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Senior Director – Strategic Communications (Strategy & Investments)

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 believe relationships are built on trust.  That our lives and our work matter. These beliefs launched our company over 160 years ago. Today, they're just a few of the reasons why people choose to build careers at Northwestern Mutual.

We're strong and growing.  In a company with such a long and storied history, this may be the most exciting and important time to be a part of Northwestern Mutual. We're strong, innovative and growing.

We invest in our people.  We provide opportunities for employees to grow themselves, their career and in turn, our business.

We care.  We make a positive difference in our communities. Nationally, thousands have benefitted from our support of research and programs to fight childhood cancer. Each year, our Foundation, employees and financial representatives donate time, talent and financial support to causes they're passionate about.

2021 was a historic year at Northwestern Mutual – one that saw our company achieve new levels of financial strength, client trust, employee engagement and media attention. And to surpass our record-setting results in 2022, we are making exciting, strategic investments in key areas of the enterprise – including our internal communications group – that will accelerate our strong momentum.

An essential ingredient to our sustained success will be Northwestern Mutual’s Senior Director – Strategic Communications (Strategy & Investments). Located in Milwaukee, WI, New York City, or remote and reporting to the Vice President, Strategic Communications, the Senior Director – Strategic Communications will own the development and direction of communication strategies helping to advance the company’s growing and successful wealth and investment management business. This key leader role will support the C-Suite leadership accountable for corporate strategy and the company retail and institutional investment business, which collectively handles $500B in assets. This communication leader and their team will partner with marketing and the company’s wealth and investment management business to drive communication messaging and activities across employee, field and external audiences, that is aligned to the company strategy/company narrative.

How you will do it:

  • Develop thought leadership opportunities to elevate the presence and value proposition of the company’s investment business to all audiences.

  • Create well-rounded messaging and associated content for internal and external audiences, including the Board of Trustees, Employees, Financial Advisors, as well as presentations at field meetings, field office visits and internal thought leadership events.

  • Lead a team of hard-working professionals (5+) to achieve the strategic outcomes for communications and the business.

  • Champion a collaborative network with other strategic communicators to ensure alignment and integration to strengthen and reinforce the company narrative across audiences.

  • Counsel senior executives and teams to inform strategy, decisions, and best position them to articulate a compelling company narrative.

  • Actively partner cross-functionally for message and priority alignment at various levels with home office, field, and client audiences.

  • Collaborate within the function and cross-functionally to align communication strategy with organizational change occurring within the business.

  • Identify communication opportunities and solutions and define and implement appropriate strategies to support them while also measuring and improving communication effectiveness.

Bring your best! What this role needs:

  • Deep strategic consulting and communications ability, with demonstrated expertise in supporting and enabling C-suite leaders in internal and external communications.

  • Beyond 10 years of experience in leading teams to drive integrated communications, marketing, program development, or strategic planning.

  • Proven leadership skills including organizational and strategic agility, enterprise and integrative thinking, business acumen, influence, and leading with vision and purpose.

  • Team leader who motivates and sets clear objectives and critical metrics to achieve set goals.

  • Validated ability to develop and deliver effective critical communication programs and executive communication including excellent writing skills.

  • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work effectively across organizational areas in a matrix environment.

  • Financial services and/or wealth management industry experience preferred and highly desirable.



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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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