Northwestern Mutual
Start-Up Vibes with The Stability of a Fortune 100 Company.
Milwaukee, WI, USA

Sr Director, Data Architecture, EA

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At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.
We're strong and growing. In a company with such a long and storied history, this may be the most exciting and important time to be a part of Northwestern Mutual. We're strong, innovative and growing.
We invest in our people. We provide opportunities for employees to grow themselves, their career and in turn, our business.
We care. We make a positive difference in our communities. Nationally, thousands have benefitted from our support of research and programs to fight childhood cancer. Each year, our Foundation, employees and financial representatives donate time, talent and financial support to causes they're passionate about.
At Northwestern Mutual, we believe relationships are built on trust. That our lives and our work matter. These beliefs launched our company over 160 years ago. Today, they're just a few of the reasons why people choose to build careers at Northwestern Mutual!
What is the role?
As the leader of data architecture team, you will be responsible for defining the Northwestern Mutual's data architecture target state. You will lead a team of enterprise data architects and will collaborate with the Chief Data Officer's architecture team and the rest of the enterprise to identify our strategic architecture direction and chart of path to execute on this vision.
What you'll do:
Lead a team of enterprise data architects and work effectively across organizational boundaries.
Work closely with the data organization to define our target data architecture and strategy to support our business goals.
Help drive the systematic advancement of our current state data architecture towards the target state architecture through the definition of standards and transitional architectures.
Participate in the rationalization of data-related technologies across the enterprise.
Provide a low-friction path for the productization of AI/ML data science projects.
Support the advancement of best practices and core principles around data governance to enable alignment with long term objectives
Build strong working relationships with architects and delivery leaders.
Work closely with the application architecture team to ensure a cohesive target state.
Ensure close alignment between our data technology strategy and our enterprise technology strategy.
Advocate for adoption of modern data-centric technologies & techniques with teams across NM to improve access and quality of data.
What we're looking for:

  • 10+ years of experience architecting, designing and developing large-scale data solutions leveraging relational and non-relational technologies for both operational and analytical purposes.
  • Deep expertise in modern data and cloud technology required.
  • Experience driving technology modernization from on-prem to cloud strongly preferred.
  • Extensive data modeling experience with operational and analytical data stores.
  • Understanding of data governance principles and best practices, ability to apply a practical approach to driving data governance maturity.
  • Experience leveraging AI/ML models to drive recommendation engines or other data products.
  • Proven ability to drive broad enterprise alignment and the successful implementation of impactful technology solutions.
  • Passionate advocate for leveraging data solutions and practices to unlock business value.
  • Effective communicator with both technical and non-technical partners.
  • Skilled at influencing and working across organizational boundaries.
  • Experienced leader and mentor to engineers and architects.
  • Past expertise & experience in modernizing legacy data systems.

Our Benefits!
Collaborative team first environment
Tons of room for career growth.
We offer highly competitive compensation, including annual bonus opportunities
Medical/Dental/Vision plans, 401(k), pension program
We provide tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off
We provide extensive Professional Training Opportunities
We offer an excellent Work/Life Balance
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Northwestern Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.
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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.
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We're excited about the potential people bring to Northwestern Mutual. You can grow your career here while enjoying first-class perks, benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Flexible work schedules
  • Concierge service
  • Comprehensive benefits
  • Employee resource groups
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What are Northwestern Mutual Perks + Benefits

Northwestern Mutual Benefits Overview

Whether providing education assistance, competitive health benefits or time off for community service, Northwestern Mutual is committed to supporting employees so they can live their best lives. 

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Employee resource groups
Hybrid work model
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Northwestern Mutual offers a pension plan for employees.
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Fertility benefits
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Floating holidays
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Mother's room
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

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