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Lead Product Manager

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’re changing the way people think about financial planning with the scale of a Fortune 100 company. We’re redefining and disrupting the industry while changing people’s financial lives with better experiences and better technology. We believe in building inclusive and diverse workplaces, where every voice is heard. Come help us build for the future.

As a large mutual insurance company, the risk policy administration is at the heart of how we deliver long-term value to our policy-owners! The data and product rules must be built and maintained with the utmost attention to detail and quality which the digital assets managed in the Policy Administration portfolio are critical. As a Lead Product Manager, you will be the linchpin in the digital service journey responsible for leading multiple projects and building experiences that empower our advisors and help our clients achieve their financial security.

You will work across a hard-working team of engineers, designers, data scientists, other product managers and customers to define product vision, strategy and deliver outstanding service-related experiences that drive business outcomes. You will cultivate relationships with key team members to ensure alignment with departmental/enterprise strategies and create effective internal workflow processes!

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Set Product Vision: Accountable for multiple products visions and appropriate positioning with key stakeholders across the organization primarily within a single domain ensuring cohesive connections where applicable.

  • Business Expertise: Partners with business and product management to learn business area/domain, while continuing to learn and grow knowledge across the enterprise

  • Develop Roadmap : Define roadmaps and collaboration across key team members to ensure roadmaps are synced and not duplicative. Define and track critical metrics for measure of success across multiple products and stakeholders.

  • Gather Requirements: Gather higher level, more sophisticated product requirements with a general understanding/knowledge of products in remit. Leads cross-functional collaborative meetings with stakeholders to flush-out key requirements to ensure high quality, value and feature integrity. Review and validate requirements captured within team.

  • Defines Product: Responsible for multiple medium to high complexity products and product features from start to finish.

  • Stakeholdering: Deliver key messages, marketing and communications about products in their domain.

  • Design Partnership: Partner with design to ensure cohesive future state user visions and experiences are aligned through a one-year vision with an understanding of the Design process.

  • Author User Stories: Translate requirements to technical details to build and validate use cases and user stories around a product and communicate them efficiently in higher complexity situations.

  • Feature Prioritization: Develop and maintain multiple prioritized backlog of user stories for implementation according to business value or return on investment.

  • Data & Customer Research: Advise product decisions with both qualitative and quantitative data on our behavior and experimentation.

  • Facilitates Ceremonies: Facilitate daily Scrums, Sprint Planning Meetings and Sprint Reviews and Retrospectives.

  • Project Management: Ability to use project management principles to efficiently complete and advance work


  • Bachelor's degree.

  • 6-8 Years of prior experience with at least 6 working in a Product Management Role, with agile team experience.

  • Knowledge Preferred: formal business analyst, engineering or testing experience, knowledge of the financial services industry, certification or experience with Product Owner or Scrum Master role, experience in leadership or mentorship of a team.

  • Proven cross functional work in previous experience along with strong communication skills, time management, project management skills, eye for business and high self awareness/EQ.

  • Previous research experience, influence skills, initial leadership exposure, ability to translate product requirements into technical requirements, and work in ambiguity.

  • Solves unique problems with broad impact on the business; requires conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions.

  • Experience using Digital Analytics and Business Intelligence Dashboards and tools (Heap, Adobe, Power BI, etc)

  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed organization

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We a re 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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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.