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

Senior Director of Enterprise and Cloud Data Services

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Employer Provided Salary: $143,360-$266,240 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.
What is this role?
The Senior Director of Enterprise and Cloud Data Services is a senior leadership role responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, management, and execution of data engineering initiatives within the infrastructure organization.
We are seeking candidates with a dynamic and innovative approach towards harnessing generative AI to revolutionize the data space and drive transformative outcomes.
This position's primary role will be to drive innovation, optimize data engineering processes, and drive efficiency.
Key Responsibilities: Strategy and Leadership:

  • Develop and implement a clear vision and strategy for infrastructure data organization (Architecture, Engineering and day-2 Ops) aligned with organizational goals and objectives
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and mentorship to the team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement
  • Recruit, hire, train and retain a strong engineering team, promoting a culture of excellence, accountability, and continuous learning
  • Oversee the design, implementation and maintenance of scalable and robust data infrastructure systems including databases, data warehouses, data movement and reporting tools.
  • Ensure data availability, integrity, and security across all infrastructure components, adhering to industry best practices and compliance requirements.
  • Monitor and optimize data infrastructure performance, identifying opportunities for enhancement and addressing any issues or bottlenecks. Continuous improvement and Innovation:
  • Stay up to date with the latest trends, technologies and best practices in data engineering and infrastructure management
  • Drive innovation and identify opportunities for process optimization, automation and the adoption of new tools and technologies to improve data engineering efficiency and effectiveness in Vendor management:
  • Evaluate, select, and manage relationships with external vendors, contractors, and technology partners to ensure efficient delivery of data engineering solutions and services.

Experience required:
The successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, be a self-starter, and able to be highly productive in a dynamic, collaborative environment. The ideal candidate will have the following experience / knowledge / ability:

  • Ability to work Hybrid Model in either the Milwaukee office (Monday/Tuesday / Wednesday) or in the NYC office (Thursday+ 1 other day AND 25% travel to Milwaukee)
  • 15+ years in data platform engineering, infrastructure management or related roles, with at least 8 years in a senior leadership capacity
  • Strong technical expertise in database and data engineering tools, technologies, and platforms (datawarehouses, datalakes/lakehouses, BI and reporting tools, ETL and CDC tools besides commodity DB platforms - SQL/MySQL, PostgreSQL, DB2, Sybase, MongoDB etc)
  • Strong understanding of cloud-based data technologies (AWS, Azure), data engineering frameworks and tools and experience with containerization and orchestration
  • Excellent critical thinking, verbal, and written communication skills. Ability to communicate with senior levels of the organization
  • Familiarity of data governance, data security and regulatory compliance frameworks
  • Experience working in a fast paced, dynamic environment with the ability to manage multiple priorities effectively
  • Advanced Degree Preferred
  • Bachelor's Degree - Computer Science, Engineering

Our Benefits!

  • Highly competitive compensation, including annual bonus opportunities
  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans, 401(k), pension program
  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off
  • Extensive Professional Training Opportunities
  • Excellent Work/Life Balance

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

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