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Software Engineering Manager

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

As a Software Engineering Manager on the Illustrations team, you'll lead a team responsible for generating the output for sales illustrations and adding business features to software used by our financial representatives.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical leadership to the software engineering team by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to the team in alignment with objectives established by senior leadership.

  • Ensures a high standard of reliability, performance, and production stability in applications and services owned and supported by the team.

  • Contributes to refinement of features allocated to the team, as well as solution definition and decomposition into stories for the team.

  • Manages the team's focus to overcome challenges and ensures features are completed and deployed by dates committed to in quarterly Program Increment (PI) planning.

  • Partners with peer managers and engineering leads across Illustrations to avoid silos and achieve outcomes optimized for the larger engineering team and needs of the business.

  • Establishes, aggregates, and shares team standards for best practices across the department.

  • Promotes engagement and an inclusive culture within the team, models company values and behaviors, and encourages collaboration and respect for diverse perspectives.

  • Mentors and coaches team members both technically and professionally by identifying and providing opportunities for continuous growth.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

  • 5+ years of experience working with modern software engineering tools, languages, and practices.

  • 1-2 years of technical leadership experience (with or without direct reports)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Capable of effectively communicating between product, engineering, and business partners, including a proven ability to successfully communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences in various forms and levels of detail as needed.

  • Proven track record of successfully designing and delivering significant and impactful technology solutions.

  • Experience developing and leading solutions delivery using Agile methodology.

  • Experience with JavaScript, React, and AWS (or other cloud technologies).


  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off.

  • Highly competitive compensation that includes base salary plus bonus.

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



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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