platforms and related technology. 

  • Solve complex technical issues and enable/teach peers to be self-sufficient. 

  • Establish and maintain best practices as it relates to compliance, security, privacy and legal requirements. 


  • Understanding of Python programming and scripting (or another language, with an interest in learning Python) 

  • Understanding of using Git to manage source code 

  • Familiarity with CI/CD and how to apply it with services such as Gitlab CI, Jenkins, CodePipeline, or Circle CI 

  • Familiarity with Infrastructure-as-Code, such as Terraform or CloudFormation 

  • Familiarity how public cloud services work and how different cloud services work together 

  • Familiarity with Docker and how containers work and can be used 

  • Familiarity with Kubernetes and other container orchestration systems 

  • Familiarity with basic networking concepts and how networking works in the cloud 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Problem solver who enjoys learning on the job and thinking outside of the box 

It's understandable if you do not meet every one of these criteria! Everyone has a different background and you will be working with a diverse team that can help mentor you. 

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.