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IAM Principal Engineer/Architect

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

The IAM Principal Architect for Identity & Access Management at Northeastern Mutual Life Insurance will proactively identify and solve the most complex problems; using ground-breaking methods to think beyond existing solutions.

Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective on existing solutions; exercises judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information. Solves unique problems with broad impact on the business; requires conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions. Leads others to solve complex problems; uses sophisticated analytical thought to exercise judgment and identify innovative solutions. Identifies and solves technical and operational problems; understands and recognizes a broader impact across the organization

What's the role?

  • Works without supervision on large, complex IAM projects

  • Is a leader within the IAM organization with the expectation to represent IAM outside the IAM domain. Freely shares IAM knowledge and testing techniques to others within and outside the domain. Is considered an expert in Identity and Access Management technologies.

  • Provide thought leadership on architecture and technology matters; ensuring that technology work is aligned to long-term strategic business interests

  • Leads software design on the largest, most complex projects driving significant innovation.

  • Brings digital strategy to life across functional lines.

  • Recognized as a company or industry thought leader in an engineering discipline.

  • Regularly monitoring the security community for, and researching, the latest assessment and exploit methodologies. This work is concluded by sharing the information

  • Contributes to the innovation of software development within IAM domain

  • Contributes to the innovation of new IAM solutions

  • Working with technical and non-technical stakeholders and communicating complex problems through targeted communication.

  • Must be highly collaborative, able to effectively interact with peers, management and leadership teams of varying technical levels, and take action when security challenges or requirements arise.

  • Mentors all professional levels.

Additional Skills

  • Experience with engineering best practices to include analyzing, designing, developing, deploying, and supporting software solutions, and/or infrastructure implementations/upgrades.

  • Experience in the following domains: SSO/Federation, Active Directory, Azure, AWS, Privileged Access, and Customer Identity & Access Management (CIAM)

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Strong documentation, testing, and automation skills.

  • Strong sense of ownership and the ability to work with a limited set of requirements.

  • Strong ability to identify and set security practices.

  • Strong ability to align technical needs to business processes.

  • Strong ability to prioritize work based on business objectives.

  • Strong ability to breakdown work to deliver value incrementally.

Minimum Requirements

  • 8 plus years of work experience in the IT field, with at least a portion of that time in Security and/or Architecture

  • Bachelor's degree in Cyber Security, Computer Science, Information systems or equivalent experience

  • Certification in security space desired (CISSP, CCSP, etc.)

Beyond base salary, NM offers the following benefits; pension, 401k, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision, FREE lunch, annual bonus opportunity, and much more!


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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