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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.

Northwestern Mutual Investment Products and Services (IPS)  is our company’s rapidly growing investment management business; building on our customers’ trust, IPS is a $235B AUM “startup”, driving change across the organization. Our Technology unit is leading the way in transforming how technology is designed and used. In IPS we are reinventing ourselves, reinforcing our core values while embracing modern practices and cutting-edge technologies, to enable our business to grow at an unprecedented rate. We are looking for great people to help drive this transformation and shape our future.

Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Engineering Manager is the leader of a technology team.  The team is responsible for developing and supporting microservices within an API Store so that internal consumers can consume and interact with investments data.  The team handles integration to third-party vendors and/or internal data stores as needed so that the back-end implementation is not exposed to the API consumers.  The team also develops and supports front-end applications used by various audiences such as our Field Force and Home Office resources.  Technologies used by the team include AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, JavaScript, and React.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Foster a culture which promotes engagement and inclusion amongst team members.  Become an organization that attracts and retains talent. 
  • Provide technical leadership to the team.  Understand the intricacies of the systems.  Provide technical guidance as needed.
  • Participate and assist with high-level design discussions.
  • Ability to be hands-on with the codebase.
  • Assess technical solutions being provided by engineers.  Ensure best practices and standards are followed.  Participate in code reviews as needed.
  • Focus on the big picture to ensure solutions are strategic and aligned with enterprise and department visions.
  • Ensure support processes are established, documented, and followed.
  • Understand cloud technologies and assist the team with those technologies.
  • Provide resources with feedback and career coaching.  Work with direct reports on development and career planning.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 4-5 years of total professional experience required
  • 3-5 years of hands on development experience with modern engineering tools, languages and practices
  • 1-2 years technical leadership with or without direct reports.
  • Proven track record of successfully crafting and delivering significant and impactful technology solutions.
  • Experience developing and leading solution delivery using agile methods.
  • Capable of communicating between product, engineering, and the business.
  • Ability to successfully communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences in varying forms and levels of details.
  • Strong collaboration skills to ensure the team is working together even when they are not co-located.

This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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