Northwestern Mutual
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Milwaukee, WI, USA

Senior Director - Enterprise Architecture

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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.
As a leader on the Enterprise Architecture team, you will be responsible for working closely with delivery teams to define Northwestern Mutual's target state architecture and reference architecture. You will lead a team of enterprise architects and will collaborate with engineering leaders across the enterprise to identify our strategic architecture direction and chart a path to execute on this vision. You will collaborate with our enterprise partners to understand the current state and together chart the path toward the future state.
This is an outstanding opportunity to join a company of choice and enjoy the best of both worlds: the strong foundation and resources of a thriving organization built over more than 160 years, alongside a progressive, fast-paced IT team working with the latest and greatest technology.

  • Lead a team of enterprise architects and work effectively across organizational boundaries.
  • Work closely with the enterprise to define our target state architecture and strategy to support our business goals.
  • Drive the systematic advancement of our current state architecture towards the target state architecture through the definition of standards and transitional architectures.
  • Identify opportunities for platformization across the enterprise.
  • Build strong working relationships with architects and delivery leaders.
  • Establish clear performance goals for multiple teams/ADs, ensure objectives are aligned to organizational priorities.
  • Continuously prioritize and delegate work to the team, ensure effective process to keep ADs/teams/employees informed of changes as applicable.
  • Take responsibility for the team's results, make timely decisions to enable execution.
  • Communicate and collaborate with leadership chains to remove roadblocks and clarify goals & outcomes
  • Ensure close alignment between our application technology strategy and our enterprise technology strategy.
  • Accountable for the attraction, development and retention of team resources, and delegating/supporting team.
  • Serve as conduit to Human Resources in the event that situations require HR involvement, ensure both individual and organizations interests are safeguarded.• 10+ years experience in an individual contributor technology role, and 5 or more years in a technology management role.
  • Ability to collaborate and/or provide leadership in a larger group of technical/engineering leads and be accountable for driving efforts towards defined outcomes that align to business strategic goals.
  • Ability to synthesize complex technical initiatives to a broad array of audiences, including senior leadership.

Bring your best! What this role needs:

  • 10+ years of experience architecting, designing and developing large-scale application solutions.
  • Deep expertise in modern application and cloud technology required.
  • Proven ability to drive broad enterprise alignment and the successful implementation of impactful technology solutions.
  • Effective communicator with both technical and non-technical partners.
  • Skilled at influencing and working across organizational boundaries.
  • Experienced leader and mentor to engineers and architects.
  • Identify, develop, and provide visibility to high potential talent on your team.
  • Align recognition and differentiated rewards with performance.
  • Connect your team's work to enterprise priorities, creating linkage between organizational goals and how your team is helping to drive them.
  • Build an Inclusive Culture where employees contribute their best work, collaborate and respect diverse perspectives to drive performance.

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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.
Grow your career with a best-in-class company that puts our client's interests at the center of all we do. Get started now!
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
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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