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Workday Project Manager

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

The Workday Systems & Programs Lead plays an integral role connecting HR COEs with our HR Technology (Workday) team. The S&P Lead is a relationship-builder who is deeply invested in the strategy and goals of the teams in their portfolios. A vital link between these two parties, the S&P Lead leads prioritization, requirements-gathering, change management, and the achievement of strategic HR objectives through technology and data. As a project manager, the person in this role will coordinate cross-functional teams across both short- and long-term projects to optimize Workday configuration and empower HR with the tools and resources to both perform and transform. As a consultant, the Systems & Programs Lead will review configuration and business processes to identify gaps and recommend solutions. This role uses business acuity, user experience data, customer feedback, and technical expertise to drive the optimized performance of Workday for a portfolio of HR teams.


  • Nurtured relationships with key HR partners to understand strategic roadmaps as well as emergent needs; management of both expectations and work to deliver solutions on time and within resource constraints.

  • Successful prioritization of large-scale COE-Workday projects, both within the COE and across COEs, aligned to overall HR strategy. Effective prioritization of work on ad hoc requests, logged defects, needed reports, and security/access tickets.

  • Optimized configuration and smooth operation of Workday, within assigned modules. Expert analysis of configuration in comparison to desired functionality, with diagnosed gaps, roadblocks, and inefficiencies.

  • Clear and detailed documentation of functional requirements, creation of project plans, management of testing plans, organizational change and socialization initiatives.

  • An accountable and flexible project management approach that ensures the key issues of cost, time, scope and above all, client satisfaction, can be realized.

  • Clarity on definition of success. Explains information and persuades others; optimally interacts, negotiates and influences project teams and business partners towards solutions and results.

  • Partner alignment. Acts as a liaison to facilitate an understanding and partnership between business clients. Owns the resources and vendors assigned to their projects by verifying progress and removing obstacles.


  • Experience in one or more HR subject areas (e.g. Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Compensation, Time and Attendance, Core HR, etc.) to provide expertise and context on functional standard methodologies

  • Experience in Workday system configuration, at least at a Functional Admin level, in order to advise partners on Workday capabilities, limitations, and delivered functionality

  • Ability to translate functional requirements to technical language and vice versa. Experience facilitating discussions to bring technical and functional groups to consensus and common understanding.

  • Experience solving configuration and integration issues through root-cause analysis, deep understanding of cross-stream and down-stream impacts, and independent testing

  • A need to get things done, a proven drive, ownership, and accountability; organization and project management skills

  • Strong “storytelling” skills with ability to demonstrate, influence and negotiate.

  • Resourcefulness and a knack for navigating challenges independently; the ability to handle conflict and difficult partners, strong prioritization skills, and excellent customer-service orientation

On the HR Technology team, we love all things data, tools, and processes. We prioritize the user and customer experience. We use data to guide and inform our business decisions while remaining open to experimentation and iteration. Unsatisfied with what is, we are continuously questioning if something could be better, embracing diverse and entrepreneurial thought processes. We believe in encouraging a positive working environment of empowerment, inclusion, and engagement while coaching and mentoring new leaders within the organization.

Northwestern Mutual is an equal opportunity employer, committed to an inclusive work environment. We are dedicated to offering reasonable accommodation during the application and interview process. Please share your needs with your recruiter. We're here for you!

We offer health and vision benefits, 401k, flexible work schedules, an on-site concierge service, an on-site gym, and an on-site cafeteria.



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

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