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Sr. Director - Field Rewards Modernization Priority Lead

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At Northwestern Mutual, our vision is to deliver financial security to help our clients live their best lives by choice. A key pillar of our vision and success is our strong, vibrant sales force. This role sits within the Career Distribution (CD), which is at the forefront of working across the home office and sales force as one team to achieve the sales and growth objectives the company expects, while delivering the experience our distribution needs and deserves.

In this role, you will act as a Priority Lead for flagship multi-year initiative to streamline and modernize entire Field Compensation and Rewards framework and ecosystem. This includes driving the strategy and overall delivery roadmap; prioritizing the work in order to optimize and where possible accelerate business and field impact; aligning the work to support and enable other strategic initiatives like Advancing Advisor Practices, Elevate Field Experience and Field Mobility; and securing resources where needed to deliver expected outcomes across all workstreams.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:  

  • Accountable for the development of the field rewards modernization business strategy and roadmap, maintaining full alignment with key stakeholders both in the home office and with the field

  • Helps define overall FRM roadmap and business priorities

  • Ensures delivery on key business outcomes and commitments

  • Understands and articulates prioritization of work to deliver best outcomes and impact for the business and field

  • Synthesizes approach and maintains key stakeholders apprised of progress, risks and results throughout our Field Rewards Modernization (FRM) delivery journey

  • Responsible for anticipating and pursuing actions to address emerging business needs, optimizing results and elevating the field experience in the total rewards space

  • Accountable for managing and reporting on changes in scope, timeline and costs, and driving decision making and tradeoffs to deliver the work

  • Leads ongoing communication of overall project status to priority sponsor, key business stakeholders and Career Distribution senior leaders

  • Drives and communicates progress updates and next steps from the Epic Intake Process

  • Leads key initiatives like Program Simplification in partnership with the Field Rewards Design team

  • Leads updates at executive guiding calls and ensuring stakeholder engagement and alignment

  • Helps lead formulation of future business cases and secure funding approvals

  • Understands project costs and how they align with deliverables and outcomes


  • 10+ years of experience working in the insurance and investment services industry. Particular focus in the areas of field compensation and finances, insurance operations, sales reporting and awards preferred 
  • 5+ years of experience leading execution of highly complex multi-year strategies, preferably in the advisor compensation and rewards space or involving legacy systems modernization.
  • Bachelors degree with emphasis in business, finance or accounting or equivalent professional experience.
  • Extensive experience partnering with Product and technology teams, and aligning technical requirements with tangible business outcomes
  • Experience on the standards, policies and processes associated with risk and investment product field compensation, sales incentives and loan programs 
  • Extensive administrative experience with a high degree of people, project and process management competencies, including process transformation, automation, audit and controls
  • Demonstrated high level of organization skills and follow-through with the ability to effectively identify and independently establish priorities and meet deadlines on multiple assignments with high quality results. Strong problem solving and strategic/critical thinking skills 
  • Superior interpersonal skills to lead diverse groups of people, challenge the status quo and risk tolerance. Must demonstrate effective leadership and ability to influence others without authority
  • Demonstrated agility to work across organizational boundaries, take risks, influence, and collaborate with all levels on solutions that benefit the organization 
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills. Ability to deliver clear and objective messages and build rapport and cooperation across the field and organization, including members of our senior leadership team.
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams in developing and implementing new technology and operational processes and standards. 
  • High degree of self-motivation with leadership and initiative in sharing information, contributing towards group goals, and accepting responsibility for results. Demonstrated learning agility and outside-in perspective.
  • Pro-active and able to anticipate needs for a range of broad / complex business problems and staying ahead of them; 
  • Ability to effectively connect the dots and turn ambiguity into well defined strategies and tangible/attainable objectives and results



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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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