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Lead Recruiter - Corporate Functions

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

Our recruiting team is tasked with recruiting for all hires in the home office, at all levels. We work as advisors about the internal and external talent labor markets to the business and HR teams. We are a forward-looking team, lean on the strength of our relationships and are fueled by data. We are poised to make a spectacular impact on the company by delivering high-quality, diverse hires. We have made significant investments in people, tools and technology in the last year and are continuing to grow our team!

The Lead Recruiter reports to the Sr Director TA and is responsible the full life cycle of recruiting for all requisitions in corporate functions business areas. The most successful lead recruiters prioritize the requisition loads for themselves and the recruiters/sourcers they work with, and build pipelines of high-quality candidates for critical roles. They also work closely with the TA team management, hiring managers, and HR business partners to develop and execute tactical sourcing strategies in order to generate a diverse candidate pool. They also support our talent attraction programs and support university, military and diversity recruiting events as needed.

This is a leadership role in our team, accountable for recruiting delivery for the corporate functions business areas by providing daily leadership, training, and development of recruiters/sourcers supporting the business.

Think you have what it takes?

The most successful team members have a strict focus on the needs of our customers. They gain insights through relationships, plan for future needs, and consistently add value for the customer. They consistently deliver results and are fueled by a passion to win. They set personal performance & development goals, identify a plan to achieve them, adjusting their effort to accomplish them, and take ownership to ensure their success. They are agile communicators with excellent written and verbal communication skills, understand their audience, and can quickly adapt to meet the needs of differing audiences. They believe the best work is done in teams, and they look for ways to collaborate with peers to support their goals. They hold peers accountable for commitments and demonstrate dedication to the team. They are analytical, considering data from multiple sources & relationships, can identify links between dissimilar data sets, and draw conclusions & assumptions that will best benefit the business.

Short-term expectations

  • Learn and use recruiting process

  • Educate yourself about the business area you are aligned to and begin to establish relationships

  • Set expectations and good communication habits with customers

Long-term expectations

  • Identify priority / critical roles for your customer group, build a sourcing strategy for each functional area, gain support from internal partners, and execute the plan.

  • Establish yourself as a brand ambassador for Northwestern Mutual, and influence other brand ambassadors within your aligned customer group.

Required Qualifications

University degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Eight years demonstrable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience leading expectations of high-level partners, in HR and business leadership roles. Leadership experience - setting work priorities and mentor staff. Competence in developing digital candidate sourcing strategies. Knowledge of recruiting & staffing laws, including OFCCP. Technology aptitude: experience with Workday (ATS), Beamery (CRM), LinkedIn Recruiter, and other direct sourcing tools. Foundational understanding of the Boolean search language, and how those search principles apply to both internet and database searches.



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

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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.