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Entry Level Software Engineer - Java

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

This Role

This position will be critical in helping us expand the functionality and support our existing Java applications and be put into a position to further design and grow modern software applications.

This role can extend over the following components or, go deep into one:

Help us establish backend design patterns
Help us enhance and grow our existing components
Help us support, troubleshoot, and manage our application design and integrations

Technologies We Use:

  • Java

  • DB2, Amazon RDS

  • AWS

  • JavaScript/NodeJS

  • WebSphere


  • Be a team player: contribute to our culture, invent new ways to address industry needs, criticize constructively, and help create a world-changing company

  • Provide solutions during planning and development

  • Write automated tests via TDD to foster effective, reusable, and flexible code

  • Build logic in isolated, independent, reusable components

  • Ability to tackle user interface problems, independently and as part of a team

  • Debug and troubleshoot integration with new API’s

Skills & Requirements


  • 1-3 years of professional experience.

  • Passionate about learning and creating high-quality, flexible code

  • Proficient Java skills including understanding of Java APIs, such as Spring, Hibernate, log4j

  • Understanding of REST API principles and best practices

  • Proficient with Git

  • Familiarity with data structures and the ability to pick and use the right one for the task.

  • Interest in learning enterprise databases (Oracle, MS SQL Server, Postgres, MySQL, or DB2)

  • Understanding with using APIs including data CRUD operations, JSON data structures, authentication, and documentation

  • Ability to meet deadlines and hard working.

  • Ability to work independently and within a team of diverse skills. Ability to receive and provide constructive feedback.


  • Modern Java experience

  • WebSphere

  • Basic understanding of design patterns

  • Proficiency in building modular applications

  • Knowledgeable on Microservices and/or Service-Oriented Architecture

  • Knowledgeable on security principles (OWASP)

  • Experience with AWS

  • Experience with Docker

  • Experience with Kubernetes


This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Required Certifications:

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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.


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.