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Principal Enterprise Architect, Mainframe

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

This is an outstanding opportunity for a mainframe application architect with a keen interest for modernization to join a company of choice and enjoy the best of both worlds: the strong foundation and resources of a thriving organization built over more than 160 years, alongside a progressive, fast-paced IT team working with the latest and greatest technology. 


What's the role?  

As many financial institutions, a mainframe is at the heart of Northwestern Mutual’s technology ecosystem. Unsurprisingly, Northwestern Mutual’s technology approach has evolved along the years, now leveraging a cloud-based containerized microservice approach with modern CI/CD practices, and some intermediate states in-between. There is a stark contrast between the mainframe ecosystem and our modern development approaches.

This role is for a Principal Enterprise Architect to work with teams doing mainframe-based development to establish a modernization strategy and execute on it.

This is a high-impact role across NM’s Technology organization, working with engineering leaders to implement our technology modernization strategy on a platform core to our business.


What you’ll do:  

·       Work with the different organizations doing development on the mainframe to understand their current state and challenges

·       Define the application architecture target state with the rest of the enterprise architecture team to ensure that it covers those mainframe team’s needs

·       Work with the engineering community to define a target state for logic and data living on the mainframe, along with a transition path

·       Lead those teams to realize Northwestern Mutual's enterprise technology application strategy

·       Provide thought leadership on application architecture & technology across Vice President and Engineering Lead levels and ensure that engineering and IT work is aligned with Northwestern Mutual’s business and technology strategies

·       Guide teams via the definition and recommendation of application architectural patterns, engineering practices and standards and partner with engineering leaders to promote their adoption across the organization 

·       Provide day-to-day mentoring and coaching to junior architects and technical professionals 

·       Ensure Technology Architecture meets financial, compliance, security and risk goals


What we’re looking for:   

·       Bachelors in Computer Science / Computer Engineering, or equivalent experience

·       9-14 years of professional experience required

·       8-10+ years of experience leading teams as an architect or engineer lead

·       Hand-one experience with mainframe development, mainframe applications architecture

·       Experience modernizing mainframe applications

·       Experience with design and implementation of large, complex enterprise systems over an extended period of time 

·       Preferred: Experience building modern Web applications and APIs

·       Preferred: Experience with both on-premise and cloud-based application architecture 

·       Preferred: Experience with event-driven patterns, domain-driven design

·       Knowledge of technologies such as PL/I, DB2 for z/OS, MQ

·       Previous participation in large-scale enterprise technology planning and implementation 

·       Ability to collaborate and provide leadership in a large group of engineering leads and be accountable for driving efforts towards defined outcomes that align to business strategic goals 

·       Experience leading orchestrated enterprise planning methodologies (e.g., SAFe).

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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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.