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Sr Software Engineer - Mainframe

Date: Nov 27, 2018

Location: Franklin, WI, 53132

At Northwestern Mutual, we believe relationships are built on trust. That our lives and our work matter. These beliefs launched our company nearly 160 years ago. Today, they're just a few of the reasons why people choose to build careers at Northwestern Mutual.

We're strong and growing. In a company with such a long and storied history, this may be the most exciting and important time to be a part of Northwestern Mutual. We're strong, innovative and growing.

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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.



  • Apply engineering best practices in-order-to analyze, design and develop deploy and support software solutions, and/or infrastructure implementations/upgrades to delight the end user.
  • Develop software and systems on test driven development and continuous integration practices; establish monitoring and automation processes.
  • Consult on right-sizing decisions, software solutions and services.
  • Writes code that establishes and enhances coding specifications for programs and systems with little or no precedent.  May develop technical "vision", design specifications of assign products and may lead implementation. Participates in developing technical and business approaches with new tools.
  • Has proven expertise in software design, architecture and software and system interrelationships.  Has expert knowledge of programming languages key to the organization and demonstrates independent judgement.
  • Able to move between diverse tasks and roles with cooperation and persistence, helping to bring out the best in those around you for your user’s experience.
  • Provide day-to-day mentoring and coaching to less experienced professionals.
  • Exhibits the following competencies: accountable for high quality, value driven work that drives business outcomes; places the user in the center of decision making, teams up and collaborates for speed, agility, and innovation; embraces continuous learning, is curious, embraces ambiguity, voices opinions; and takes personal accountability.



**Broad knowledge of current and emerging technology trends and direction.

  • Very strong and hands-on skills in PL/1, CICS, DB2, JCL IMS DB, VSAM, COBOL, ANSI SQL, MQ series, Host Scope.
  • Life and Annuity Insurance experience.
  • Prefer relevant experience with PL1 to help research and analyze existing mainframe system.
  • Strong communication (oral and written).
  • Able to articulate technical and business concepts effectively.
  • Take initiative and work with minimal supervision, yet actively interact with other team members in person or over the internet (slack, videoconference, email).
  • Able to bring new ideas and ways of solving problems to the team.
  • Passion around learning new technologies and developing additional skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills and able to work in teams to drive results.
  • Passionate about writing quality code that meets business needs.
  • Fast learner and self-starter.
  • Takes ownership of goals and make things happen.
  • Experience with engineering best practices to include analyzing, designing, developing, deploying and supporting software solutions, and/or infrastructure implementations/upgrades.
  • 6-8 years engineering experience or equivalent coursework and business knowledge in the area
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience with and embraces Lean-Agile principles/DevOps environment
  • Technical requirements/platforms will vary according to the role and must exhibits technical curiosity
  • Strong sense of ownership and the ability to work with a limited set of requirements
  • Ability to explain technical solutions to technical and non-technical team



  • LOMA Certifications
  • Agile Experience


Req ID: 24351
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Desired
Employment Experience: 3-5 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 11/19/2018