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Senior Backup Systems Engineer

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

We are seeking a Senior Backup Systems Engineer to join our Infrastructure & Cloud Services division. This position will work closely with key infrastructure, business partners, vendors and security teams to maintain reliable, secure and efficient enterprise backup and restore capabilities. A successful candidate will have a solid understanding of enterprise backup and general storage technologies as well as automation tools and standard methodologies. This position will provide technical leadership and support to other members of the team.


  • Support third party vendor backup software and storage hardware, including configuration, upgrades, patches, enhancement, etc.

  • Apply engineering standard methodologies in-order-to analyze, develop, deploy and support backup and data protection solutions.

  • Establish and maintain standard methodologies as it relates to operations, compliance, security, privacy and legal requirements

  • Apply automation and scripting solutions to drive towards zero-touch infrastructure management.

  • Act as a technical advisor and domain specialist for internal partners

  • Closely follow industry trends relevant to your domain and understand how to apply them to your work as appropriate.

  • Participate in on-call rotation with other engineering and support team members

  • Able to move between diverse tasks and roles with cooperation and persistence, helping to bring out the best in those around you for your user’s experience.

  • Exhibits the following competencies: 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • 5+ years of professional experience building and maintaining enterprise data protection solutions

  • Experience with Netbackup and/or EMC storage highly desired. Other storage experience is a plus.

  • Hands-on experience with automation and configuration management tools including GIT, Ansible and one or more scripting languages

  • Working knowledge of VMware, Windows, Linux and AIX operating systems. General knowledge of SQL, DB2, Sybase and Oracle a plus

If this role is of interest, we would love to hear from you!


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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