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Test Engineering Lead

Date: Aug 13, 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. 

What's the role?

As a technical hands-on Test Engineering Lead, your job is to guide a team (and participate) in the manual and automation testing of various data and analytics-based efforts. These efforts are integrated over various systems and may include: free standing reporting systems, cloud-based data, on premised data, CRM, Field Facing and Home Office facing operational systems.

You will be reporting directly to a Director of Test Engineering and lead a team with an already-established testing process that you are expected to evolve/grow as you build out your team.  Your role will be that of a “full-stack” Test Engineering Lead- a strong, passionate leader of people who is a skilled exploratory tester with previous experience developing data connectivity, data models, data design, and writing automation. 

As a Lead Test Engineer, you will lead, implement and drive the data and analytics test strategy across the organization.

We align with the context-driven approach to testing and test management - if you know what that is, and more importantly, if you consider yourself to align with this approach, we want to talk to you!


Your general milestones for the first year are the following:

  • Within the first three weeks, be able to jump head-first into an ongoing project and ask the appropriate questions / do the appropriate research to construct your own presentable testing strategy for up to 3 ongoing projects.
  • Within one month, meet with all development and product leads to understand the technology and product roadmap.
  • Within two months, present a list of gaps, process improvements / goals / hiring plans that you plan to implement over the course of next 6 months.
  • Within five months, understand the landscape of data and data movement within Career Distribution.  You should understand all basic user flows and how the technology behind it works.
  • Within six months, be able to build out entire features leveraging our current automation test framework and infrastructure (written in node.js).
  • Within six months, demonstrate through measures that you have effectively led and provided proper test coverage for your teams.
  • Within seven months, demonstrate that you were able to execute on the list of process improvements / goals / hiring plans that you proposed 6 months prior.


Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • Proven results of delivering and guiding others (with references).
  • Proven experience of leading and mentoring teams specific to QA / test engineering.
  • Technical expertise in data testing, ETL; live data streams a plus
  • Can move quickly.  Everyone here is incredibly kind and extremely willing to share knowledge and a helping hand, but you have to be willing to take ownership of the outlined goals and make things happen.
  • Tech skills:  PowerBI, Informatica, SSIS, data modeling, data design, data management, Spark, Python, AWS



  • Tons of room for career growth.  You’re on the ground floor and your team will grow if you have the drive.
  • Highly technical and passionate fellow test engineers.  We care a lot about what we do and are very active in local meetups and love new ideas.
  • Highly competitive salary
  • Amazing Benefits


Grow your career with a best-in-class company that puts our client’s interests at the center of all we do. Get started now! 

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: 25858
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Desired
Employment Experience: 6-8 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 08/13/2019