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Rotational Development Program - Technology

The Northern Trust Rotational Development Program (RDP) is designed to develop the technical skills, business acumen, and leadership abilities of early career professionals. During the 12-18 month program (dependent on the track), participants will have the opportunity to perform meaningful assignments in various rotations while gaining a broader perspective, along with exposure to leadership of the different departments in their chosen career track. Rotations are selected based on the business need as well as the RDP member’s career interests, goals, and skills.
RDP Support and Development
The program provides participants with dedicated ongoing support and professional development opportunities that include:
  • Two program mentors
  • Monthly speaker series
  • Learning & Development sessions
  • Career Development opportunities
  • Comprehensive orientation
  • Social Events
  • Access to RDP Alumni Network
The Rotational Development Program offers five tracks:
  • Corporate Finance Track 
  • Asset Management Track
  • Technology Track 
  • Asset Services of America Track
  • Credit Track 
Technology Track
The Technology track includes three 6-month rotations in either the Business Solutions Group or Engineering Group.
Members of the Technology Track contribute to key IT initiatives designed to expose them to Northern Trust’s various technologies and systems, allowing them to accelerate their understanding of the bank’s underlying applications and architecture. Core rotations may be completed in application development, data management, enterprise support, infrastructure engineering, systems architecture, and security. Additional rotations will increase in complexity to promote fast-paced, progressive learning throughout the program and may allow for specialization in a specific technology.
Examples of potential responsibilities (note: work varies by rotation and business need):
Technology - Business Solutions
  • Participate in all phases of full software development lifecycle
  • Design, code, implement, and test new features and modules for trade processing systems
  • Collaborate with business analysts to understand and translate product specifications
  • Work with testing teams and business partners to support testing and fix defects
  • Estimate work effort, schedules, milestones, risks and project status as it relates to product development
  • Define and identify risks associated with the use of technology for internal systems and hosted external systems
  • Review and assess controls through established frameworks for third party risk assessments, application control assessments, infrastructure control assessments, and other due diligence initiatives
  • Manage, streamline and automate deployment and build process of an internal or vended solution
  • Create and continuously improve support documentation and transition new support requirements to resources
  • Draw and write up detailed software design diagrams with use-cases for appropriate stakeholders
Technology - Engineering
  • Design, code, implement, and test new features and modules for infrastructure systems
  • Research ways to use modern Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence algorithms and techniques to identify problems and root causes that may not be readily apparent with classical approaches
  • Leverage big data systems such as Splunk and Hadoop to analyze vast amounts of data for anomalies
  • Develop and design event driven programs using advanced distributed queuing systems such as Kafka 
Technology - Information & Cyber Security
  • Identify risks associated with the use of technology for internal systems and hosted external systems.
  • Ensure that risk management programs communicate security policies and requirements so people know, understand and can follow.
  • Collaborate with Information Security, Privacy, and Risk Management teams to provide continuous improvement to Information Security and Technology Risk Policies and frameworks.
  • Participate in cyber security incident response as required.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university (preferred majors listed below) with expected graduation dates between December 2021 through Summer 2022 (Start dates June/July 2022) preferred
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Applicants must not now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status to work in the United States
Members of Northern Trust’s Rotational Development Program possess the following:
  • Intermediate proficiency in programming – minimum of 3 courses completed
  • Strong interest in technology and innovation
  • Analytical, quantitative and problem solving skills
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Knowledge and interest in Northern Trust and the financial services industry
Recommended Attributes:
  • Working knowledge of common programming languages (i.e., Java, C#, Javascript, Python, C/C++, Unix, SQL, etc.)
  • Understanding of agile methodologies (i.e. Scrum, TDD, devOps)
  • Familiarity with popular version control software (i.e. Git, TFS)
  • Excellent problem solving and trouble-shooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and adapt quickly to new technologies/systems
  • Strong sense of personal courage (active meeting participant, asking for help, etc.)
Preferred majors:
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Electrical 
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Management Information Systems
  • Informatics
After successfully completing the program, qualified Associates will apply for a role that best leverages the experiences they’ve gained throughout their rotations and meets their career interests. Participation in the Program is not guaranteed for any period of time, nor is it a promise of employment since participants are employed at will.  
Placement Opportunities:
  • Business Solutions
  • Information Services Analyst 
  • Information Security Analyst 
  • Applications Analyst (Software Engineer)
  • Engineering
  • Data Scientist
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer​​​​​​
  • Information & Cybersecurity 
  • Information Security Analyst
Application Process: 
At Northern Trust, we place a huge value on “fit” – our clients, the services we provide, the technology we create, and most importantly, the people we hire.
As an applicant to an Early Career role, we want to get to know you - what you value, how you solve problems, what you aspire to, and whether we’re a good “fit” for your skills and career goals. To help us understand your “fit” for a role with us we ask you to complete a few stages:
Stage 1 – Online Application. 
Click on Apply for Job and complete your online application where we ask you for personal information, academic history and check your eligibility.
Stage 2 – Career eNTry online assessment. 
Take a brief online assessment so we can identify key skills and attributes important for working at Northern Trust.
Stage 3 – Interview.
If you are selected to move forward in the process for the role you have applied to, you will then be invited to participate in interview(s) where we will ask you some competency/behavioral based questions and give you an opportunity to ask us some questions.
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Good luck, we are looking forward to learning more about you.