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Lead Systems Software Engineer

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 Systems Software Engineer to join our team and take on a pivotal role in our modernization journey. This is a highly rewarding opportunity for someone looking to further develop their technical expertise while managing people within an ever-changing and dynamic environment. As the Lead Engineer, you will have the chance to contribute to a wide variety of projects and initiatives, shaping the course of our modernization efforts. Additionally, you will be exposed to a diverse range of tools and technologies.


  • As a lead engineer, this role will be focused on application gateway platforms such as API  management/webserver/.NET/WAS/DP/NGINX.

  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Containers, Infrastructure as Code, Proficient in at least 1 major programming language (REST APIs, Java, C++/C#, Python, JavaScript) 

  • Experience with engineering best practices to include analyzing, designing, developing, and deploying and supporting software solutions and/or infrastructure implementations/upgrades. 

  • Shown experience with integration of n-tier applications (i.e. REST, DNS, HTTP, SSL, Encryption, Authentication, Load Balancing) 

  • Proven record of managing and technically leading teams.

  • Proven record of working on POCs and technical design documentation for complex technical efforts.

  • Lead team during change management, troubleshooting and root cause analysis.

  • Strong problem-solving skills. 

  • Strong sense of ownership and the ability to work with a limited set of requirements.

  • Ability to explain technical solutions to technical teams and non-technical teams. 

  • Creating patterns of automation for CI/CD, infrastructure deployment, maintenance, monitoring, security and compliance as well as partnering with other enterprise teams, using industry and enterprise standard methodologies. 

  • Continuously improve patterns and workflow by collecting and responding to feedback. 

  • Experience with Agile methodologies 

  • Proactively learn emerging platforms and related technology 

  • Ability to solve and articulate complex technical issues and enable/teach peers to be self sufficient 

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

  • AWS or Docker or Kubernetes Certification Preferred

  • At least 6 years of working experience

  • 3-5 years of experience leading complex solutions and teams

  • 6+ years experience with networking and Linux based platforms

  • 6+ years experience with modern programming and scripting languages (Python, Go, JavaScript)

  • 6+ years experience performance tuning and operations of application stacks, OSs, DBs, etc

  • 3+ years experience with AWS Cloud Services (AWS Certified Preferred) and containerized applications and container orchestration (Docker, Kubernetes - CKA Preferred)

  • 3+ years experience with REST APIs and API gateways.

  • Strong experience with monitoring and performance management/tuning of systems

  • Strong experience with Prometheus, Dynatrace, New Relic, or other APM solutions focused on observability and alerting

  • Experience with Infrastructure-as-Code frameworks (Terraform, CloudFormation)

  • Experience working with DevOps, CICD, GitOps, Agile methodologies.

  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines and automation and how to apply it with services such as Gitlab CI, Jenkins, CodePipeline, or Circle CI

  • Experience with Unit Testing

  • Experience with Linux and Windows. Understanding how to install, configure and manage. Very comfortable with CLI.

  • Experience creating and leading multi-month roadmaps

  • Experience leading engineering efforts

  • Experience mentoring and coaching junior engineers

  • Experience working with management

  • Experience translating business into technical requirements

  • Experience translating technical features into business benefits

  • Experience dealing with ambiguity and conflicting priorities

Job Expectations: 

  • Ability to work onsite(Milwaukee or Franklin) in the office at least 3 days per week. 


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Northwestern Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additiona l information relating to location-based pay structures.

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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.

If you work or would be working in California, Colorado, New York City, Washington or outside of a Corporate location, please click here for information pertaining to compensation and benefits.


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.