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Director, Corporate Strategy - Strategic Initiatives

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Job ID : 5804
Category : Strategy & Legal
Brand : Definity
Regular/Temporary : Regular
Fulltime/Parttime : Full Time
Location : Waterloo, Canada

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Definity includes some of Canada’s most long-standing and innovative insurance brands, including Economical Insurance, Sonnet Insurance, Family Insurance Solutions, and Petline Insurance. With strong roots that date back to 1871, we’ve grown to become a digital leader in the insurance industry. We’re proud to help our clients and communities adapt and thrive in a world of constant change.

Our promise to you: It’s better here. Why? Because we CARE, and we provide an employee experience that’s collaborative, ambitious, rewarding, and empowering.

Our ambition is to be one of Canada’s leading and most innovative P&C insurers. Come be a part of our journey, and love what you do.

Starting in September, Definity employees move to a hybrid work model so we can collaborate, build mentoring relationships, and solve complex or cross-functional business opportunities together. Our teams work in whichever environment best supports what they're working on and who they're working with. We're actively reinventing our offices as welcoming workspaces that optimize collaboration and empower leaders to use our space to strengthen team dynamics. Our tools and processes seamlessly connect employees from multiple locations, and our culture encourages respectful engagement and flexibility. Leaders work with their teams to determine the right balance of on-site and remote work that best meets the needs of their team, cross-functional engagement, responsibilities and timelines, plus those of our customers, our broker partners, and the company culture.

What can you expect in this role?

  • Manage an ‘in-house management consulting’ team of professionals to design and execute company-changing strategic initiatives. Apply creative solutioning, process discipline and people leadership to deliver initiatives that impact the entire organization.
  • Develop an M&A integration strategy and playbook, with focus on establishing a repeatable integration approach and developing synergy realization strategies.
  • Assess and lead activities to enhance organizational capabilities to enable the company to successfully achieve its corporate strategies and make accretive acquisitions.
  • Design and lead complex cross-disciplinary projects, ensuring effective execution, risk management and timely deliveries across multiple functional areas.
  • Lead workshops with executive stakeholders across the organization
  • Periodically present to senior management on developed strategies
  • Actively manage external advisors, vendors, and consultants

 

What do you bring to this role?

  • 9+ years of progressively senior experience gained working on strategic initiatives at a corporate strategy function in the insurance industry, or at a top tier management consulting firm in a value-creation practice
  • Proven experience managing cross-disciplinary enterprise-level initiatives or M&A integrations
  • Strong leadership skills leading a team of professionals; ability to build rapport with senior stakeholders to align on a common vision
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to explain detailed and technical information in a simple and creative manner; expert at creating impactful presentations with MS PowerPoint
  • Ability to think and act strategically, but also be willing to roll up the sleeves and put strategies and plans into motion
  • Undergraduate degree at a leading university, with high proven achievement

We also take potential into consideration. If you don’t have this exact experience, but you know you have what it takes, be sure to give us more insight through your application and cover letter.

Go ahead and expect a lot — you deserve it, and we’ve got it: 

  • Hybrid work schedule for most roles
  • Company share ownership program
  • Pension and savings programs, with company-matched RRSP contributions
  • Paid volunteer days and company matching on charitable donations
  • Educational resources, tuition assistance, and paid time off to study for exams
  • Focus on inclusion with employee groups, support for gender affirmation surgery, access to BIPOC counsellors, access to programs for working parents
  • Wellness and recognition programs
  • Discounts on products and services

Our inclusive work environment welcomes diversity and supports accessibility. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting: [email protected]

Background checks
This role requires successful clearance of a background check (including criminal checks and leadership references).

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