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VP - Business Resiliency & Risk

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

About the role?

As the Vice President of Business Resiliency & Risk, you will lead the implementation, governance, and maintenance of the company's comprehensive enterprise business resiliency program, including advancing the strategic vision for the program. This role will also be responsible for working with the ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) team to accelerate the maturation of the company's ERM for non-financial risks, bringing a perspective that bridges risk and resiliency while helping to lead coordination efforts with non-financial risk partners across the organization.

Your proven leadership will drive the direction and build an effective collaborative environment for the program, ensuring the organization's Business Continuity Management Framework and related components align with regulatory requirements, industry-standard methodologies, and the ERM framework.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead and define the business continuity management program and advise appropriate committees and senior leaders on the organization’s resiliency efforts.

  • Collaborate closely with the technology organization, including disaster recovery and cyber security teams to ensure risks are identified and considered in the development and execution of strategic priorities.

  • Provide governance and oversight for enterprise crisis management, including by maintaining enterprise policies, coordinating crisis management exercises with relevant teams and establishing effective relationships with cross-functional business leaders accountable for implementing crisis management plans (Technology, Cybersecurity, Workplace/People).

  • Develop and maintain an enterprise-wide risk-based framework to identify, assess and mitigate a broad range of threats before they disrupt business operations.

  • Guide development of and facilitate adherence to the organization’s business continuity and resilience risk appetite and tolerances.

  • Establish KRIs and implement effective monitoring of performance relative to goals and reporting to senior management and the Board, including plans to address gaps.

  • Guide enterprise understanding of the relationship between risk and resilience and support the ongoing maturation of ERM for non-financial risks, including by coordinating with enterprise risk partners on non-financial risk efforts.

  • Integrate and maintain strong collaboration, partnership, and influence with Technology, Information & Cyber Security, Privacy, HR, Law, Disaster Recovery, Safety & Security, Facility Management, and other enterprise partners.

  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and collaborates with regulators regarding the resiliency programs.


  • Bachelor's Degree in business or a related field is required.

  • Minimum 10 years of dynamically responsible enterprise resiliency and people leadership experience within a large (Fortune 100) company.

  • Expert, innovative knowledge of enterprise-level Business Continuity Planning, Crisis Management, and corporate Disaster Recovery programs.

  • Strong working knowledge of BCP and DR within Technology and Cyber Operations, with an established track record of effective partnership with Technology and Cyber teams.

  • Solid understanding and experience with enterprise risk management and non-financial risk management, integrating the Business Continuity program and organizational resiliency within the broader enterprise framework.

  • Develop, build, mentor, empower, engage, and lead outstanding enterprise resiliency program team.

  • Strong track record to develop and complete critical initiatives that align with corporate vision.

  • Proven track record to lead large-scale cross-functional teams and projects and influence without formal authority.

  • Strong communication, negotiation, administrative and leadership skills with all levels of management and across all product lines, entities, and the field in a matrixed environment.

  • Strong problem solving and strategic, critical thinking skills.

  • CBCP and CISSP credentials preferred.



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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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