Principal Innovation Full Stack Engineer

September 18, 2023

Job Description

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

We are looking for a Former Founder with an emphasis on bringing an entrepreneurial approach to an Innovative team! 7 years of experience building AI powered applications.

About Variable:

We are an innovation team within a Fortune 100 company. Our mission is to discover, experiment, and build disruptive opportunities that leverage evolving frameworks, markets, and emerging technologies.

We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where innovation thrives. We believe in long-term, strategic investment in innovation and talent, and we provide a stable and resilient platform for our team to grow their careers.

Join us in our mission to shape the future through innovation.

The Role:

  • This role provides the rare opportunity to ignite change and disrupt the financial services industry.

  • Every member of this growing team is empowered to explore emerging, next-generation technologies, trends, and complementary startups that we believe are poised for exponential growth and align with our core ethos.

  • As a full-stack developer, you will be responsible for building and maintaining innovative web applications and software solutions. It is a unique opportunity to rapidly build with an entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Collaborate closely with operation and strategy leads, UI/UX designers, developers, and researchers.

  • Be able to effectively prototype in rapid development cycles and communicate development efforts and key findings to senior leadership.

The Skills:

  • Take initiative, work independently, strategize, and execute

  • Track record of building out full-stack applications

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, and lead development efforts

  • Fluent with newest technologies and modern tech stacks

  • Desire to work autonomously. Prefer simple solutions and designs over complex ones

  • Implement responsive and user-centric interfaces, ensuring an optimal user experience.

  • Create and maintain server-side and client-side code.

  • Build efficient backend frameworks, serving content through custom built REST or GraphQL API’s

  • Experience integrating with 3rd party API’s, and the ability to effectively communicate to seamlessly integrate into our internal stack

  • Experience with NodeJS, Express, NextJS, and ReactJS frameworks. Further experience is preferred that aligns with our stack of pythonic backend frameworks (Starlette, FastAPI, Flask, Django). Mastery of HTML/CSS/JS, and versioning tools (ie. Git).

  • Experience with server-less infrastructures such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

  • Deep database experience , whether in an agile setting using systems such as Supabase and Firestore, or other systems such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB.

  • Web3 : Exposure to web3 and blockchain technology, having developed decentralized applications from front-end to balancing off and on-chain infrastructure on the back-end.

Stretch Skills:

  • AI Domain Expertise : We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in ML/AI. Many of the products we build cover the entire surface of being full stack applications with a heavy underlying emphasis on Machine Learning.

  • Experience in developing AI-driven solutions and working with machine learning models, as well as familiarity with AI platforms, tools, and frameworks

  • Strong fundamental understanding of machine learning models, feed-forward neural networks, and transformer models

  • Deep knowledge of statistical analysis and model explainability

  • Experience in vector databases like Pinecone for tasks such as Document Retrieval or Semantic Search, and is familiar with model hosting solutions.

  • Former Founders : Founder experience ideal with an emphasis on bringing an entrepreneurial approach along with the ability and desire to build 0-1.


  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off

  • Highly competitive compensation that include base salary plus bonus

  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans, 401(k), pension program

If you don’t tick every box above, we’d still encourage you to apply. We’re building a diverse team whose skills balance and complement one another.

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N ort hwester n Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click  here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.

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.

If you work or would be working in California, Colorado, New York City, Washington or outside of a Corporate location, please click here for information pertaining to compensation and benefits.


We’re excited about the potential people bring to Northwestern Mutual. You can grow your career here while enjoying first-class perks, benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

  • Flexible work schedules
  • Concierge service
  • Comprehensive benefits
  • Employee resource groups

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