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Lead Systems Engineer

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

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Cumulative of prior level plus following:

  • Provide thought leadership, influence peers in and outside of domain, vendor relationships, and organization vertical.

  • Architect solutions that take into account, availability, security, compliance, privacy and legal requirements.

  • Thoughtfully and practically introduce concepts and technologies from the industry to solve important problems.

  • Bring together the work of many teams and individuals into a cohesive, achievable plan that aligns with goals and deadlines.

  • Create solutions that are consistently successful across multiple dimensions, including performance, scalability, robustness and maintainability.

  • Coach and mentor less experienced engineers, along with assigning and suggest stretch assignments.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

  • 6-8 years professional experience

  • 6-8 years of professional IT experience

  • 6-8 years experience with at least one OS/hosting platform

  • 6-8 years experience in performance tuning of application stacks, OSs, DBs etc.

  • 3 years experience with Cloud based PaaS and SaaS platforms and integration points to On Prem infrastructure

  • 6-8 years experience with virtualization and containerization

  • 6-8 years experience with monitoring and performance management of systems

  • 6-8 years experience with Scripting development

  • 6-8 years experience with networking knowledge

  • 6-8 years experience with Identity Platform and tools

  • 4 years of professional IT experience.

  • 6 years of domain specific experience for role.

  • 2 years experience outside primary domain with concepts such as basic network troubleshooting (connectivity, DNS).

  • 4 years experience with modern development and scripting languages

  • Experience with CICD concepts, and tools, branching strategies and leveraging knowledge to assist in delivering an infrastructure as a product.

  • Excellent troubleshooting skills within area of expertise, and in adjacent domains.

  • Solid understanding of traditional or cloud computing technologies including Networking, Compute, Storage, Development, Data, Operations, or Security.

  • 4 year experience in one of the following (AWS, Kubernetes, Linux, Windows) administration and configuration.

  • Experience creating, delivering and supporting highly available architectures.

  • Experience with multiple delivery methodologies such as Agile and Waterfall.

Skills-Proficiency Level:

Agile Methodologies - Advanced
Application Performance Management - Advanced
Application Platforms - Advanced
Client Communications - Advanced
Cloud Technologies - Advanced
Containerization - Advanced
Continuous Learning - Expert
Data Modeling - Advanced
Domain Development - Advanced
Engineering Practices - Advanced
Enterprise Solutions Architecture - Advanced
Infrastructure Automation - Expert
Infrastructure Development - Advanced
Monitor System Performance - Advanced
Negotiation - Advanced
Network Operations - Advanced
Programming Languages - Advanced
Recruiting - Intermediate
Resource Management - Basic
SaaS Platforms - Intermediate
Script Development - Advanced
Scripting Languages - Advanced
Strategic Thinking - Advanced
Technical Communication - Expert
Technical Solution Development - Advanced
Technology Change Management - Advanced
Technology Roadmap - Advanced
Troubleshooting - Advanced
Vendor Management - Advanced
Virtualization - Advanced
Waterfall Model - Advanced
Workforce Planning - Intermediate

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