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VP of Identity & Access Management

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. 

We are seeking a seasoned technology and solution inspiring leader with strong practical experience in the Identity and Access (IAM) domain and all other relevant security domains. You will lead the IAM Architecture transformation efforts, provide deep domain expertise and mentor the IAM tribe on all identity-related subject matters. As a VP, you will have deep knowledge of the IAM industry standards, reference architectures and patterns, and possess the ability to discuss and present to any member of our organization including senior leadership. The right candidate will have strong business acumen, leadership skills, technical aptitude, strategic insights, many years of IAM technical experience and a strong track record of accomplishments in the IAM discipline. This individual will have an ability to forge relationships with all levels of partners within the organization and will have direct management responsibility of a team of directors/managers and their resources. We are seeking a hands-on leader with extensive knowledge and experience in enterprise identity management, responsible for driving strategy through execution.


Essential functions:

  • Understand, strategize and lead initiatives around IAM, authentication, authorization and other related components and how these security components are critical to their success
    • This includes, but is not limited to: ESAT, SSO, Active Directory, Provisioning/Deprovisioning, Certificate Authority, Recertification Processes, etc.
  • Understand the complexities of our current security systems, identify gaps in existing solutions, and provide new solutions and recommendations
  • Provide leadership at business and technical levels for the organization. 
  • Interface successfully with other executives within technology and outside of technology. The ideal candidate must have excellent engagement and communication skills with senior enterprise stakeholders, IT leadership and solution delivery peers, and must have a strong customer-focused, team-oriented, approach that balances security needs and user experience to provide best-in-class identity security to the organization.
  • Stay current with industry trends in the IAM space
  • Integrate IAM solutions in cloud and ensure operational resiliency. Provide strategy and implementation guidance on cloud technology migration and adoption including the coexistence of an on-premise, hybrid and cloud IAM infrastructure
  • Lead projects and meetings with product owners, technology owners, business leaders and senior management
  • Lead a robust team of employees; work closely with onshore and offshore teams
  • Troubleshoot, debug and fix application and database issues; manage critical support items to ensure prompt remediation of issues
  • Propose innovative and creative technology solutions
  • Document solutions using modeling, collaboration and presentation tools
  • Communicates and endorses strict adherence to development and quality standards and monitors adherence on an on-going basis.
  • Acts as an advocate for change management, encourages innovation and creativity in technology solutions.
  • Establish standards, drive design and implementation of appropriate IAM processes and controls that help improve operations and lower risk
  • Recruits, directs, motivates and develops staff, maximizing their individual contribution, their professional growth and their ability to function effectively with their colleagues as a team.


Required Skills/ Experience:

  • 7+ years of leadership experience in Identity Management
  • Strong understanding of Identity Management/Web Security/SSO/Federation best practices and concepts.
  • Must have current in-depth working knowledge with PING and PING Federate.
  • Person should have good understanding with OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect and SAML authentication/authorization protocols.
  • Working knowledge with securing both applications hosted on premise and in cloud.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with multi factor authentication (MFA) and risk based authentication.
  • Working experience in other web security platforms i.e. Entrust GetAccess and/or Siteminder
  • Experience with AWS, Azure Cloud, API Gateway, Active Directory, and ADB2C is a plus.


Impact You'll Make:

  • Lead all aspects of Identity and Access Management program. This includes all strategy, technology, and operations, in a DevOps model.
  • Act as the fully accountable party for all IAM-related services including, but not limited to, IdM, Privileged Access Management, SSO, MFA.
  • Define and drive an IAM strategy for the company to span legacy environments and to include all technology decisions and associated budget
  • Lead a team of 90+ associates, including managers; provide regular and meaningful performance feedback, coaching, and mentorship.
  • Regularly interact with executive leaders and drive IAM strategy through influence, including with C-level.
  • Act as SME for lAM related matters in compliance and regulatory agency engagements and customer audits.
  • Serve as the subject matter expert on identity and access management issues and provide expert level consultation to the business units.
  • Provide security review and guidance for projects driven by groups outside of Information Security, specifically developing security requirements and developing secure designs.
  • Establish strategic direction of the Identity and Access Management team.



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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: 25912
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 9+ years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 08/19/2019