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Principal - Private Debt & Equity

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

Northwestern Mutual’ s Private Debt and Equity group is a committed investor in the private markets, partnering with leading private equity firms and corporations for the past 40+ years. This dedication has led private equity firms and corporations around the world to rely on us to provide the strategic funding vital to support leveraged transactions and capital investments.

A Principal is responsible for the analysis, evaluation, and execution of private equity and debt investment opportunities offered to Northwestern Mutual Capital by investment bankers, issuers, and private equity sponsors.  Specific responsibilities include developing investment theses, financial modeling and valuation, structuring investment securities, conducting industry and business due diligence, authoring investment memos, leading investment committee discussions, and developing relationships with senior level executives, investment bankers, and private equity sponsors.  Principals are also responsible for monitoring investments in the Northwestern Mutual Capital portfolio as well as completing workouts of underperforming investments.  The Principal, operating in a team environment, will be given increasing responsibility over time and high performers can expect significant career advancement opportunities.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs. Minimum qualifications

  • An MBA from a top-tier business school (0-2 years of post-MBA experience)
  • A minimum of four years of experience in investment banking, private equity, equity research, or other related industries.
  • A broad knowledge of investments, an understanding of economic forces affecting a wide range of industries, proficiency in accounting, strong computer modeling skills, and intellectual curiosity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with corporate executives, attorneys and senior members of Northwestern Mutual Capital.

Preferred skills and proficiencies

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving ability

  • High degree of self-motivation, passion, and a drive to learn

  • Ability to balance multiple priorities

Who we are

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for over 160 years through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation, and distribution. With more than $290 billion in assets, $30 billion in revenues and more than $1.9 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.6 million clients. People are the power behind Northwestern Mutual, and diversity makes us better. We are committed to reflecting and serving the marketplace. We do so by attracting and improving the engagement of those who bring their outstanding perspectives, ideas, and beliefs. At Northwestern Mutual, people matter. And you’ll be working for a company that’s consistently voted among the “most admired” in the nation. We invite you to explore your career interests with us.


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W e 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.