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Senior Experience Designer, Design System (remote friendly)

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

Our Mission:

Northwestern Mutual has 160 years of history providing financial security to millions of people. Continuing that tradition means changing to meet the needs of our clients and financial advisors. We are a strong, innovative, and growing company that invests in people who care and make a positive impact. The Design team leads the way by creating human, simple, and engaging products to help people plan, track, and protect their financial goals.

What's the role

A Senior Experience Designer on the system team brings order to chaos and defines large patterns with small tweaks. By focusing on consistent, thorough execution they improve the work of all designers. This role may flex from tactical component design, to implementing larger patterns that meet the broad needs of varied internal and external products at Northwestern Mutual. In addition to component design and production, the role includes outreach with designers to publicize updates to the design system and to identify design needs and use cases.

We are leading a major digital transformation, and our designers can expect to play a critical part in driving our organization’s total success by applying researched-derived insights through applied critical & creative process, and detailed & principled design.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Create and refine a design system to facilitate a unified experience for all Northwestern Mutual products

  • Use an iterative process, working closely with design and engineering counterparts to design, prototype, and validate design ideas

  • Create components, high fidelity prototypes, user guidelines, presentation decks, and concepts under specific direction from senior design staff

  • Document guidelines for using and implementing components

  • Develop tools and processes for designers and engineers to engage with the design system

  • Support users of the system through multiple forms of communication

Bring Your Best! What this role needs

  • You have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent

  • You have experience working on a diverse set of complex, highly transactional, data intensive digital products & services.

  • Demonstrate a well-rounded set of digital design skills with primary emphasis on system and interaction design and information architecture with secondary abilities in graphic/visual design and research.

  • Evince an enthusiasm for design systems and supporting designers and non-designers alike in using one.

  • You have worked creating and maintaining design systems used in an array of products and services.

  • Demonstrate ability to balance specific product needs into more broadly applicable components and patterns for multiple products.

  • You are an advocate for design process and methods, and have experience teaching non-designers how they can make use of them and gain value from their practice for themselves.

  • Responsive to direction and comfortable working with multiple people from different disciplines to achieve an outcome

  • You are strategic and outcome oriented and present your work based on a critical eye to the business.

  • You are not only proficient in relevant tools of the trade but explore tools & tooling to always be ready to switch to the next outstanding tool.

  • You use your communications and interpersonal skills to influence collaborators, as well as to clearly communicate requirements, requests, and responses.

  • Ability to travel quarterly.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in a regulated industry like financial/banking, insurance, and/or healthcare


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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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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.