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Design Project Manager

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?

Using your project management expertise, you will plan, supervise and run internal projects from initiation through completion. You will secure required resources and use formal processes and tools to handle them, as well as budgets, risks, and changes. You will lead projects to ensure timely completion according to specifications and within budgeted costs. The person in this role is concerned with clearly identifiable elements or functions within a larger project or independently leading moderately sized projects.

What you'll be doing:

  • Independently leads sophisticated departmental projects/support assignments and/or participates in cross-departmental projects with responsibility for leading scope, risk, business value, schedule, and budget.

  • Defines the objectives to be accomplished by the project team and develops the project plan. Leads team members to understand the best methods to achieve the project objectives and allocates staff and budget resources required to achieve those objectives.

  • Conducts analysis to identify the scope and nature of a business and/or system problem. Responsible for accomplishing the stated project objectives through key project management responsibilities that include building the project requirements and running the triple project constraints of cost, time, and scope.

  • At the direction of the project manager lead, develops presentations and communications which incorporate a clear understanding of corporate communications theory and practice.

  • Identifies alternative options in the development and improvements for new policies and processes. The incumbent will build out new processes and systems that help realize efficiencies and cost savings for the division.

  • Responsible for leading project risk through the development, maintenance, and revision of reports and tracking tools. Using approved methodologies uses all available tools to identify potential problems before they occur.

  • Understands the key business drivers as they relate to the projects. Adapts to the various internal procedures and forms close links with the business partner representatives, ensuring that the key issues can be realized.

  • Assembles and delivers day-to-day progress of a project as it relates to leading all aspects of scope, schedule, cost, and quality in order to support project management decisions and compliance with company-approved methodology and required deliverables.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs!

  • Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in, Business, Project Management or related field preferred OR a significant amount of directly-related work experience beyond the minimum required for the position. PMI certification is helpful.

  • Minimum 2 years experience/knowledge in processes and project management to include analysis, documentation, and solid track record to lead mid-complexity assignments.

  • Ability to prioritize work and balance multiple tasks simultaneously in a timely manner.

  • Seen as a phenomenal teammate and is encouraging of group decisions and ideas.


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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