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Senior Data Engineer

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

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

As a Sr. Data Engineer within Core Data & Analytics, you will apply engineering standard methodologies in order to analyze, design, develop, deploy and support software solutions! There are a multitude of projects the team works on including supporting a Unified Data Platform for Northwestern Mutual. We are searching for a motivated individual who can help maintain as well as complete new features.

The Sr. Data Engineer will develop software using continuous deployment and integration practices while participating in an Agile implementation and maintenance of source control and release procedures.

Our team is highly collaborative, so this resource will participate in code reviews and feedback to the team.

Contributing to a collaborative work environment in which all team members are respected regardless of their individual differences and are motivated to improve both their individual and team contribution are keys to this role!

Members are also expected to identify data quality issues and their root causes along with proposing fixes and design data audits.


  • Bachelor's Degree & 4-5 years of professional experience.

  • At least 4 years of professional software engineering, debugging, analysis, and software documentation experience.

  • Code Knowledge: Python, JVM (Java, Scala),Apache Spark, SQL.

  • Experience with Agile methodologies/DevOps environment.

  • Basic understanding of database structures, theories, principles, and practices.

  • Understanding of Data Quality and Data Concepts.

  • Basic understanding of Data Integration Patterns and Tooling including ELT/ETL, EII, Replication, Event Streaming, and Virtualization to support batch and real-time data needs.

  • Has or develops understanding of 4-6 subject areas/domains of data.

  • Proficient craftsperson on Software and Quality Standards.

  • Sophisticated programming skills.

  • Ability to explain technical solutions to technical teams.

  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction.

  • Exceptional analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving skills.

Skills-Proficiency Level:

Agile Methodologies - Intermediate

Application Platforms - Intermediate

Data Auditing - Intermediate

Data Integrity - Intermediate

Data Privacy - Intermediate

Data Quality - Basic

Data Solutions - Basic

DevOps - Intermediate

Domain Expertise - Intermediate

Engineering Practices - Intermediate

Information Modeling - Basic

Integration Patterns - Basic

Programming Languages - Intermediate

Root Cause Analysis - Intermediate

Software Debugging - Intermediate

Software Documentation - Intermediate

Software Engineering - Intermediate

Critical Thinking - Intermediate

Technical Communication - Intermediate

Written Communication - Advanced


This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Required Certifications:

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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.


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.