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Northwestern Mutual
Start-Up Vibes with The Stability of an Established Company.
Milwaukee, WI
Hybrid

Lead Product Manager, Technology Platforms at Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee, WI)

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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.
Will consider remote for specific locations-Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; or Dallas, TX
Onsite/Hybrid in Milwaukee/New York
What's the role?
At Northwestern Mutual, we're changing the way people think about financial planning with the scale of a Fortune 100 company. We're redefining and disrupting the industry and changing people's financial lives with better experiences and better technology. We believe in building inclusive, and diverse workplaces, where every voice is heard. Come help us build for the future.
As Lead Product Manager you will own the product strategy and delivery for multiple technical capabilities on our proprietary digital experience platform. You are tasked with providing a digital foundation used by a broad range of applications across multiple user channels and spanning several business lines. Your focus will be on connecting user experiences by building repeatable integration patterns and creating broadly leveraged platform services. You will accelerate application development by building out a Design System, UI Toolkit, and API catalog, and you will enforce rigid platform up-time and performance metrics. Your influence will be broad across the enterprise and you will need to influence Software Engineers, Designers, Technology Vendors, and Business Partners using an agile framework to deliver user value and drive business outcomes. The ideal person will be someone who can operate in strategic initiatives and deliver tactically while demonstrating strong analytical skills. For the right candidate, this role presents an opportunity to build game-changing technology for Northwestern Mutual's Financial Advisors and Clients.
Responsibilities:
  • Set product strategy and influence acceptance and adoption of that strategy across enterprise Technology Teams (both product and engineering)
  • Manage the product line life cycle from the strategic planning to tactical initiatives for both vended and custom solutions.
  • Evaluate and select the right technologies that provide both velocity, developer productivity and stability for the business
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with business partners including engineering, marketing, design, and sales to allow for the smooth and efficient flow of product activities.
  • Exhibits the following competencies: Strives to be a thought leader, accountable for high quality, value driven work that drives business outcomes; places the user in the center of decision making, teams up and collaborates for speed, agility, and innovation; embraces continuous learning, is curious, embraces ambiguity, voices opinions; and takes personal accountability.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:
  • 7+ years relevant experience; preferably in a platform software development organization, implementing platform technology for Financial Advisors and Clients
  • Hands-on experience in the development of containerized applications and services with expertise in creating highly performing backend applications and delightful user interfaces
  • Validated experience with design patterns, APIs, web service technologies, applications, and application ecosystems
  • Extensive Experience with web services standards and related technologies (HTTP, XML, JSON, REST, SOAP, WS*) and authentication methods such as OAuth and SAML. Deep understanding of application architecture concepts
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Experience implementing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery Tools (CI/CD)
  • Proven track record of launching common components for both internal consumption and for 3rd parties/clients.
  • Proven ability to use both qualitative and quantitative data to back up assumptions and develop business cases.
  • Experience with and embraces Lean-Agile principles/DevOps environment.
  • Excellent customer experience intuition; demonstrated success in inventing creative and user-friendly products.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field required, Master's degree preferred.

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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. 

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
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
401(K)
Northwestern Mutual offers a pension plan for employees.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
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

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

Software Engineer

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

Senior Cybersecurity Engineer

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

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