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Lead Data Management Architect

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

At Northwestern Mutual, we believe relationships are built on trust. That our lives and our work matter. These beliefs launched our company over 160 years ago. Today, they're just a few of the reasons why people choose to build careers at Northwestern Mutual.

We're strong and growing. In a company with such a long and storied history, this may be the most exciting and important time to be a part of Northwestern Mutual. We're strong, innovative and growing.

We invest in our people. We provide opportunities for employees to grow themselves, their career and in turn, our business.

We care. We make a positive difference in our communities. Nationally, thousands have benefitted from our support of research and programs to fight childhood cancer. Each year, our Foundation, employees and financial representatives donate time, talent and financial support to causes they're passionate about.

What’s the role?

We are looking for a Lead Data Engineer passionate about Data Management to join our team. This team provides critical data management expertise and services to various areas across the organization. The role requires a dynamic agile approach, perseverance and persistence to tackle sophisticated business problems, and strong data management skills. You will work to achieve the following goals:

  • Improve and maximize the value of data through Data Management technology enablement:

  • Orchestrate and analyze local data management teams to provide integrated data management solutions

  • Provide strategic oversight to the disparate data management functions

  • Influence and build a roadmap for enterprise metadata management, data quality, access management and data modeling solutions

  • Stay abreast of industry trends and new players in the data management space to ensure NM has the best technology solutions in place to meet business goals and objectives

  • Develop integrated data management metrics

  • Drive technology solutions to support Data Governance program implementation and adoption:

  • Play a key leadership role within the enterprise Data Governance Office

  • Participate in establishing and executing on a governance implementation roadmap and framework by seeking out industry standard methodologies and incorporating relevant ideas

  • Develop integrated standards, best practices, and policies to ensure effective data governance

What You'll Get to Do:

  • Work with a hardworking, mission-driven, respected team with deep domain expertise and enterprise savvy to build out the next generation of enterprise data management capabilities

  • Collaborate with engineers and architects across several enterprise organizations to identify data management solutions

  • Build and mature data management capabilities for top-tier data platforms and services

  • Innovate on how data management technology solutions can enable the business

  • Build efficient systems through automation and self-discovery

What skills you'll need to be successful:

  • An architecture mentality with the ability to translate business capabilities into technology solutions

  • Ability to think creatively and come up with new, innovative solutions to accomplish problems, ideas and tasks

  • Ability to apply their knowledge and demonstrate the knowledge of others to develop optimized Future State models and roadmaps

  • Ability to challenge the status quo

  • Ability to influence/move the organization without authority

  • Ability to cultivate common understanding and convergence of thinking across the organization

  • Ability to resolve material differences of opinions

  • Ability to communicate optimally with all levels of leadership

  • Ability to influence engineer/architect roles through Director/VP


  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, MIS or related field

  • 10 years of IT experience, including 4-6 years showing success in architecting data management solutions such as: data quality, metadata management, access management and data modeling

  • Expertise in SQL, data warehousing architecture and have a demonstrable understanding of concepts like R, Python, etc. and the value they bring to the organization as well as the implications those technologies could have on data management

  • Experience with different operational, BI, and analytical technology implementations (on-prem/cloud, structured/unstructured data, operational/DW/data lake implementations)

  • Shown experience building and working with technology conceptual and logical models - capabilities, blueprints, information models, process models, principles, etc.

  • Deep working knowledge of DMBoK concepts and domains (CDMP certification desired)

  • Experience with Agile methodologies/Dev Ops environments

  • Experience in designing and architecting API’s

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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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