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Senior Back End Engineer

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

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?
As a full-stack engineer, you’ll be working on the Platform Engineering Team, building a modern application platform to host our company's growing suite of micro apps. You’ll code in NodeJS/TypeScript daily, alongside modern tech, such as AWS, NGINX, Lua, and a robust CI/CD pipeline. Our clients are your fellow engineers, building microapps, dashboards and UI to service the financial representatives and other employees of Northwestern Mutual. Help us build the gateways, identity, and data microservices that hundreds of these apps depend upon. You’ll solve complex problems, collaborating with both architects and designers to deliver the platform. As a senior, you’ll be helping mentor and guide the development of more junior team members.

Those Buzz Words:
Full Stack, NodeJS, Typescript, Proxies, AWS Cloud infrastructure, NGINX, Lua, NodeJS/TypeScript, React, CI/CD pipeline, Agile, Terraform, Azure, Authentication, Authorization, Caching, Encryption, Cloud Services

What We Can’t Live Without:
• Strong JavaScript experience building backend NodeJS micro-services. (TypeScript a plus).
• You can analyze, design, develop, and deploy web apps and microservices hosted within AWS Cloud Infrastructure.
• Self-motivated and driven. A team player that effectively works well with other engineers, product owners, and non-technical roles.
• 4+ years of engineering experience.

Nice To Haves:
• Comfortable with app servers, such as Nginx or Apache (Open Resty & Lua is a plus).
• Some familiarity with Computer Networks (DNS, routing, firewalls).
• Some familiarity with OSI stack.
• Comfortable with Unit Testing and Integration Testing and Best Practices (such as Jest).
• Experience with Databases and Key/Value stores, such as Redis, MySql, etc.
• Experience in AWS, such as Dynamo, S3, EC2, IAM, etc.
• Strong problem-solving skills.
• Strong sense of ownership and the ability to work with a limited set of requirements.

What Your Day Will Look Like:
Start the day working with a Hybrid team, building and maintaining micro-services (APIs) built mostly in NodeJS, with some NginX proxies. You will utilize AWS, Kubernetes, Azure, and more to build/deploy your apps to production, and enable a platform that most of the company is moving to. You may be in the office, or you may be working from home. We’re flexible, and plan to stay that way. Our team is smart, motivated, friendly, sometimes a bit sarcastic. We don’t belittle each other if they do not know something, and we try to help each other grow. Some of us come to the office regularly, others only occasionally. But we’re always working together to help each other solve problems, learn, and grow. We come from a startup that brought the company into this century, and we work like one. We build microapps, demand full test coverage, and code for the edge-cases. We’re backed by a fortune 100 company, so the hours aren’t long, and we actually subscribe to work-life balance. Occasionally, we’ll have opportunities to travel to Milwaukee for team outings, or welcome our coworkers into NYC.

Your Impact:
Your work will be serving the Financial Reps, and employees at the heart of this company. You’ll empower developers who are deploying (mostly) React Apps, and building the tools used by customers and the Financial Reps that serve them. This work will be helping regular people build financial stability and plan for the future in a time when a global pandemic is sweeping through people’s lives, and inflation and supply chain issues are threatening financial security throughout the country.
Our office was part of a startup, brought in-house to rebrand and rebuild a 160+ year old company. While you’re helping to transform the platform NM runs on, you’ll be sharing an office with the teams that redesigned, rebranded, and even filmed commercials for them. We have some creative people here, all on a mission to make a historically-important company speak to and meet the demands of the newest generations of Americans. If you care about financial justice for all, start by helping build a financial platform that makes financial planning more accessible to everyone.

Our Benefits:  

  • Highly competitive compensation, including annual bonus opportunities

  • Medical/Dental/Vision, 401 (k), and pension program

  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off

  • Extensive Professional Training Opportunities

  • Excellent Work/Life Balance

  • Hackathons/Commitment to Innovation

If in the office:  

  • Great in-office snacks  

  • Class-A Building in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District, including a bike room, and sweeping views of the Hudson

  • Extremely flexible hybrid work week


Grow your career with a best-in-class company that puts our client’s interests at the center of all we do. Get started now!

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.