Northern Trust
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Project Manager at Northern Trust (Chicago, IL)

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About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust, a Fortune 500 company, is a globally recognized, award-winning financial institution that has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Northern Trust is proud to provide innovative financial services and guidance to the world's most successful individuals, families, and institutions by remaining true to our enduring principles of service, expertise, and integrity. With more than 130 years of financial experience and over 22,000 partners, we serve the world's most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

We are searching for a Project Manager to join our team.

The role of Project manager is responsible for working on multiple projects of varying size and complexity in a concurrent manner within the Wealth Management BU. The Project Management function manages a BU project or program to successful outcome. This role is responsible for aligning resources, overseeing the budget (if applicable), creating project plans, tracking key milestones/risks/dependencies and facilitating working group discussions. This is the key coordinator to ensure activities are completed.

Important: This will be a hybrid rolewhich will be focused half on project management across the broader BU (with some specific focus on physical office network initiatives, such as new market entries, relocations, consolidations, etc.) and half on various Wealth Management fee related initiatives. The fee related work will entail both project management and business analyst type work (i.e., examples may include reviewing end to end processes and identifying areas of operational improvements, technology enhancements, documentation and maintenance of fee policy, fee strategy and fee resource issues).

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Works towards carrying out activities that vary in scope, cross-functional and more complex
  • Lead a variety of projects (predominantly process change and front-end business-focused initiatives) providing solid project leadership, governance and direction
  • Provides comprehensive, in-depth consulting and project leadership to team and partners at a high functional level
  • Operates independently, has in-depth knowledge of BU, specific area of expertise and strong knowledge in other areas
  • Strategic in developing, implementing and administering programs within functional areas
  • Demonstrates effective project leadership ability, including working with project sponsors, drafting proposals, writing detailed project plans and submitting for capital budgets (if applicable)
  • Conducts analysis and develops scope related to projects of varying complexity
  • Role entails interaction, coordination and execution across all facets of the business (i.e., front-office, middle-office, operations, IT, Risk, Legal, Compliance, etc.)
  • Prepares for project meetings, including producing agendas and meeting notes, as well as project communications and any other necessary administrative details to ensure success.
  • Understanding of budgetary impact to projects and actively works with key stakeholders to ensure projects are managed within resource constraints
  • Displays an appropriate sense of urgency and understanding of inherent project risk

The successful candidate will benefit from having:

Knowledge / Skills:

  • Excellent analytical, consultative, communication (oral and written) and judgement skills
  • In-depth functional / industry knowledge is strongly preferred
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to change
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects in concurrent manner
  • Motivated and self-driven individual with strong time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required for collaboration, negotiation and team building
  • Proficient with Microsoft applications (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Visio)


  • 3+ or more years of proven project management related experience is required
  • A college or university degree is preferred
  • Related industry knowledge in wealth management is preferred
  • Qualified candidates should demonstrate strong project management, with attention to detail and project deadlines.

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, greater achievements await. You will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture in an organization where financial strength and stability is an asset that emboldens us to explore new ideas.

Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company committed to assisting the communities we serve! Join a workplace with a greater purpose.

We'd love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world's most admired and sustainable companies! Build your career with us and apply today. #MadeForGreater

Reasonable accommodation

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Center at [email protected].

We hope you're excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us. We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.

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Apply today and talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.
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What are Northern Trust Perks + Benefits

Northern Trust Benefits Overview

Every full-time partner at Northern Trust has access to a wide variety of health, financial, and professional development benefits. We offer flexible work options, paid family leave and multiple paid volunteer days per year as part of our ongoing efforts to help partners balance a fulfilling career with a rich life outside of work.
From continuous learning opportunities to a popular mentorship program, we’re helping our partners identify—and pursue—their most ambitious career goals.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Some meals provided
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

At Northern Trust, we believe strong partnerships are the key to our success. Stronger partnerships don’t just feel better, they work better. They lead to more innovative ideas and better business outcomes. They foster collaboration, inclusion, and result in growth that serves everyone. We won’t ask you to pick between a dynamic career, a culture of care, or a work-life balance that works for you. Instead, we’ll work closely together to ensure you can achieve everything you want, without sacrificing the things that matter.

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