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Lead Information Risk Analyst

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

We are seeking a Lead Information Risk Analyst to join our team. As a Lead Information Risk Analyst, you will assist with multi-discipline risk assessments then analyze and interpret the IT Risks to create guidance for effective business understanding. You will have broad visibility and impact on the understanding and management of risk by the enterprise.

The Lead Risk Management Consultant serves as the key information risk advisor, working to optimize and balance risks and controls. You will: manage information risk outcomes; develop and maintain relationships with business leaders; ensure processes and controls are aligned with established information risk strategy, accountable for escalating information risk issues and balancing business needs with information risk implications, in an effort to in order to foster a business environment that effectively manages information risk; resolve advanced information risk issues related to information protection policies, standards, processes and controls; manage overall results of multiple projects within the information risk program (including accountability for defining and managing scope, schedule, cost, and quality); communicate project status to partners; ensure compliance with Company-approved risk management methodology.

  • Responsible for the advancement of the information risk strategy to foster a business environment that effectively manages information risk. Communicates the information risk strategy with business clients, IS Dept, vendors, field and senior management in order to ensure a common understanding and acceptance.

  • Manages overall results of multiple projects within the information risk program including accountability for defining and managing scope, schedule, cost, and quality. Communicates project status to appropriate partners. Ensures compliance with company approved methodology and required deliverables and applies lessons learned throughout subsequent project phases.

  • Manages relationships with business clients and gains broad knowledge of their business. Ensures expectations are managed and that clients gain a full understanding of information risks and the impact on their business.

  • Responsible for educating, coaching, and guiding leaders across the company on information risk. Understands both the business and technical implications of information risk and advises on appropriate investment decisions.

  • Accountable for the resolution of escalated information risk issues related to information protection policies, standards, processes and controls; information protection awareness and training program; noncompliance issues and security incidents in order to effectively balance the needs of the business with the associated risks.

  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as necessary.

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

  • Ten years of professional experience in information systems or systems audit.

  • Minimum of two years of experience leading complex projects or developing, influencing, and recommending business strategies.

  • Demonstrable ability to independently identify and resolve critical and complex issues through effective problem solving skills.

  • Includes ability to deal with ambiguity.

  • Demonstrable ability to maintain and strengthen relationships;

  • ability to effectively influence and negotiate with internal and external partners; and proven organizational savvy with demonstrated tact and diplomacy.

  • Proven business and technical communication skills; ability to communicate in both business and technical terminology based on the situation and the audience.

  • Solid understanding of information risks and IT general controls.

  • Solid ability to lead teams and build consensus around complex technical and business decisions.

If this role is of interest, we would love to hear from you!

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This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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