Test Engineer - Mainframe
Franklin, WI 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
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 Engineer in our digital insurance mainframe space, your job is to gain deep mastery of our business area and participate in the testing of mainframe batch jobs and various legacy systems. You will additionally take on the role as a quality advocate and will be responsible for driving the quality processes and standards that have been established by the Test Engineering group.

Within the Test Engineering group at Northwestern Mutual, your hard-to-find expertise in these systems and this particular brand of testing is something that is celebrated - mainframe technology is and will be the core backbone of our business systems and those that operate well within the space are seen as heroes and magicians and are rewarded at a premium. You will play a key position in ensuring that these systems that keep our company operating are running as intended and performing optimally.

You will be reporting to a Test Engineering Manager within the mainframe space and sit directly on an agile team. Your role will be that of a Full Stack" Test Engineer - a process-oriented person who techs well and is also a skilled exploratory tester with previous experience writing automation or at least a deep understanding of how it can be effectively implemented. 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 month, be able to describe in detail your system under test and the immediate integration points to said system. You should be able to describe to your manager core functionality of the system, data flow, and how this system fits into the bigger picture.
  • Within 3 months, demonstrate effective risk based test planning that fits within the scope of a sprint by producing test plans that require minimal refactoring.
  • Within six months, show a basic understanding of JCL and PLI
  • Within eight months, demonstrate that you have learned our Java-based automation framework to a sufficient degree in which you can create basic scenarios (leveraging your JCL knowledge).
  • Within one year, demonstrate that you can build out fully-fledged automation features with minimal assistance.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • Solid testing mindset (curious, thorough, and a knack for exploratory testing).
  • Working proficiency of at least one programming language. PLI and JCL strongly preferred and rewarded.
  • Can move quickly and independently. 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.


  • Tons of room for career growth.
  • 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.
  • VERY competitive salary and amazing benefits.

This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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