Manager, Financial Operations
Winnipeg, MB
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders through nine regional offices and 41 service offices in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

We are currently looking for dedicated , driven , and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience, advancement on a growing team.

The Wawanesa Life Insurance Company is seeking top talent to join its growing Finance team, and is recruiting for a Manager, Financial Operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Our Finance team is helping to deliver transformational change to our business partners and our own organization. This role would be ideal for a candidate who enjoys managing and developing a cross-functional team in a change environment, troubleshooting operational queries, improving controls and streamlining processes and procedures.

If you’re interested in joining a team of motivated and skilled finance professionals, who are business focused and who want to add value to the organization, consider this exciting Winnipeg-based opportunity

Job Overview

The Manager, Financial Operations is responsible for leading and overseeing the Finance Department’s administrative activities, including the policyholder administration, accounts payable, reinsurance accounting and policyholder tax functions. The Manager, Financial Operations is responsible for managing financial activities in an accurate, efficient, effective and timely manner, whilst strengthening internal controls and safeguarding company assets and policyholder information.

As a member of the Wawanesa Life Finance management team, the Manager, Financial Operations is also responsible for collaborating with leadership across Wawanesa Life in support of short and long-term strategic initiatives and projects.

Provides oversight for the policyholder administration, accounts payable and reinsurance accounting functions, including troubleshooting, review & approvals

Lead the Finance stream for select company-wide strategic initiatives and operational projects

Responsible for the FATCA/CRS reporting and policyholder tax processes.

Oversees daily accounting activities and contributes to the month end close process, ensuring adherence to all key dates and deliverables

Responsible for operational regulatory reporting, including Unclaimed Property.

Responsible for the development and evolution of Finance policies and practices through developing and improving accounting policies, systems and procedures.

Provides guidance and input to the development and evolution of policies and practices throughout the organization.

Performs ongoing review of internal controls and participates in various compliance activities.

Oversee, coach and provides financial leadership to staff to ensure work environment is respectful, challenging and rewarding, and employees are maximized to their full potential while contributing to the achievement of Wawanesa's goals.

Provide strategic financial input and leadership on operational decisions, driving the organization to achieve our long-term financial goals.

Contributes to initiatives and be receptive to both employee resistance and acceptance, so that genuine understanding and commitment can occur.

Identifies opportunities and implements plans to achieve greater efficiencies and savings.

Stay abreast of insurance industry, regulatory and company changes and trends, conducts research on accounting and tax issues and provides direction to Finance staff and other operating departments as required.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Post-secondary degree and professional accounting designation (CPA or equivalent).

Minimum 5 years of post-qualifying accounting experience; public accounting, internal audit or insurance experience is considered an asset.

Ability to apply practical solutions to operational issues whilst maintaining the control environment.

Strong leadership skills with the proven ability to motivate and engage high performing diverse teams while managing change.

Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate at the right level for the intended audience.

Effective team player with ability to build and maintain trusting partnerships with senior leaders.

Advanced planning and organizing skills, with the ability to manage and prioritize a busy workload and multiple initiatives.

Strong decision making skills with the ability to identify relevant information and review potential impacts


Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful , challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, goal achievement plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan). Wawanesa provides a stable and rewarding environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets.

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.

Accommodations are available as needed for all applicants.