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Senior Software Engineer

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

Northwestern Mutual (NM) has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for over 161 years. Through a distinctive, whole-picture planning approach including both insurance and investments, we empower people to be financially confident. We combine the expertise of our financial professionals with a personalized digital experience and leading-edge technology to best serve our clients. The Benefits Engineering team at Northwestern Mutual is responsible for improving and building systems that are focused on efficiently managing our claims processes and in doing that delivering a distinctive client experience.

As a Senior Software engineer on the Benefits Engineering team, you will be helping to drive our digital transformation and platform modernization efforts while managing the operational expectations of our existing platform. In doing that you will be helping to lead the architecture and direction of the benefits platform working with other engineers on the team, vendor consultants and other internal technical areas to design and deliver a modern claims management ecosystem.

Our team is looking for a full stack engineer with experience across UI design and development, good understanding, and experience with microservices architecture along with back end skills with exposure to building highly performant and resilient applications on the cloud. A Senior Software Engineer must possess a focused, get-things-done demeanor and be effective at working with little supervision and managing competing priorities.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead technical design and delivery for engineering scrum teams

  • Establishes, aggregates, and shares team standards and best practices within department.

  • Utilizes working relationships across teams within their division.

  • Assesses and provides solutions to system-wide architectural problems.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

  • 4-5 years professional experience required

  • 3-5+ years of experience working with modern engineering tools, languages and practices

  • Experience developing solutions using agile methods

  • Capable of communicating between product, engineering, and the business

  • Ability to perform peer reviews on code and design

  • Solid understanding of design patterns and architecture

  • Full Stack Engineer with well-rounded skills across front end and server-side programming including DevOps automation and experience with Cloud infrastructure, preferably AWS


  • Core Programming Skills – Java / Springboot / Springbatch, React / Redux, NodeJS, Javascript, Spring Cloud, Kafka, Cassandra/DynamoDB (NoSql), JSON

  • DevOps and Build Automation – GitLab CI / Jenkins, Maven, Gradle, Terraform

  • Cloud – AWS (S3, Lambda, RDS, EC2, KMS, IAM)


  • Object oriented design patterns, Microservices Architecture, Event Driven Frameworks and Service Oriented Architecture

  • Experience with API Management Frameworks

  • Experience with BPM - Flowable & Drools rules engine

  • Familiarity with both Batch and Real-time application patterns

  • Familiarity with Security Patterns/Frameworks like Secure SDLC, TLS and Secrets Management

  • Familiarity with Containers and Container Management (Docker / Kubernetes)


  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off

  • Highly competitive compensation that include base salary plus bonus

  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans, 401(k), pension program


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

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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.