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

Wealth Product Manager Lead at Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee, WI)

| Milwaukee, WI | Hybrid
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Job Description
At Northwestern Mutual, we're changing the way people think about financial planning with the scale of a Fortune 90 company. We're redefining and reinventing 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!
What's the role?
This position will lead the development and execution of the strategic direction and management of one or more Investment products! This position networks extensively with the home office, field, industry and business partner's specific to the product line. An initial focus of this role will be strategy and design work related to Northwestern Mutual's wealth management proposals which involves competitive research, advisor feedback and co-creation, technical feasibility, and business case development.
You will be able to work with a passionate team of engineers, designers, data scientists and financial experts to define product vision, strategy and deliver experiences that drive business outcomes.
  • Set Product Vision: Synthesizes field and customer feedback, industry trends, and competitor products to help set direction for product evolution that fits the investment approach. Handles escalations of advisor issues, research as needed, and respond appropriately.
  • Develop Roadmap: Use field, client, and industry insight, to recommend, craft and develop new products and features. Maintains co-creation with the field throughout the product development process. Define and track critical metrics for measure of success across multiple products and stakeholders.
  • Gather Requirements: Gather higher level, more sophisticated product requirements with a general understanding/knowledge of products in remit. Review and validate requirements gathered within team.
  • Defines Product: Using in-depth knowledge of technology platforms available for investment products. Assesses available offerings and make decisions on which parts of the technology platforms fit Northwestern Mutual products.
  • Drives profitability for assigned products via sales growth, net cash flow, sound product design and managed expenses. Directs implementation of product design changes to advisor compensation, client pricing, rates, and partnerships.
  • Design Partnership: Partner with design to ensure cohesive future state user visions and experiences are aligned through a one-year vision with an understanding of the Design process.
  • Author User Stories: Translate requirements to technical details to build and validate use cases and user stories around a product and communicate them effectively.
  • Feature Prioritization: Develop and maintain multiple prioritized backlog of user stories for implementation according to business value or return on investment.
  • Data & Customer Research: Inform product decisions with both qualitative and quantitative data on our behavior and experimentation.
  • Facilitates Ceremonies: Facilitate daily Scrums, Sprint Planning Meetings and Sprint Reviews and Retrospectives.
  • Responsible for partnering across the home office on regulatory issues impacting assigned products. Recommends changes to products, programs, or processes to maintain compliance.
  • May manage a team of individuals and is responsible for their growth and development

Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 6-8 Years of prior experience with at least 6 working in a Product Management Role, with agile team experience.
  • Knowledge Preferred: formal business analyst, engineering or testing experience, knowledge of the financial services industry, familiarity with BI tools, certification or experience with Product Owner or Scrum Master role, experience in leadership or mentorship of a team.
  • Proven experience within Wealth Management industry, including product, pricing, marketing, customer preferences, marketplace standards, broker-dealer offerings, future trends, and servicing
  • Previous experience demonstrated in cross functional work in along with strong communication skills, time management, project management skills, eye for business and high self-awareness/EQ.
  • Previous research experience, influence skills, initial leadership exposure, ability to translate product requirements into technical requirements, and work in ambiguity.
  • Solves unique problems with broad impact on the business; requires conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions.

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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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