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Sr Director Business Operations

Date: Aug 3, 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. 

Serves as a trusted, strategic advisor to an executive, functional or department head and leaders within the department or function. Helps to drive the strategic department or functional vision, operating model, budget and planning activities, and outcomes for the function or department. Regarded as a technical expert in job discipline and within the organization.


Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ business leadership experience
  • Manage complex Cross Digital Initiatives using Jira, AgileCraft or other tools
  • Have working knowledge of Jira, AgileCraft and/or TFS, Confluence
  • Proven leadership skills working with diverse teams
  • Superior interpersonal skills to lead groups of people
  • Experience in portfolio and/or project management, strategic and operational planning, and leading multiple complex projects with organization-wide impact
  • Demonstrated organizational agility to work across organizational boundaries, influence, and collaborate with all levels on solutions that benefit the organization
  • Ability to work horizontally w/ shared priorities – elevate functional priorities over department objectives. Thinks within lateral accountabilities and interdependence
  • Proven skills in dealing with ambiguity and paradox, and leading change
  • Exceptional business acumen and focus on achieving business impact through progressive practices and sound business judgment
  • Ability to translate goals and strategies into executable business plans
  • Strong integrity and proven ability to treat confidential information confidentially
  • Demonstrated learning agility and outside-in perspective to identify future trends and practices
  • Strong organizational skills; able to handle competing demands, and work under tight deadlines and short timeframes
  • Strong problem solving and strategic/critical thinking skills. Ability to identify underlying issues and influence others without formal authority
  • Facilitation and team building skills; ability to play an active, operational and communicative role
  • Interpersonal savvy and comfort interacting with and presenting to all levels of the organization, including senior leaders
  • High degree of self-motivation with leadership and initiative in sharing information, contributing towards group goals, and accepting responsibility for results
  • Pro-active and an ability to anticipate needs for a range of broad / complex business problems and staying ahead of them; comfortable working in an ambiguous environment


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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: 25539
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Desired
Employment Experience: 9+ years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 07/01/2019