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IT GRC – Regulatory Response Specialist II

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**This position is a hybrid position. On-site days will be required (M, T, W for Milwaukee OR Thursday + one other day in NYC)  


What's the role?  

As a member of Northwestern Mutual’s (NM) IT regulatory readiness and response team, you will play a crucial role in empowering our technology teams to confidently demonstrate compliance with a wide range of existing and emerging IT and cybersecurity regulations. In this role you will design and execute programs related to New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Cybersecurity regulation, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) model data security law, and other risk and compliance initiatives. Your responsibilities will include cultivating relationships with IT process owners across the Technology function, serving as a consultant and advocate for teams adopting new requirements, providing executive leaders with support for required attestations, and monitoring the regulatory landscape for emerging topics. You’ll hold yourself to a high standard, proactively working to attain/improve pertinent industry knowledge. 



Primary Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Accountable for executing on large, sophisticated, and ambiguous IT efforts as part of the 'second line of defense', 

  • Executing and evolving programs to meet cybersecurity regulation, including NYDFS cybersecurity regulation and Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) Insurance Data Security law, among others. 

  • Evaluating proposed IT regulations for applicability to NM’s IT environment.  

  • Developing responses to examinations by regulators including the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Office of the Comptroller of the Current (OCC), among others. 

  • Performing key responsibilities on IT topics related to internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) which may include identification of IT risk and controls, identification of interface controls, or detailing data flow diagrams. 

  • Accountable for working as part of a team to facilitate the periodic review of access. 


Bring your best! What this role needs:  

  • Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in MIS, Business, or related field; or related work experience beyond the minimum required. 

  • 3+ of experience in information systems or systems audit with a proven knowledge in technologies and processes 

  • Previous experience with regulatory certifications to regulators such as NYDFS and WI-OCI. 

  • Previous experience with examinations by regulators. 

  • Previous experience with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) or Model Audit Rule (MAR), including the ability to assess and implement IT general controls desired. 

  • Shown flexibility to adjust to changing business needs by effectively handling and prioritizing concurrent assignments. 

  • Proven ability to independently identify and resolve critical issues through effective problem-solving skills. 

  • Strong ability to develop and leverage relationships. 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills passionate about facilitation of meetings. 

  • Ability to deliver informative, well-organized documentation and ability to effectively communicate in difficult and/or sensitive situations. 


Our Benefits!  

  • Tons of room for career growth. 

  • We offer highly competitive compensation, including annual bonus opportunities 

  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans, 401(k), pension program 

  • We provide tuition reimbursement, PTO, and Holiday Pay 

  • We provide extensive Professional Training Opportunities 

  • We offer an excellent Work/Life Balance 



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Northwestern Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additiona l information relating to location-based pay structures.

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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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