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Financial Planning Strategy and Implementation Sr. Consultant

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

Northwestern Mutual continues to focus on financial planning as a central part of our client experience and the way our advisors help clients achieve financial security. As part of the larger Advice Practice, this team plays a vital role in this work by focusing on:

1. Setting and promoting the philosophical approach of personal financial planning at Northwestern Mutual.

  • This includes NM's overall planning philosophy, setting best practices around planning, crafting appropriate planning assumptions, creating definitions (e.g. a "complete" fact finder), ensuring planning facilitates sales, and more!

2. Defining, and empowering other teams to lead change in, how our financial advisors should deliver planning via our planning tools.

  • This includes measuring and identifying high priority areas for field development efforts, building and delivering training, developing in-depth knowledge of our planning tools, helping write planning language advisors could use with clients, and more!

3. Partnering with internal stakeholders to help them incorporate financial planning in their work.

  • This might include work such as acting as a subject matter expert for other areas of the company, helping other teams integrate planning into their efforts, presenting to teams and communicating planning to the larger organization.

Individuals on this team should have a background in financial planning, strong communication skills, are highly motivated, and can independently drive initiatives.

Planning is broad and has a lot of internal partners; this team needs to network, identify and engage others across the organization, use diplomacy to balance multiple points of view, and often influence without formal authority.

You should be up-to-date with the financial industry's practices, products, and strategies; as well as have the ability to research and confidently build best practices and stances around complex financial planning topics (utilizing the knowledge of other teams when needed).

This team celebrates curiosity, enthusiastic debate, being open to thinking about things in a new way, and can get a bit "nerdy" while still being able to zoom out and communicate complex topics clearly and succinctly.

Remote employees will be considered, but as there will be a need for strong advocacy with teams across the company, local placement is preferred.

Bring your best! This role requires:

  • 5-7+ years of experience in the financial planning industry

  • CLU®, ChFC®, and/or CFP® a plus.

  • Highly motivated, enjoys getting things done, and can work well independently

  • Knowledge of NM's field, field's tools, and how NM advisors deliver financial security to clients is preferred.

  • Ability to collaborate with teams across Northwestern Mutual

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Comfortable digging into numbers, data, and planning tools

  • Experience creating and using research is a plus.

  • Ability to communicate complex topics clearly and succinctly.

Benefits:

  • Smart team that is very friendly and always willing to lend a hand.

  • Tons of room for career growth.

  • Highly competitive salary

  • Outstanding Benefits- PTO, bonuses, medical/dental/vision, retirement, and volunteer opportunities

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

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