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Lead Test Engineer

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

The Lead Test Engineer has a primary accountability of being a Product Owner/Team Lead who is focused on team leadership/management, and setting the vision and direction for the team’s work, as well as a Technical Lead who is focused on moving solutions forward, anticipating testing needs of the team and applying a depth and breadth of advanced testing knowledge to proactively address complex problems in a variety of ways including building custom solutions and designing and leading testing engagements.

The Lead Test Engineer is a leader both within the Testing team and in the Department with the expectation to guide and mentor team members. This includes overseeing the testing performed by junior testers, mentoring their technical educational activities, freely sharing knowledge and testing techniques.

Accountable for effectively and professionally communicating information, as well as preparing and delivering the highest quality security reports, both of which comprehensively and clearly explain risk, demonstrate findings, and offer tactical and strategic recommendations to both technical and non-technical internal clients including department and enterprise leadership, company executives, and law.

Accountable for high-level assessment, recommendation, and onboarding of new technology for the team and the organization. This includes researching and assessing potential vendors and technology, and coordination with Enterprise Vendor Management and Law.

Perform other duties as assigned.


6-8 years of professional experience with emphasis in Test Engineering.

Thorough command of web application principles in the areas of testing, coding, infrastructure, etc.

Highly proficient in one or more scripting/programming languages such as JavaScript, Java, C#, Python, C/C++, etc.

Direct experience developing in, or thorough understanding of, the Agile/DevOps operating models.

Experience testing applications hosted in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) and/or Microsoft Azure platforms as well as the associated security implications of the platforms themselves.

Thorough command of APIs and associated protocols, such as JSON, REST, or SOAP.

Strong ability to independently identify and resolve critical and complex issues through effective problem-solving skills.

Track record of integrity, taking pride in one’s work, seeking to excel, being curious, and adaptable.

Ability to maintain and strengthen relationships; ability to effectively influence and negotiate with internal and external partners.

Proven interpersonal savvy with demonstrated tact and diplomacy.

Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interpret and fully explain the impact of vulnerabilities as well as any recommended remediation to multiple knowledge levels.

Proven people leadership skills including the ability to manage small teams and small projects.


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.


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