Associate User Experience Director

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Full-time

Company Description

You and Northwestern Mutual. We believe relationships are built on trust. That our lives and our work matter. And we’re much stronger together than we are apart. 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.

Our business is about helping people secure their financial futures, and that starts with putting people first – our clients, our employees and our field representatives. Northwestern Mutual is known for financial strength. We’re strong, innovative and growing. Come grow with us.

Job Description

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.


Associate User Experience Director

The Associate UX Director is a user-centered, innovative designer who is committed to creating beautifully simple experiences, and delightful moments of interaction. This person will drive the future of product design at Northwestern Mutual by guiding junior designers and design teams, and by being hands on in strategic initiatives. The Associate UX Director will help establish an interaction design language across products that considers best practices, our unique product vision, and the future of digital experiences. This person is a visionary who will push boundaries of UX and product design. This person will lead design teams, collaborate with leadership across the company, and facilitate dialogue around UX methods and movements in the industry.


What we’d like to see

  • Five+ years experience designing interfaces for large-scale digital experiences and applications.
  • A track record of entrepreneurial thinking and solutions-oriented disposition
  • Experience working closely with all levels of UX, playing well with visual, copy, engineering, product and research
  • An experienced manager and recruiter
  • A proven history of mentoring junior designers while ensuring every interaction is simple, intuitive and supports the product vision
  • Ability to provide clear UX direction as well as timely and prescriptive feedback on work as well as how to improve the design process for the company as a whole.
  • Significant knowledge of the fundamentals: visual design, brand development, principles of engineering and how products are put together.
  • A passion for being on top of new platforms and technologies.
  • A love of data.
  • A strong online portfolio available for viewing.


About Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual is an American financial services mutual organization based in Milwaukee. The financial security company provides consultation on wealth and asset income protection, education planning, retirement planning, investment advisory services, trust and private client services, estate planning and business planning. Its products include life insurance, disability income, and long-term care insurance; annuities; investments; and investment advisory products and services.


As part of Northwestern Mutual’s commitment to financial planning and customer service, Northwestern Mutual acquired Learnvest in 2015. What has resulted is the integration of teams across both offices, including a blended design team that reports to the VP of Design at Learnvest in New York. UX Designers in both cities, may work on projects for one or both companies, and will have opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and travel.



Req ID: 14701
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 6-8 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 06/15/2017