Data Visualization Engineer

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About the role:

Seeking talented individual to join a new start-up function to drive new insights & actions through data exploration, visualization, and data story-telling.  You will work closely with data analysts, data scientists, and business experts to create beautiful and meaningful displays of complex information.   The Visual Analytics & Expression team sits within the larger Enterprise Data & Analytics organization, and provides business insights across Northwestern Mutual.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create intuitive data visualizations to enhance cognitive understanding of the underlying data. Determine the best means of expression.
  • Leverage consulting, business advisory, and strong business acumen to understand your audience, identify needs and opportunities for data visualization, and lead efforts from concept to final deliverable.
  • Use design principles to explain complex statements and concepts, ensure consistency of analytic data products.
  • Identify & suggest actions/responses to information presented.
  • Design interfaces for exploring information to increase customer engagement.
  • Perform data analysis and as appropriate, compose data driven stories, with narrative and annotation. Lead presentations as required.
  • As appropriate, leverage advanced chart types: graphs/networks, maps, treemaps, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with project teams, end users/stakeholders to understand business objectives & requirements.


Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to tell a story with data – What does the analysis tell you? What do you think the business should do next? Why do you think what is happening, is happening?
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others with the story of what you’re seeing in the data to make business recommendations
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to lead projects start to finish, working with internal and external teams to make decisions and maintain momentum
  • Excellent time and project management skills, with the ability to manage detail work and communicate project status effectively to all levels



  • 3+ years relevant experience with a proven track record of leveraging analytics to drive significant business impact or to develop data/algorithm based products
  • Bachelor's degree in a quantitative or quantitatively driven field such as Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Computer Science, Econometrics, Data Visualization, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology  or related field.
  • General Statistical knowledge and intuition
  • Experience collaborating with advanced analytics professionals.
  • Ability to explain complex information in a simple way to a non technical audience.
  • Experience in graphic design & solid grounding in design principles
  • Experience in UX design a plus.
  • Experience within the Financial Services industry a plus.
  • Relational, no-SQL, and/or columnar data experience
  • Experience with SQL
  • Portfolio review on request
  • Demonstrated experience in key data visualization & supporting analytics tools such as:
    • JS/D3/HTML/CSS
    • Interactive analytical platforms (e.g. Tableau)
    • Data Analytics (R, Python)
    • Spatial tools such as ArcGIS a plus
    • Adobe Illustrator/In-Design a plus
    • Interface Mockup (Balsamiq) a plus


Req ID: 23562
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 6-8 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 09/19/2018