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Senior Storage & Backup Systems Engineer

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

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

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

We are seeking a Senior Storage & Backup Systems Engineer to join our Infrastructure & Cloud Services division! This person will work closely with key infrastructure, business partners, vendors and security teams to maintain reliable, secure and efficient enterprise storage, backup and restore capabilities. A successful candidate will have a solid understanding of enterprise backup and general storage technologies as well as automation tools and standard methodologies. This position will provide technical leadership and support to other members of the team.


  • Support third party vendor backup software and storage hardware, including configuration, upgrades, patches, improvement, etc.
  • Solid understanding of cloud based storage & backup technologies
  • Apply engineering standard methodologies in-order-to analyze, develop, deploy and support backup and data protection solutions
  • Apply automation and scripting solutions to drive towards zero-touch infrastructure management
  • Act as a technical advisor and domain specialist for internal partners
  • Closely follow industry trends relevant to your domain and understand how to apply them to your work as appropriate
  • Participate in on-call rotation with other engineering and support team members
  • Able to move between diverse tasks and roles with cooperation and persistence, helping to bring out the best in those around you for your user’s experience
  • Exhibits the following competencies: accountable for high quality, value driven work that drives business outcomes; places the user in the center of decision making, teams up and collaborates for speed, agility, and innovation; embraces continuous learning, is curious, accepts ambiguity, voices opinions; and takes personal accountability

Cumulative of prior level plus following:

  • Develop, maintain and fulfill disaster recovery / redundancy strategies
  • Become an expert of one or more technology Domains
  • Partnering with vendors and enterprise teams on emerging best strategies, patterns and technology
  • Proactively learn emerging platforms and related technology
  • Ability to solve complex technical issues and enable/teach peers to be self sufficient
  • Establish and maintain efficient strategies as it relates to compliance, security, privacy and legal requirements
  • Anticipate deviations from standard practices and find practical ways to move forward
  • Break down complex problems into smaller, more manageable ones, and help others to do the same
  • Understand what tools are available and useful for your domain, how they work, and the sorts of situations and problems for which they're useful. Use them effectively and teach them to your teammates.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
  • 4-5 years professional experience

5 years of proven experience in the following:

  • Professional IT
  • At least one OS/hosting platform
  • Performance tuning of application stacks
  • Virtualization and containerization
  • Scripting development
  • Networking knowledge
  • Monitoring and performance management of systems
  • One of the following (AWS, Kubernetes, Linux, Windows) administration and configuration

3 years of proven experience in the following:

  • Cloud based PaaS and SaaS. platforms and integration points to On Prem infrastructure
  • Identity Platform and tools
  • Modern development and scripting languages.
  • CICD concepts, and tools, branching strategies and maximising knowledge to assist in delivering an infrastructure as a product
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills within area of expertise, and solid troubleshooting in adjacent domains
  • Solid understanding of traditional or cloud computing technologies including Networking, Compute, Storage, Development, Data, Operations, or Security
  • Experience with multiple delivery methodologies such as Agile and Waterfall.

Skills-Proficiency Level:

Agile Methodologies - Intermediate

Application Performance Management - Advanced

Application Platforms - Intermediate

Client Communications - Advanced

Cloud Technologies - Intermediate

Containerization - Intermediate

Continuous Learning - Expert

Data Modeling - Advanced

Domain Development - Intermediate

Engineering Practices - Intermediate

Enterprise Solutions Architecture - Intermediate

Infrastructure Automation - Advanced

Infrastructure Development - Advanced

Monitor System Performance - Intermediate

Negotiation - Intermediate

Network Operations - Intermediate

Programming Languages - Advanced

SaaS Platforms - Intermediate

Script Development - Advanced

Scripting Languages - Intermediate

Critical Thinking - Intermediate

Technical Communication - Advanced

Technical Solution Development - Intermediate

Technology Change Management - Advanced

Technology Roadmap - Basic

Troubleshooting - Advanced

Vendor Management - Basic

Virtualization - Intermediate

Waterfall Model - Intermediate


  • 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, and more!


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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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