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Sr Dir Risk Mgmt

Date: Aug 14, 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. 

The Senior Director of Information Risk Management – Controls Assurance and Risk Quantification provides leadership and direction for the diverse and complex Information Risk Management (IRM) function. Accountable for vision, strategies and operations: 1) build out of Controls Assurance and Risk Quantification capabilities; 2) in coordinating services needed by first line of defense as a “business client”; 3) in collaborating with other NM business areas and the Financial Network to ensure effective prioritization and response of Information and Technology risks across the enterprise. Manages and deploys resources to serve diverse functional areas. Negotiates with enterprise leaders to set priorities and accomplish cross-functional objectives. Exercises mature judgment to achieve balance between information risks and business impacts and needs. Demonstrates organizational agility and political savvy and leverages deep understanding of NM culture and risk tolerance to influence positive change across the enterprise (moving toward a more information risk-aware culture).

Provides advice, perspective and consultation to the Vice President - IRM and all EIRC leadership regarding risk quantification, risk prioritization and risk assurance activities.  Provides leadership and direction through assistant directors and team leads and is accountable for the performance and results of related disciplines.  Engages Enterprise Information Risk and Cybersecurity leadership in setting strategic direction for EIRC to support the NM Strategy.  Establishes and assures enterprise aligned execution for risk prioritization and assurance activities.  Maintains budget discipline to deliver expected outcomes, coordinating priorities with other business areas as appropriate. Engages staff, Technology (Tech and Digital Workplace & Corporate Solutions) leadership and business partners in organizational change to mature and sustain information risk for the enterprise. 

Leverages relationships to act as a liaison between IRM and business units for the strategy, development and implementation of best risk management approaches and practices in business context.  Anticipates complex business issues that impact EIRC and the effectiveness of enterprise information risk management.  Deploys complex resources in support of business area needs.  Evaluates and prioritizes risk in new and existing systems from both a business and a technology perspective; recommends and exercises mature judgment that balances effectiveness and appropriateness of risk controls with business impact and needs.  Demonstrates organizational agility and political savvy to effectively influence enterprise buy-in to address risk areas often avoided.  Oversees and directs the design of information risk communication and leverages deep understanding of NM culture and risk tolerance to influence positive change across the enterprise (moving toward a more information risk-aware culture).     

Collaborates with Technology leadership and NM business leaders in order to minimize current risks, develop action plans and prioritize resources.  Recognized across NM as an expert in industry best information risk management practices; uses judgment to appropriately apply them to Northwestern Mutual risk management.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related field
  • Minimum 10 or more years of IT and business/industry experience with at least 3 years of leadership experience in managing multiple, large, cross-functional teams or projects, and influencing senior level management and key stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to negotiate and influence all areas of the company without direct authority.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Ability to develop and manage relationships with internal and external department leadership and business associates.
  • Must be able to create and lead cross functional teams.
  • Organizational agility, political savvy and strong, broad network of leaders in IS and across NM
  • Ability to strategically address business issues
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity or uncertainty in developing information risk strategy
  • Prior experience managing teams and projects with success balancing risk, service level agreements and cost.
  • Knowledge of government / industry regulatory issues which impact various Northwestern Mutual related entities.
  • Broad knowledge of past, current and emerging information risk and security trends.
  • Strong organizational management and communication skills
  • Knowledge of information and technology risk



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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: 25809
Position Type: College
Education Experience: Bachelor's Desired
Employment Experience: 6-8 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 07/29/2019