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Messaging Engineer - MQ, Mule, Kafka

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

What's the role?

Are you looking for a role with huge organizational impact? Northwestern Mutual is seeking a hardworking and experienced Engineer with a desire to contribute to the DevOps practices on the Messaging Infrastructure Team. This is an opportunity to innovate, set priority, and establish our practice as we mature our space around next generation messaging patterns.

You will apply established best practices, and play a pivotal role in supporting infrastructure for large, complex systems. As a strategic thinker, you will move between diverse tasks with cooperation and persistence, helping to bring out the best in those around you. Critical to delivery is your ability to work as a collaborative team-member, lead through ambiguity, and willingness to relentlessly learn and improve yourself and those around you. You will have the opportunity to learn and work with other technologies. You will bring an automation first mindset with a strong focus on monitoring.


  • Support the enterprise's messaging platforms (MQ, Mule, Kafka).

  • Implement and enforce process for change management, emergency response and capacity planning.

  • Solve problems relating to mission-critical services.

  • Design, build and deliver automation tools that improve the availability, scalability, latency and efficiency of systems.

  • Partner with Product teams to improve roadmaps.

  • Partner with multiple application areas to ensure adoption of new pipeline features.

  • Drive efficiencies in systems & processes.

Bring your best! What this role needs:

  • Proven experience with IBM WebSphere MQ.

  • Experience with Kafka and Mule are nice to have, but we will train the right candidate.

  • Demonstrated experience with, at minimum, a subset of the following technologies.

  • OS: Linux, AIX

  • Cloud Platforms: AWS

  • Middleware Technologies: IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM WebSphere IHS, NGINIX, MuleSoft, Apache Web Servers.

  • Tools: Ansible, GitLab, UrbanCode, ELK Stack, Dynatrace

  • Languages/Scripting: Java, Shell, Python, Jython

  • Strong ITSM knowledge.

  • Experience with CI/CD tools and processes.

  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in MIS, Business or related field; or related work experience beyond the minimum required

  • Three or more years of experience in information systems or systems audit with a proven knowledge in technologies and processes

  • Strong ability to independently identify and resolve critical and sophisticated issues through effective problem-solving skills

  • Strong ability to maintain and strengthen relationships; ability to influence and negotiate with internal and external partners

Beyond base salary, NM offers the following benefits; pension, 401k, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision, FREE lunch, annual bonus opportunity, and much more!


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.