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Risk Engineer

Date: Nov 27, 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.

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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.



The purpose of this role is to (1) create a better partnership and experience between risk management areas and the project teams so they can be successful, (2) embed risk-driven culture and decision making within agile teams so risk is not an afterthought and (3) assure that NM is actively identifying and effectively responding to new and evolving risks encountered by the teams at agile speed and scale.


Role Summary:

The Risk Engineer role is designed to be a liaison with the various risk partners at Northwestern Mutual. In addition to performing their standard duties, this role helps ensure the business is aware of risk encountered by their area, the impact it has on their area or the organization and is responsible for driving the necessary work within their areas to appropriately address the risk (avoidance, acceptance, remediation). Overall this role is entrusted to drive risk-aware design and behaviors.


Essential Duties for Role:

  • Act as liaison for all risk partners to assure compliance with company standards
  • Coordinate activities between product team(s) and risk and security partners
  • Educate team on risks that need to be addressed as part of product design
  • Work closely with risk partners to implement appropriate processes and controls to align with documented policies
  • Document decisions during design and implementation of processes and controls
  • Facilitate risk profile creation, gather information, and act as a central point of contact to assure that requirements have been implemented properly
  • Manage findings for product team(s) in their area, according to the findings workflow process
  • Facilitate risk escalations
  • Review and monitor risk profiles and implemented controls after Production deployment to assure control effectiveness
  • Work with ASRC mentor to facilitate the “Authorization to Operate” process
  • Participate in education opportunities such as monthly alignment sessions, self-education, etc.
  • Provide feedback on the risk policies and processes
  • Identify and document changes to products, services, roles, and architecture in their area
  • Maintain current asset inventory and product risk profile for products in their area
  • Appropriately tag code in repositories


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Subject matter expert in their area of business
  • Passion to assure risk decisions are disciplined and transparently made
  • Acts with integrity and trustworthiness
  • Readiness to learn
  • Possesses effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibits “Managerial Courage”
  • Knowledge of Risk Management Frameworks utilized at Northwestern Mutual
  • Experience working in Archer
  • Risk Certifications a plus (CISSP, CRISC, other Risk Management certifications)



Req ID: 24347
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 3-5 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 11/27/2018