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Financial Planning Business Consultant

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


At Northwestern Mutual, our vision is to deliver financial security to help our clients live their best lives by choice. A key pillar of our vision and success is our strong, vibrant sales force. This role sits within the Career Distribution (CD), which is at the forefront of working across the home office and sales force as one team to achieve the sales and growth objectives the company expects, while delivering the experience our distribution needs and deserves.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enhances field productivity and profitability by partnering with financial advisors to help them build and grow integrated planning practices.

  • Provides in-depth consultation and support to advisors on financial planning, sales processes, products and implementation.

  • Identifies and develops best practices, tools, training and resources needed to introduce successful financial planning services to the field.

  • Leads projects to enhance centralized service models; drive adoption of Northwestern Mutual' s planning and investment philosophies; and support the growth of integrated advisors in the field.

  • Supports workflow refinement, team development and change management in alignment with Northwestern Mutual' s evolving distribution strategy.

  • Consults with advisor on financial planning, product options, suitability, and investment concepts and strategies.

  • Analyzes clients' financial goals, current situation and portfolio. Thoroughly documents case notes and thought process for recommendations presented to advisors. Develops appropriate recommendation options to meet client needs, risk profile, time horizon and preferences.

  • Coaches on the presentation of financial plans, investment cases and successful client presentation including handling client objections.

  • Leads projects to enhance the program to increase alignment with planning, integrate investments and increase productivity in field offices. This includes development of tools, training and other materials needed to introduce and expand planning related services.

  • Leads training and education through designing, planning, coordinating and presenting at on topics including program administration, financial planning, investments, technology and workflow.

  • Analyzes workflows and business opportunities to address program implementation obstacles and define centralized planning services to enhance retention and productivity of financial representatives and field offices.

  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as necessary.


  • Bachelor's degree in business, finance or related field.

  • FINRA series 7 license (active)

  • Minimum 3-5 years of financial services experience including both brokerage and advisory investment platforms with demonstrated investment knowledge and understanding of markets, products, platforms and services.

  • Ability to assess client financial situations and analyze portfolios to develop and implement comprehensive plans aligned with client goals.

  • Confidence in counseling representatives on a variety of proactive approaches and solutions.

  • Strong analytical skills, problem solving, attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Strong consultation, organizational and communication skills including ability to establish rapport at all levels of the organization.

  • High degree of self-motivation with leadership and initiative in sharing information, contributing towards group goals and accepting responsibility for results.

  • 3 years as a financial planner, investment sales producer, or CFP preferred. Ability to travel as needed.



This position has been classified as a Registered Representative under NMIS guidelines and requires fingerprinting.

Required Certifications:

Series 7 - FINRA, SIE - FINRA

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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.