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Lead Full Stack Engineer (AI)

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

This position will be based at our New York Campus and require a hybrid work environment: 2 days weekly onsite and 3 days weekly remote.

About Variable

Variable is an innovation team within a Fortune 100 company. Our mission is experiment with emerging technologies and ideas to understand the future.

We are committed to encouraging a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where innovation thrives. We a stable, yet fast-paced, platform for our team to grow their careers, and drive impact at scale.


We are seeking an entrepreneurial engineer that has worked in both early-stage companies and large corporate environments. You will be responsible for building with emerging technology to bring experiments to life. It is a unique opportunity to rapidly build with new technologies and solve unique business challenges. You should have knowledge of emerging technology trends to and the success of our program hinges on exceptionally delivered experiments that change the course of the enterprise.

On our team you will experiment with emerging technologies focused on AI. Collaborate closely with operation and strategy leads, UI/UX designers, developers, and researchers. Be able to effectively prototype in rapid development cycles and communicate development efforts and key findings to senior leadership.

The Role:

  • Build proof of concepts, bringing the experiment to life in partnership with strategy, design, and research

  • Ideate with team around the impact of emerging technology on the core business

  • Create AI proof of concepts exploring new ways to apply the technology

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to bring innovative concepts to life technically

  • Take initiative, work independently, strategize, and execute

  • Lead by example to build simple solutions that quickly demonstrate business value

  • Build efficient backend frameworks, serving content and integrating with 3rd parties through custom API’s

  • Implement responsive and user-centric interfaces, ensuring an optimal user experience

  • Provides quantitative and qualitative data analysis

  • Create and maintain server-side and client-side code

  • Embrace continuous learning, curiosity, and ambiguity

  • Contributes to the growth & development of the organization through actively sharing result & insights across the teams and with cross-functional stakeholders


  • 7+ years experience building full stack applications

  • Experience or interest in developing AI-driven solutions and working with machine learning models, as well as familiarity with AI platforms, tools, and frameworks

  • Strong fundamental understanding of machine learning models, feed-forward neural networks, and transformer models

  • Deep knowledge of statistical analysis and model explain-ability

  • Experience in vector databases like Pinecone for tasks such as Document Retrieval or Semantic Search and is familiar with model hosting solutions.

  • Experience with server-less infrastructures such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

  • Deep database experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct experience building applications with emerging technologies such as GenAI, Web 3, etc.

  • AI domain expertise with a portfolio of applications demonstrating ML/AI, and GenAI

  • Exposure to web3 and blockchain technology


  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off

  • Highly competitive compensation that include base salary plus bonus

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


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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 additional 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.

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.