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Senior Workday Reporting and Data Analyst

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

The Senior Workday Reporting and Data Analyst supports the organization by providing decision-makers with the information and insight they need to make business decisions. The person in this role will make an impact by creating and producing dashboards, forecasts, and reports, both in and out of Workday, to tell a story through data. By gathering and analyzing data from multiple internal and external sources, the Senior Data Analyst will produce impactful reports that show key performance indicators, identify areas of improvement, and display root-cause analysis of problems.

This role is part of the HR Technology team, rolling up to the Vice President of Strategic Workforce Planning, People Analytics, and HR Technology. On the HR Technology team, we love all things data, tools, and processes. We prioritize the user and customer experience. We use data to guide and inform our business decisions while remaining open to experimentation and iteration. Unsatisfied with what is, we are continuously questioning if something could be better, embracing diverse and entrepreneurial thought processes. We believe in encouraging a positive working environment of empowerment, inclusion, and engagement.

Outcomes driven by this role:

  • User-friendly deliverables (reports, dashboards, presentations, etc.) that translate detailed data, analysis, and insights into business-appropriate communication and recommendations

  • Consultation to partners on using data and insights to achieve their strategic goals; participation in cross-functional teams to analyze and tackle critical business challenges

  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis, identification of patterns and trends, and insights that support thoughtful decision-making

  • Forecasts, recommendations and both strategic and tactical plans driven by business data and market knowledge

  • New perspectives, creative problem solving, and inter-departmental connections that improve analytical capabilities and transform us from reactive to proactive

  • A prioritized project plan that incorporates feedback from HR users, employees, and people leaders around challenges and areas of opportunity. Clear and appropriate expectations for all partners on timelines to delivery.

  • A collaborative and informed team that ensures critical knowledge-sharing opportunities exist and information can be accessed on demand by all relevant partners.

Our most successful candidates will:

  • Have Workday Report Writing experience (creating Advanced, Composite, Matrix, and Trending reports; creating dashboards)

  • Feel a strong sense of personal accountability for high quality, value-driven work that supports business outcomes; places the user in the center of decision making; and prioritizes speed, agility and innovation in work.

  • Embrace continuous learning, curiosity, and ambiguity. They will fluidly share findings and new insights with peers through coaching and mentoring.

  • Have progressively more advanced experience in research and data analysis, application of statistical research techniques, or application development.

  • Have expertise in development and analytical tools such as SAS, SQL, MS Excel, SPSS, R or other tools, as well as visualization tools like PowerBI or Tableau.

  • Have a proven ability to gather information systematically; consider a broad range of issues and factors; grasp complexities and perceive relationships among problems or issues; and use accurate logic in analysis.

  • Take the initiative to independently craft and develop their own deliverables without relying solely on partner requests, generating new ideas and going beyond the status quo.

  • Be responsive to changing business needs, manage and prioritize concurrent assignments, and handle ambiguity with ease. They will have a strong customer orientation and a consistent record of hitting deadlines.

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.