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In partnership with HR Business Partners, the business unit’s Senior HR Leader, and HR Centers of Excellence, this role provides high quality leadership coaching support and consultation focused on the Talent Management Ecosystem and HR delivery to the business in all areas of HR. Consultation is focused on deeply understanding both company and business unit objectives, then leveraging HR expertise to add business value through creation and execution of talent plans. Act as project lead or swat team member for initiatives inside or outside the business unit supported. May participate in department leadership initiatives. May have additional responsibilities as a subject matter expert in a specific HR discipline, and accountability to COEs as liaison.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partners with business leadership and HR teams to effectively deliver HR processes and programs that drive business results, including but not limited to liaising with the employee relations team, performance development, engagement, retention, change leadership and transitions, individual and team development, compensation, diversity inclusion, and talent acquisition.
  • Provides trusted consultation to people leaders on developing and leading employees while bringing enterprise and outside-in business perspectives.
  • Continuously monitors employee and contingent data trends, performing regular and proactive analysis, deriving people insights to better inform or redirect business decisions or strategies. Being highly comfortable and confident with storytelling around data trends and insights is critical to success in this role, including effective and quality data visualization to support data insights narratives.
  • Leads and/or participates in projects and initiatives in HR and/or business areas to further deliver business results.
  • Facilitates people leader and employee training on various people and talent related topics. Responsible for escalation and feedback loops to HR Business Partners, Human Resource Centers of Expertise (including Employee Relations team) and Shared Operations.
  • Leverages data and analytics to inform business consultation and talent solutions. Applies data analysis skills and judgment to accurately interpret findings and to provide data insight-based approaches to the business.
  • Navigates multiple systems and programs including analytic tools, talent management and other HR systems (including Workday)
  • Manages multiple priorities, stakeholders and changing business and economic landscapes, flexing work approach and style to support highest priorities across the organization and within HR.
  • Continually develops skills to maximize value to the business and within the HR organization.


  • Bachelor's degree required in human resources, business or related field.
  • Stellar acumen with MS Excel, Powerpoint, particularly to perform data analysis, derive insights from said analysis, and craft data visualization from those insights for the consumption of executives.
  • An equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible work experience emphasizing data driven decision-making, communications, and professional development may be considered.
  • Minimum of 6 years of human resource experience in more than one HR discipline --ideally HR generalist experience-- with specific experience in at least three of the following: change leadership and transitions, compensation, performance development, employee relations, recruiting, talent management.
  • Demonstrated business acumen in a variety of business environments to include knowledge in practices, trends, current and possible future policies.
  • Proven track record of exceptional consulting, project management, analytical and organizational skills with the ability to independently set priorities and carry out multiple, diverse assignments within time deadlines required.
  • Engages in and models courageous and constructive dialogue; confidence to offer a new and potentially challenging idea to foster conversation and critical thinking; ability to deliver difficult / complex messages and help others understand multiple points of view.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond quickly and creatively to change and shifting, sometimes competing, priorities. Comfort operating through risk and uncertainty in a high-volume work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively perform within a matrixed environment.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills and the ability to build rapport with all staff levels required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to lead/influence people and groups over whom there is no direct authority.
  • Effective conflict management skills
  • Flexibility and good judgment.
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a sensitive manner required.
  • Masters Degree in Business Administration or Human Resources

Skills-Proficiency Level:

Data Analysis – Intermediate

Compensation Management - Advanced
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) - Intermediate
Employee Communications - Advanced
Engagement Strategies - Basic
Human Resource Information System (HRIS) - Advanced
Labor Regulations - Intermediate
New Hire Onboarding - Intermediate
Organizational Design - Basic
Performance Management - Advanced
Talent Acquisition - Basic
Talent Management - Intermediate
Training Delivery – Advanced


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Northwestern Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additiona l information relating to location-based pay structures.

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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.