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Assistant Director, Talent & Organizational Development

Date: Dec 1, 2018

Location: Milwaukee, WI, 53202

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.

We invest in our people. We provide opportunities for employees to grow themselves, their career and in turn, our business.

We care.  We make a positive difference in our communities. Nationally, thousands have benefitted from our support of research and programs to fight childhood cancer. Each year, our Foundation, employees and financial representatives donate time, talent and financial support to causes they're passionate about.


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.


What's the role?

In this role, you will have the opportunity to provide thought leadership and industry best practices to Northwestern Mutual’s Talent Management and Organizational Development strategies in the areas of performance management, talent review and movement, succession planning, assessment, and organizational effectiveness and design. Via teamwork within the Talent Management team, and in partnership with multiple HR and business stakeholders, you will:

  • Drive the design, development, and execution of talent and organizational processes, tools, and technologies that support and evolve the company’s approach to performance management, talent review and movement, succession planning, Hi Po, assessment, and organizational effectiveness.
  • In partnership with HR Business Partners and Talent Managers, be a key contributor in large scale, cross organizational projects to address and improve organizational effectiveness, alignment and design.
  • Manage assigned projects including tracking and ensuring that:  projects are on track and on budget, communications, training, and change plans proactively address audience needs, and measurements and feedback loops are in place to determine successful accomplishment of desired outcomes.

This role is a great opportunity to be at center of an organization’s development and talent management function and provides you an opportunity to contribute your professional talent, organizational, and development expertise, while gaining insight and exposure into the full spectrum of initiatives, systems and processes that support our function.



Bring Your Best! What this role needs:


  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on Business, Organizational Development or Industrial/Organizational Psychology is required.  Master’s degree desirable.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of relevant work experience in organizational consulting/organizational effectiveness/performance consulting/business improvement role in progressively responsible roles in high performance companies.
  • In depth understanding of multiple areas of Talent & Organizational Development including organizational design, performance management, talent review, succession planning and/or assessment.
  • Strong analytical and research skills with proven ability to absorb complex information and independently solve problems in a dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to take an idea from conception to successful and sustainable execution.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with an ability to lead, manage, and collaborate in multiple and diverse projects. 
  • High degree of self-motivation with leadership and initiative in sharing information, contributing towards group goals, and accepting responsibility for results.



Req ID: 24367
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Master's Desired
Employment Experience: Match Any
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 12/01/2018