Assistant Director of Software Engineering at Northwestern Mutual (Dallas, TX)

| Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
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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.
As an Assistant Director - Software Engineering on the Illustrations team, you'll lead multiple back-end engineering teams in delivering business features for a modern Cloud-based system used every day by advisors across the country to demonstrate the value of Northwestern Mutual and help our clients prosper.
Technologies We Use:
  • Node.js
  • C#.NET
  • GraphQL and REST
  • AWS

What You'll Do:
  • Lead engineering for the back end subsystems of the Illustrations system, including persistence, integration, and calculations services, as well as DevOps enablement and support for our prior generation desktop illustrations system.
  • Ensure a high standard of reliability, performance, and production stability.
  • Lead teams' focus to overcome challenges and ensure features can be successfully completed and deployed to meet commitments established in quarterly planning.
  • Establish, aggregate, and share standards and best practices.
  • Mentor and coach team members both technically and professionally by identifying and providing opportunities for continuous growth.
  • Partner with peers to avoid silos and achieve outcomes optimized for the larger engineering organization and needs of the business.
  • Promote engagement and an inclusive culture within the team, model company values and behaviors, and encourage collaboration and respect for diverse perspectives.
  • Measure and adapt to results through quantitative and qualitative measures of value, outcome, velocity, engagement, and satisfaction.
  • Lead people leaders as well as directly lead engineers.

What You'll Need:
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree, or equivalent experience.
  • 7+ years of experience working with modern software engineering tools, languages, and practices.
  • 2+ years of technical leadership experience with direct reports.

What We Hope You'll Bring:
  • Knowledge of C#.NET and JavaScript
  • Experience with GraphQL, REST, SQL and No-SQL databases, back end services, and web security concepts
  • Familiarity with DevOps, CI/CD and at least one Cloud provider (AWS, GCP, Azure, etc.)
  • Excellent leadership skills including people management, stakeholder management, communication, delegation, and negotiation skills.
  • Proven track record of successfully designing and delivering significant and impactful technology solutions.
  • Experience developing and leading solution delivery using Agile methodology.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences in varying forms and levels of detail.
  • Personal accountability, curiosity, passion for high quality, continuous learning, innovative thinking, and building up others.

  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off.
  • Highly competitive compensation that includes base salary plus bonus.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans, 401(k), pension program, and more!

This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.
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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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An Insider's view of Northwestern Mutual

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We’re not afraid to explore or experiment. Everyone has a voice. You can really make an impact—especially with a fresh perspective.

Kedasha Kerr

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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

NM has always been known for it’s culture. To this day, I have still not received a “no”, when asking a colleague for a lunch or coffee meeting. Networking was an invaluable part of my internship experience that allowed me to determine where I wanted to go within the Cyber Security domain.

Chester LeBron

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How does the company support your career growth?

I started as an intern and worked my way up. Northwestern Mutual made it so easy to network and learn, then they empowered me to go out and achieve.

Chris Coleman

Regional Financial Consultant

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
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Northwestern Mutual offers a pension plan for employees.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program

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