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Senior Director Finance & Expense Operations

Date: Mar 8, 2019

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?

Directs expense management activities for functional or departmental operational planning and strategic investment funding.  Develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with senior management and company leaders across all of the company’s operations and strategic investments.  Be regarded as an essential leader for the company’s expense management activities.  Deliver value-added proposals and advice regarding expense management activities and discrete decision support opportunities when appropriate (e.g., opportunities for cost reduction in certain areas of the company).  Develop and deliver related presentations to senior financial management.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

    • Bachelor’s degree is required for this position, preferably in Accounting, Finance or relevant discipline.
    • A MBA or advance degree is also preferred.
    • Prior Big 4 consulting experience is highly desirable
    • Preferably someone that has worked in functional or technical capacity in implementing financial applications
    • Must have 10 years or more of relevant work experience in positions with increasing leadership responsibilities.
    • Must have superior organizational agility, communication and negotiation skills in order to maintain relations with all levels of management.
    • Must also have superior analytical and decision-making skills.
    • Must possess a well-developed internal network and relationships that demonstrate the ability to build rapport and gain acceptance at all levels in the Home Office.
    • Demonstrated ability to bring or acquire knowledge to fulfill accounting and reporting aspects of the position.
    • Proven ability to effectively manage people, build teams and improve work processes.


    Req ID: 24533
    Position Type: Regular Full Time
    Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
    Employment Experience: 3-5 years
    FLSA Status: Exempt
    Posting Date: 03/07/2019