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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 Actuarial Software Engineering team at Northwestern Mutual is responsible for creating and improving systems that ensure the company can meet its financial obligations to its customers, employees, and field representatives.  These systems are financial in nature, centered on risk products and benefit plans, and based on the professional knowledge of the actuary.  The applications are varied, generally are mathematical in nature, and involve working in close partnerships with technical peers and actuarial business experts.  The assignment will be on an agile team developing a web application. This web application will maintain data to be integrated with other applications supported by the Actuarial Software Engineering team. You’ll be part of a team that plays a crucial role in ensuring this great company continues to do great things for its customers.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with subject matter experts and technical peers to translate business needs into software engineering projects

  • Leverage technical experience to develop, create, and implement software changes that meet business needs

  • Provide guidance and leadership to less experienced software engineers

  • Strive to continually improve our core systems, with a focus on delivering excellence to the business experts who rely on your work

  • Multiply the talent of your teammates by sharing your experiences and learnings and fostering a positive team focused atmosphere


  • Bachelor's Degree in technical field, or equivalent experience

  • 4 - 5 years of professional experience in a software engineering or application development role

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

  • Experience developing solutions using agile methods, with a focus on client needs

  • Capable of communicating well with technical peers and business side experts

  • Ability to perform peer reviews on design and resulting code

  • Solid understanding of system design patterns and architectural concepts

Technical Skills:

  • Strong working knowledge of React, JavaScript, NodeJS.

  • Experience developing solutions using agile methodologies

  • Knowledge of HTML5 and CSS frameworks.

  • Familiar with functional components, hooks, Redux, Jest and Enzyme.

  • Experience with DevOps and Git.

  • Relational and non-relational database knowledge and experience.

  • Experience with Postgres, Dynamodb, Entity Frameworks and .Net Core.

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to effectively communicate technical topics to both technical teams and non-technical teams


  • 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.


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