Sr Director Engineering
Franklin, WI 
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Job Description

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

The Sr. Director / Lead Architect is an experienced thought leader who will be focused on providing overall strategic and execution leadership for the Service Request Center group of applications.


  • Ensures timely delivery of business value through technology as negotiated with product and business
  • Communicates and nurtures an engaging relationship with business stakeholders
  • Collaborates with technical partners (ex. Testing, support, design, product, security) to ensure timely and quality deliverables
  • Ensures quality in system and technology products per FXE Engineering Expectations/Guidelines
  • Ensures continuous improvement of Engineering capabilities


  • Chief architect in defining roadmaps and executing on target architecture
  • Manages cost and outcomes of work efforts


  • Accountable for runtime health
  • Can speak to system runtime health on any given day


  • Fosters an engaging and healthy environment for engineers
  • Manages and mitigates staffing issues and risks
  • Guides engineers on learning and development plans
  • Nurtures a growth mindset for self and teams
  • Contributes to the NM technology brand internally and externally

Prior Experience

  • 2-5 year primary leadership role in delivering business outcomes and leading teams
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and guide organization maturity
  • Demonstrated experience creating tech strategy
  • Strong communication skills at all levels – upwards and down
  • Strong understanding of architecture concepts, resilient application design, cloud technologies and automation

Related Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • Minimum 8 Years' Experience in Highly Technical Roles Covering Multiple Areas Required
  • Deep Hands-On Knowledge of Application Development, Operation and Support Practices
  • Deep Hands-On Knowledge of Either Web/Cloud/Web Service Based Technology, APIs Or DevOps Concepts; Appropriate Professional Designation Preferred; Prior Experience Leading/coaching/mentoring engineering teams

Special Skills Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent Decision-Making Capabilities
  • Excellent Organization, and Team Collaboration Skills
  • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Excellent Facilitation, Collaboration, Negotiation, and Presentation Skills; Comfort with Ambiguity, Frequent Change, Or Unpredictability
  • Strong Team Leadership Skills
  • Solid experience working with cross functional teams

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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.

Req ID: 26716
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Desired
Employment Experience: 6-8 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 09/23/2019

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
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