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Principal - Private Debt & Equity

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Northwestern Mutual Capital (NMC) is a committed investor in the private credit (senior & mezzanine) and equity co-investment (common & structured) markets and a leading player in the investment grade privately placed debt market.  Collectively, the team manages ~$65B of AUM.  NMC manages capital primarily for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, a highly rated life insurance company with a 165+ year legacy. The stability of our capital base has led private equity firms and corporations around the world to rely on NMC for strategic funding to support leveraged transactions and capital investments. The Principal is a key member of our team, with high performers given increasing responsibility and career advancement over time.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Analyze, evaluate, and execute private equity and private credit investments.
  • Develop investment theses.
  • Perform detailed financial analysis and modeling.
  • Author investment memos and lead investment committee discussions.
  • Cultivate relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including senior level executives, legal counsels, investment bankers, and private equity sponsors.
  • Actively monitor and optimize portfolio performance.
  • Operate in a team environment and mentor junior investment professionals.


  • A minimum of four years of experience in investment banking, private equity, equity research, or other related industries.
  • MBA from a top-tier business school.
  • A broad knowledge of investments, an understanding of economic forces affecting a wide range of industries, proficiency in accounting, and strong computer modeling skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including written / oral communication and relationship building.


Compensation Range:

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 loc ation. Please click here for additional 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.

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