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Sr Business Program Manager

  • Corporate & Business Initiatives
  • Franklin, WI Corporate

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

Provides program management expertise and consultation to business to meet department and cross department goals. Responsible for developing, maintaining, and revising program deliverables. Oversees business programs from initiation through rollout and ongoing program management. Accountable for driving programs with medium complexity.

Program Management includes leading multiple different projects within a program / portfolio which incorporate multiple larger initiatives and leading all aspects of programs / portfolios and initiatives which are ongoing.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Independently leads moderately sized, medium complexity programs and/or portfolios. Responsible for leading and handling business outcomes, scope, metrics, risks, program plan and implementation of people, process and technology in an underwriting operational space.

  • Ability to thrive and be flexible in an ambiguous and constantly evolving ecosystem

  • Assists in defining objectives to be accomplished by the program team and developing the program plan. Runs programs to ensure appropriate allocation of resources according to program objectives, specifications, deliverables, and changes.

  • Drives for transparency on program objectives, priorities, and measures. Takes a broad perspective to identify and recommend business solutions for program needs.

  • Develops strong relationships with business partners and SMEs to manage program business delivery expectations and implementation by verifying progress and removing obstacles.

  • Makes connections across teams to drive identification and managing of inter-dependencies.

  • Responsible for gathering and delivering metrics required by the program. Uses data to make successes and challenges transparent, and to drive insights and action plans to continually adjust and pursue program goals. Using tools and techniques to enable end-to-end value delivery and the best ongoing rollout and ongoing experience.

  • Builds and maintains strong depth and breadth of industry and company initiatives, products, etc in order to incorporate knowledge in to program objectives.

  • Understands the key business drivers as they relate to the programs. Conduct analysis to identify scope and nature of program deliverables; programs are intended to solve a department or business need.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in, Business, Project Management or related field preferred OR a significant amount of directly-related work experience beyond the minimum required for the position

  • Minimum 5 years of related experience to include project analysis, design, documentation, project/support management.

  • Ability to work with general direction to scope, plan and manage cross-department or multi-department programs

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage complex and multiple assignments.

  • Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

  • Seen as a teammate and is supportive of group decisions and ideas.

  • Written and oral communications skills with the ability to establish rapport within the company, field and /or outside vendors.

  • High degree of personal initiative and motivation.

  • Degree with a project management emphasis or PMI certification preferred

  • Experience with project methodology through project life cycle phases

  • Nice to Have: Understanding of Risk Insurance and the underwriting process.

Benefits:

  • Competitive base pay

  • 401K

  • Pension plan

  • Educational assistance

  • Performance based incentive pay

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance

  • Parental leave

  • Caregiver time off

  • ….and more

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 will offer reasonable accommodations

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