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Senior Software Engineer (Mainframe focus)

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

To support our growing team, we are looking for a Senior Software Engineer with a Mainframe focus.

We need someone that loves to write elegant code but more than that, is passionate about making things work. We are seeking a coder who is eager to grow but already sees things through the eyes of an architect and someone who keeps the big picture in mind no matter the task. We need a developer that always codes with performance, scalability, and concurrency in mind.

You will be working on the systems that provide the future visions of the client experiences for Northwestern Mutual. Our team provides the core client data for the enterprise and is experiencing growth and focus around maturing our core data platforms. We need engineers who can help us mature our space and take our APIs and services to the next level.


  • Fast learner and self-starter. The people you will work with are incredibly kind and extremely willing to share knowledge and a helping hand, but you have to be willing to take ownership of the outlined goals and make things happen.

  • Technical, must enjoy rolling up yours sleeves above and beyond the Mainframe platform.

  • Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision, yet actively interact with other team members in person or over the Internet (chat, video conference, email).

  • Work collaboratively on creative solutions with engineers, product managers and designers in an agile like environment.

  • Bring new ideas and new ways of solving problems to the team.

Education / Professional Experience

  • Bachelor's or Associate degree in Computer Science or a related field.

  • More than 6 years of application development experience in PL/I, DB2, JCL.

  • More than 2 years of experience building online CICS services and integrating them with distributed applications.

  • Experience working within Agile framework (Scrum, Kanban)

  • Experience with REST / SOAP services and clients.

  • Experience with Change Man for source code management.


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.