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Lead Security Assessment Consultant

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What's the role?

Northwestern Mutual is looking for a Lead Security Assessment Consultant to join the Security Assessments Team to focus on security engineering assessments and threat modeling work.


  • Accountable for advancement of the strategy to provide ongoing monitoring and assessment of control coverage and efficiency in order to ensure compliance with information protection policies and standards.

  • Accountable for advancement of the strategy to document, report, and manage findings, exceptions to standards, and identified risks in order to ensure that appropriate action plans are built and executed to remediate gaps, deficiencies, and risks.

  • Leads projects within the information risk program including accountability for defining and managing scope, schedule, cost, and quality. Communicates project status to appropriate stakeholders. 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 grasp of information risks and the impact on their business.

  • Responsible for educating, mentoring, 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 applicable.


  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree with an emphasis in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, MIS or related field; or related work experience beyond the minimum required.

  • One or more advanced risk or security certifications (e.g. CISSP, CRISC, CISA, CISM, CCSP, FAIR).

  • 6-8 years of professional experience required

  • Six years of professional experience in information systems or systems audit with a demonstrated knowledge in technologies and processes.

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

  • Proven ability to take care of ambiguity.

  • Demonstrable ability to maintain and strengthen relationships;

  • Proven ability to effectively influence and negotiate with internal and external partners;

  • Proven interpersonal savvy with demonstrated tact and diplomacy.

  • Proven business and technical communication skills;

  • Demonstrable ability to communicate in both business and technical terminology based on the situation and the audience.

  • Understanding of information risks and IT general controls.

  • Understanding of information risk, data privacy, and controls assurance

  • Understanding of risk management principles and techniques

  • Ability to lead teams and build consensus around complex technical and business decisions

  • Assessment experience - Security Assessments, Risk Assessments, Vendor Assessments, Compliance Assessments

  • Ability to recommend mitigating controls for various security gaps

  • Cloud Security experience - AWS, Azure

  • Knowledge of NIST framework

  • Data Privacy (GDPR, CCPA etc.) experience - experience with Data tagging, Data flows, etc.


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


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

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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.


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.