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Principal Product Manager, Wealth Management

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?

At Northwestern Mutual, we’re changing the way people think about financial planning with the scale of a Fortune 100 company. We’re redefining and disrupting the industry and changing people’s financial lives with better experiences and better technology. We believe in building inclusive, and diverse workplaces, where every voice is heard. Come help us build for the future!

As a Principal Product Manager you will own the product vision, strategy, and delivery for our rapidly growing wealth management business. You will focus on building a user-experience led set of wealth management capabilities and help modernize our legacy systems and enhance our experiences across both our Field and Client/Customer users. You will influence and partner with a cross-functional team of Financial Advisors/ Field Leaders, Software Engineers, Designers, Technology Vendors, and Business Partners in an agile framework to deliver user value and business outcomes. Strong product fundamental, accompanied by wealth management experience will need to be supplemented with effectively communicating vision and aligning teams around shared goals. For the right candidate, this role presents an opportunity to build game-changing technology for Northwestern Mutual’s Financial Advisors and Clients.


  • Set product strategy and influence acceptance and adoption of that strategy with the end user’s experience at the center of their decision making.

  • Strong knowledge of wealth management and business areas they support and ability to interact with various Financial Advisors and practice models to drive at value while balancing standardization.

  • Manage the product line life cycle from the strategic planning to tactical initiatives for both vended and custom solutions.

  • Specify the market requirements in relation to the business’ product for both existing and future products based on market research realized through interactions with the clients, consumers and prospective users.

  • Collaborate cross-functionally with business partners including engineering, marketing, design, and sales to allow for the smooth and efficient flow of product activities.

  • Work closely with technical departments to ensure user needs are being met and resolve issues as they emerge and evolve.

  • Exhibits the following competencies: Strives to be a thought leader in wealth management, accountable for high quality, value driven work that drives business outcomes; places the user in the center of decision making, teams up and collaborates for speed, agility, and innovation; embraces continuous learning, is curious, embraces ambiguity, voices opinions; and takes personal accountability.

  • As a leader creates the future by fostering an engaging environment that places employees closest to their customers, and encourages accountability and development. Breaks down barriers so individuals and teams can be accountable and responsible to do their best. Aligns employee’s passion to business value outcomes.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • 10+ years relevant experience; preferably in a software development organization, implementing wealth management systems for Financial Advisors and Clients.

  • Experience with investment management systems, and broker/dealer tools, including custody.

  • Sets divisional priorities and allocates resources to align with business. Is accountable for the performance and results of the team.

  • Proven track record of launching successful platforms and common components for both internal consumption and for 3rd parties/clients.

  • Experience partnering with user-experience design functions and applying customer experience best practices.

  • Proven ability to use both qualitative and quantitative data to back up assumptions and develop business cases.

  • Experience with and embraces Lean-Agile principles/DevOps environment.

  • Strong strategic aptitude; ability to define and support product strategy and road map.

  • Excellent customer experience intuition; demonstrated success in inventing creative and user-friendly products.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


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.