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Talent Management Systems Administrator

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


Provides front-line support and expertise in Workday to an HR Center of Excellence (COE) and can act as an integrator leveraging business requirements and COE expertise. Ensures COE users, people leaders, and employees have a streamlined and seamless Workday experience. Represents and advocates for the needs of their COE, and will influence the design of our Workday system and ensure it supports the goals and objectives of their workstream.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Leads on-going innovation and continuous improvement in Workday related to COE business processes and workflows while maintaining system stability and providing an outstanding user experience.

  • Advocates for enhancements and updates for COE in Workday that support the achievement of the strategy leverage strong knowledge about the pain points of end-users.

  • Supports and drives COE processes in Workday.

  • Acts as the super user & first point of contact for end-users who need support or assistance in completing Workday tasks and processes that are aligned to the COE; independently troubleshoots end-user challenges with resolutions to Workday processes and quick resolution for straightforward end-user challenges or questions related to relevant Workday processes or functionality.

  • Responsible for the thorough testing and analysis of new Workday features and functionality and participates in release planning, accountable for regression testing, unit testing, User Acceptance testing and pre-launch testing / sign-off for new features or enhancements.

  • Creates and maintains clear, comprehensive, documented business requirements for requested changes, enhancements, or projects; accountable for articulating functional processes from beginning to end and providing thought leadership on functionality and design.

  • Engages and assists in driving Workday roadmap and strategy though regular touchpoints with Workday COE.

  • Represents Workday to COE as well as the COE to the HR Technology team.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in 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.

  • 6 years of previous experience in in processes and project management to include analysis, documentation.

  • Proven Workday functional expertise - an awareness of what Workday can and cannot do, familiarity with delivered functionality and reports, and experience performing straightforward administrative tasks in Workday (e.g. undoing tasks, manually advancing tasks, waiving requirements).

  • Substantial experience in COE being supported, including the ability to clearly articulate the key objectives, responsibilities, goals, and strategies of COE and how they intersect with broader HR strategy.

  • 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. Incumbent will fluidly share findings and new insights with peers through coaching and mentoring.

  • Be resourceful and have a knack for navigating challenges independently; have strong prioritization skills and good judgment.

  • Skilled integrator with at least 3-4 years of proven success driving implementation; creates creative technology solutions to match COE needs with business process and requirements.



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

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