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Senior Director Software Engineering

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

We are looking for a Senior Director to join our team who is an experienced thought leader to focus on providing overall strategic and executive leadership. This Senior Director of Engineering will be an experienced leader within Planning Experience (PX).

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: Delivery

  • Ensures timely delivery of business value through technology as negotiated with product and business

  • Mitigates Risk

  • Helps with Modernization efforts

  • Communicates and nurtures an engaging relationship with business stakeholders

  • Collaborates with technical partners (ex. Testing, support, design, product, security) to ensure timely and quality deliverables

  • Expectations/Guidelines

  • Leading through multiple engineering teams and their respective leads.

  • Growing engineering skill sets in others.

  • Ensures continuous improvement of Engineering capabilities

Prior Experience:

  • 5-7 year primary leadership role in delivering business outcomes and leading teams with direct reports

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and guide organization maturity

  • Demonstrated experience creating tech strategy

  • Strong communication skills at all levels – upwards and down

  • Strong understanding of architecture concepts, resilient application design, cloud technologies and automation; product focused.

Qualifications & Related Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required

  • Minimum 8 Years' Experience in Highly Technical Roles Covering Multiple Areas Required

  • Deep Hands-On Knowledge of Application Development, Operation and Support Practices

  • Deep Hands-On Knowledge of Either Web/Cloud/Web Service Based Technology, APIs Or DevOps Concepts; Appropriate Professional Designation Preferred; Prior Experience Leading/coaching/mentoring engineering teams

Special Skills Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent Decision-Making Capabilities

  • Excellent Organization, and Team Collaboration Skills

  • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Skills

  • Excellent Facilitation, Collaboration, Negotiation, and Presentation Skills; Comfort with Ambiguity, Frequent Change, Or Unpredictability

  • Strong Team Leadership Skills

  • Solid experience working with cross functional teams

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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.