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Lead Back-End Software Engineer

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


We are looking for a Lead Software Engineer to manage the development of core capabilities in our award-winning Financial Planning application. You will manage a team, mentor developers, interact with the business, contribute to the design, hire team members, help steer the process, and contribute directly to a sophisticated fintech platform. You will have direct exposure to technology such as Kotlin, MongoDB, NodeJS, RabbitMQ, REST and gRPC, GraphQL, and domain-driven design. The crux of the work will focus on a major refactor of the back-end components using newer technology and approaches.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities ​

  • Consistent delivery of a two-week product increment via Scrum

  • Act as primary point of responsibility for code quality

  • Take a primary role in evolving the architecture and design choices

  • Work at a high level with business stakeholders to refine requirements

  • Estimate new increments

  • Identify and resolve security vulnerabilities and code quality issues

  • Hire new team members

  • Identify performance and quality issues and use your team's resources to resolve them


  • Demonstrable success in leading software development teams in SOA projects
  • Expert-level knowledge of back-end software development
  • Fluency in Kotlin/Java and common platforms/frameworks (NodeJS, React, Spring Boot) sufficient to facilitate code reviews, understand existing features, and move designs forward.
  • Familiarity with the ins and outs of Scrum (or other Agile methodology)
  • Experience designing APIs with a formal REST methodology
  • Experience using git and managing code quality via pull requests
  • Knowledge of current architecture, and popular approaches to solving problems with software
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 6 years of professional experience


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W e 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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