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IT Project Director


Toronto, ON, CANADA
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If you are the type of person who thrives on change, growth and opportunity, and are interested in a career in the financial services industry, Manulife is the place for you.

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IT Project Director - Investments-1404706


As part of the Investment Division, Delivery Management Office, the successful candidate will be responsible for planning and managing various initiatives to quality, schedule and cost while accomplishing stated objectives. Adhering to Manulife delivery methodology, the candidate will be responsible to provide overall direction across various disciplines for successful completion of large-scale programs and projects.

  • Provide oversight of projects within the program and monitor the progress of key deliverables to ensure the overall goals, schedules, budget, and benefits of the program will be met
  • Identify and monitor dependencies and trends and recommend solutions. 
  • Responsible for managing one or more highly complex or high impact projects affecting multiple business units or divisions.
  • Develop and maintain project plans, resource utilization schedules and budget materials for multiple simultaneous projects and operational activities.
  • Partner with Business Unit Leads to prioritize projects based on the requirements of the organization, the recommended technology solution and the estimated effort and resources required to satisfy both - Project Execution and tracking 
  • Coordinate and drive project activities to deliver required functionality on time and within budget. 
  • Closely monitor project resources, tasks, risks and milestones. Make course corrections when necessary using defined change control procedures. 
  • Provide accountability for the financial management and budgeting process for projects. 
  • Provide people leadership across all disciplines of solutions delivery life cycle.
  • Responsible for managing all day to day project activities for a team of individual contributors spanning cross-site locations. 
  • Direct activities, assign responsibilities, set expectations and motivate team members toward achieving program/project objectives. 
  • Provide input into vendor negotiations and manage vendor within defined contract parameters.
  • Prepare management reports for project sponsor, develop Gating documents
  • Contribute to the development/improvement of project management/departmental processes



Education and Experience:  
  • 7-10+ years proven project or program management experience, preferably in investment industry 
  • University Degree 
  • PMP is a plus
  • Solid understanding of Financial Services and Investment Management Strategies & Products 
  • Practical experience working on Investment Management projects 
  • Strong experience with Rational Unified Process (RUP) or Agile methodologies is required. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously 
  • Experience with large-scale systems development projects and process redesign efforts 
  • Excellent analytic, problem solving, business judgment and organizational skills 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment, across multiple and diverse business and systems groups 
  • Strong management, influence and leadership skills 
  • Ability to build strong relationships with business and system partner is essential. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications, comfortable and effective in delivering to senior business and IT management and stakeholders.
  • Experience in project team management 
  • Ability to understand technical systems documentation and interact with systems resources
About Manulife 
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$635 billion (US$574 billion) as at March 31, 2014. Our group of companies operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. 
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at 


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