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Lead Data Engineer

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

This opportunity is an excellent way to craft and lead the technology teams that are passionate about how we are delivering data and our decision-making solutions to the investment professionals who manage Northwestern Mutual’s $282 billion general account. The general account is invested across various public and private fixed income and equity asset classes with the goal of generating superior risk-adjusted returns while preserving the company's exceptional financial strength. This time-tested strategy fundamentally supports Northwestern Mutual's best-in-class product value and ability to deliver lifelong financial security to its policy owners and clients.
You will be a part of a key transformational initiative aiming to reimagine the investment lifecycle and deliver modern solutions to enhance the investment decision making process! You will participate in realizing the technology for both operational and analytical use cases and will have a visible impact on building a brand-new digital platform for Managed Investments. If you are looking for an opportunity to build the future and play an active role in a strategic area of our company, this is an opportunity for you! Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Apply engineering best practices in order to analyze, design, develop, deploy and support software solutions.
  • Influence team members through lean agile leadership.
  • Mentor on Software Craftsmanship and Quality Standards.
  • Develop software using continuous Deployment and integration practices.
  • Participate in an Agile implementation and maintenance of source control and release procedures.
  • Participate in Code Reviews and feedback to the team
  • Mentor technical members of the team.
  • Contribute to a collaborative work environment in which all team members are respected regardless of their individual differences and are motivated to improve both their individual and team contributions.
  • Identify data quality issues and their root causes. Propose fixes and design data audits.
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • At least 6 years of professional software engineering, debugging, analysis, testing and software documentation experience.
  • Advanced programming skills.
  • Code Knowledge: Python, SQL, Kafka, AWS, Snowflake.
  • Experience architecting a data platform using Snowflake.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies/DevOps environment.
  • Prior Asset Management and/or Institutional Investments Experience.
  • Prior experience with data mesh implementation.
  • Strong understanding of database structures, theories, principles, practices, along with Data Quality and Data Concepts.
  • Strong understanding of Data Integration Patterns and Tooling including ELT/ETL, EII, Replication, Event Streaming and Virtualization to support batch and real-time data needs.
  • Understanding of 4-6 subject areas/domains of data.
  • Provides a Strong Agile Lean Servant-Leader Model.
  • Exceptional analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving skills.

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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.

If you work or would be working in California, Colorado, New York City, Washington or outside of a Corporate location, please click here for information pertaining to compensation and benefits.


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.