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DevOps Engineer

Date: Aug 13, 2019

Location: Milwaukee, WI, 53202

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

To support our growing team, we are looking for a Software Engineer: You’re the right fit if you’re the best of the best and have yet to meet a problem you couldn’t solve, the kind of programmer that stays up late until you find that perfect bit of code that works. We need someone that loves to write elegant code but more than that, is passionate about making things work. We need a coder who’s eager to grow but already sees things through the eyes of an architect - someone who keeps the big picture in mind no matter the task. We need a developer that always codes with performance, scalability, and concurrency in mind. We need a hacker who reads code like a book and enjoys digging into unfamiliar source, and we’d love if you were someone who can debug another’s code as easily as you can debug your own.  We need an engineer who is not afraid to dive into shell scripts, config files and virtual machines and whatever else is needed.


This position involves work specifically around back end services development and systems within a cloud based environment, as well as work within Amazon Web Services (AWS) ecosystem providing infrastructure buildout, and other capabilities.


Your general milestones are as follows:


  • Within the first month – while working with engineers on the teams, be able to jump head-first into new applications and ask the appropriate questions / do the appropriate research to identify the general functions and behaviors of the system.  Begin contributing to minor backlog items.
  • Within three months – have proficient knowledge of the baseline applications and be able to take the reins around backlog items and appropriately spec and develop code to contribute directly to the GIT repositories.  Be able to dive into the overall application distribution architectures and navigate the cloud environments in which they run.
  • Within six months – be able to navigate the full stack of the applications and supporting components, contributing directly to engineering discussions that affect the current and future state of the applications.  Essentially, contributing to the team at your full capacity.




  • Fast learner and self-starter.  The people you will work with are incredibly kind and extremely willing to share knowledge and a helping hand, but you have to be willing to take ownership of the outlined goals and make things happen.
  • Technical, must enjoy getting your hands dirty above and beyond the Java platform.
  • Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision, yet actively interact with other team members in person or over the Internet (chat, video conference, email).
  • Work collaboratively on creative solutions with engineers, product managers and designers in an agile like environment.
  • Bring new ideas and new ways of solving problems to the team.


Education / Professional Experience


3+ years professional development experience in high-level languages (JavaScript, Java, etc.).

Experience writing/debugging automation technology (Ansible, Terraform, Packer) with Amazon Web Services ("AWS").

Experience writing, maintaining and securing CentOS, Alpine linux based hosts and AWS services with latest security best practices.

Working knowledge developing cloud based, dockerized applications and microservices.

Working knowledge of front end components and frameworks such as React and Node.

Experience working with Elasticsearch.


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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: 24878
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Desired
Employment Experience: 0-2 years
Licenses/Certifications: Not Applicable
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 03/21/2019