Workplace Strategist
The Great-West Life Assurance Company
London, ON
Our Story

We are proud to announce that Canada Life will become our company brand under which our three companies service – Great West Life, London Life, and Canada Life.

Together, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have been in the business of keeping promises for over a century. The new Canada Life brand combines the strengths of all three – so we can better deliver on our purpose: To improve the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians.

Role Description

Reporting to the Manager, Workplace Strategy and Change Management, the Workplace Strategist role is responsible for strategic roadmaps that deliver innovative activity based work solutions to support the evolution of our Canadian business operations including strategy development, client engagement, change and program management as well as data analytics.

As part of a highly collaborative team, this role functions in a fast-paced environment managing the development of critical and high impact projects and leading teams through the transition using a dynamic change management program.

Working with management from all divisions and stakeholders in Information Services, Human Resources, Document Management, and Finance, the Workplace Strategist gathers and analyzes data relative to business functions and headcount forecasts in order to understand the impact of long-term corporate goals, initiatives and external business drivers on the real estate portfolio, while implementing strategies to optimize real estate utilization and improve the overall workplace experience.

This position could be located in Toronto or London. Travel will be required.

Accountabilities:
Develop activity based workplace models for specific business units by understanding their core functions and implementing applicable aspects of Great-West Life’s workplace strategy program.
Provide strategic planning services for a multi-site real-estate portfolio including building stack strategies, 5 year project roadmaps, and associated capital budgets.
Ability to think strategically and assess the impact of changes with an understanding of business unit challenges and other contributing factors.
Deliver dynamic change management strategies and services for the portfolio of projects. (These services include change program development, session facilitation, survey analysis, pre/post session documentation, and participation in regular project meetings among other duties)
Build relationships and provide account management services ensuring that customer expectations are set and met relative to our workplace program. Host regular updates with management to maintain an understanding of their short/long-term objectives and their potential impact on housing needs.
Educate our executive and their leadership teams on our evolving workplace strategy and gain sponsorship of our overall program.
Remain knowledgeable and informed on evolving workplace trends. Possess strong networking abilities, attend events and conferences, reading relevant workplace material, staying up to date on what’s changing in our industry.
Ability to analyze data and research material to draw out relevant information and a present a clear and concise story supporting workplace recommendations backed by pertinent findings.
Develop presentations and other material for senior management and participate in promoting and increasing the awareness of Corporate Properties Workplace Strategy Program

Qualifications:
Core skill sets include innovative problem solving, strong presentation skills, and effective communication (oral and written) across all levels of the organization. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and possess the ability to manage multiple projects and deliverables, leveraging a team oriented approach to focus on their core area of expertise, while liaising with other areas of Corporate Properties as required.

3-5 years’ experience in facilities management, workplace design, or change leadership
Strong presentation skills with the ability to deliver client sessions across all levels of staff and management
Active listener with the ability to influence and persuade others towards a common goal/vision
Comfortable navigating various technology systems to interperate workplace analytics and inform decision making
Acute business acumen with understanding of large scale organizational challenges
Strong planning and organizational skills
Experience with budgeting, financial analysis and financial management
Flexible and adaptable with the ability to work in ambiguous situations
Team oriented with strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
Experience with large-scale organizational change efforts
Ability to work within deadlines and manage changing priorities
Strong technical abilities and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to collaborate with internal team members and business units on projects
CFM or MCR considered an asset
Change Management designation considered an asset
French/English Bilingualism would be considered an asset

Discover your opportunity….Apply today!

Great-West Life offers competitive compensation, great benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, wellness account and personal days not to mention onsite cafeteria and fitness in our head office facilities. If you’d like to join our team submit your information online and introduce yourself.

Together Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada, with additional operations in Europe and the United States. As members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies, we’re one of Canada’s leading insurers with interests in life insurance, health insurance, investment and retirement savings. We offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

We are committed to providing an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and to creating an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Great-West Lifeco would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.