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Distinguished Engineer, Infrastructure & Cloud

Date: Jul 31, 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. 

Distinguished Engineer, Infrastructure and Cloud will evolve and maintain Northwestern Mutual’s infrastructure strategy and provide industry expertise to guide the selection of technical solutions. She/He will Integrate various initiatives, needs, and cross-team efforts to maintain a cohesive roadmap that aligns with the broader digital, security, operational and financial concerns of the enterprise. The DE will act as a strategic steward of purposeful infrastructure innovation working in close connection with infrastructure and development community. She/He will develop mechanisms for stronger alignment and communication with other partners of Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) including EIRC, EA, DWCS and App development to forge organic and continuous collaboration on key cross-functional engineering decisions. The Distinguished Engineer will report to the VP of Infrastructure and Operations.


Given the accountabilities of this are closely related with that of leaders across the team, the VP of Infrastructure Engineering will lead and influence a cross-functional group of technologists across I&O, application, and security teams. The ideal candidate will be able to work in close partnership with other VPs and Directors on strategic decisions and roadmaps to ensure a merit-based approach as opposed to a provincial decision framework. 



  • Develop and maintain infrastructure direction ranging across 1-3 years with the help of blueprints and roadmaps 
  • Provide subject matter expertise to devise strategy and architectural direction across compute, storage, middleware, database, cloud, mainframe and devops.
  • Provide thought leadership on sourcing direction for labor and materials. 
  • Participate and represent NM in strategic vendor partnerships to gather technical insights and influence in strategic negotiations.
  • Operate a community of technologists on infrastructure innovation across infrastructure and app dev to develop recommendations on responses to various needs and opportunities. 
  • Govern the overall cost-effectiveness and oversee the realization of opportunities
  • Partner with EA and I&O to govern key architectural decisions and execution approaches. 
  • Partner with cloud and application teams to investigate opportunities to accelerate cloud innovation. Function as a change agent for cloud adoption. 


Experience and expertise

  • 15-20 years of leadership experience in infrastructure disciplines at a senior level functioning either as head of engineering, operations or architecture.
  • Deep knowledge and expertise in classic and modern stacks across compute, network, middleware, database, monitoring and cloud. 
  • Excellent skills in influencing and collaborating with colleagues across all levels and departments. Ability to operate on merit using influence and subject matter expertise. 


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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: 25550
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 9+ years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 07/08/2019