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

Resource Planning Scheduling & Forecasting Analyst - Remote

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Employer Provided Salary: 55,020-102,180 Annually
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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.
Accountable for creating accurate operational forecasts for volumes, average handle time, and shrinkage based on historical patterns and predictive analytics utilizing multiple forecasting techniques. Responsible to collect, validate and complete analysis on operational data to identify trends impacting operational performance and then develop shift plans to accomplish enterprise goals. Use statistical analysis to optimize staff levels at the interval level with the goal of balancing service levels and productivity.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a statistical forecast model for workload and staffing requirements, including forecast vs actual trends, and forecasting for trend changes due to seasonal variations and other operational variables
  • Utilize performance analytics tools to identify agent and volume behaviors for future forecast and schedule scenarios and recommend action items to drive efficiencies and improve workflow
  • Ensure governance and compliance for best in class standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to forecasting, scheduling, and performance analytics for front and back office business lines
  • Lead and manages processes for shift bids, vacation shift bids, time-off requests, and requests for overtime
  • Administer and maintain our Resource Planning software as it relates to forecasting and staffing
  • Create scenarios and presents comprehensive recommendations for strategic staffing solutions to ensure the operation has workforce in the right place and the right time.
  • Identify and communicate areas for continual improvement of service levels across the operation, recommending and initiating improvements necessary to attain expected targets
  • Review and analyze results and report on deviations from forecasts for data validation and root cause analysis.
  • Reviews and identifies trends or patterns of practices/activities that impact operational service level results.
  • Measure and provide hindsight analysis for forecast accuracy and scheduling efficiency used for operational planning.
  • Establish a regular cadence with business leaders to share insights/recommendations regarding volumes, average handle time, shrinkage, and shift plans.
  • Consults with business leaders to provide analysis and recommendations for exceptions, vacation requests, shifts and other activities that impact staffing plans.
  • Participate in assigned projects where intermediate level staffing analysis is required. Develops project deliverables for various enterprise scopes and provides project management support within Resource Planning.
  • Identifies, recommends and may lead process improvement initiatives.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in business, accounting, finance, statistics or economics, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years Workforce Management experience in forecasting, scheduling, and/or real-time command center.
  • Understanding of forecasting and value-maximization techniques
  • Advanced experience with WFM Software(s)
  • Strong understanding of Automatic Call Distribution (ACD) and/or Back-Office Work Routing platforms
  • Advanced Excel skills and experience in formulas, arrays, table formatting, conditional formatting, graphs, and pivot table reporting.
  • Must have a high degree of personal initiative and self-motivation.
  • Ability to be responsive to changing business needs, manage and prioritize concurrent assignments, and handle ambiguity.
  • Strong verbal and written skills with demonstrated ability to communicate complex and technical concepts in general terms to broad audiences.
  • Strong analytical abilities in decision making and problem solving.
  • Reporting, SQL, Database, etc. preferred.
  • Advanced in Scheduling techniques preferred.
  • Knowledge of Machine Learning Technology such as R &/or Python preferred.

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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 additiona l 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.
If you work or would be working in California, Colorado, New York City, Washington or outside of a Corporate location, please click here for information pertaining to compensation and benefits.
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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Candidate Location Eligibility:
Albuquerque, NM
Ann Arbor, MI
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Baton Rouge, LA
Birmingham, AL
Boise, ID
Boston, MA
Buffalo, NY
Charleston, SC
Charlotte, NC
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Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Colorado, CO
Columbus, OH
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Dayton, OH
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR
Greensboro, NC
Hampton Roads, VA
Hartford, CT
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Huntsville, AL
Indianapolis, IN
Jacksonville, FL
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Lexington, KY
Lincoln, NE
Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Madison, WI
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Other US Location
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Washington DC
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Wilmington, NC

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
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
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
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
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

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