Senior Project Manager (Contract)
Northbridge Financial Corporation
Toronto, Ontario
2d ago

Job Type : Contract

Professional Areas : EPMO

Description : The Power of Together

The Power of Together

Join Northbridge, a growing dynamic company that has a long and rich Canadian history in providing innovative insurance solutions to customers nationwide.

Northbridge Financial Corporation is a leading commercial property and casualty insurance company that’s been helping protect Canadian businesses for more than 90 years. We’re 100% Canadian!

We offer a wide range of creative solutions to our customers through our Northbridge Insurance, TruShield Insurance and Federated Insurance brands where we strive to create a fair and friendly culture, upheld by the foundation of our five corporate values : respect, passion, connectedness, creativity, and excellence.

By continually striving to challenge the status quo, and by focusing on helping the customers we have the privilege of insuring achieve the possibilities of their business, we’ve been able to build our reputation as one of Canada’s largest commercial insurance providers.

To help us continue to build on this success, we’re committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people.

Be part of a team that’s passionate about making a difference every day, fuelled by our entrepreneurial spirit and where everyone owns a part of our success.

Our company has had an amazing journey so far, and our future is full of new possibilities!

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, our head office is easily accessible by TTC and GO Transit, and within walking distance to the Eaton Centre, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, and CN Tower.

As a national property and casualty commercial insurance provider, we also have offices across Canada.

Position Summary

The Senior Project Manager is accountable for managing and successfully implementing and delivering strategic projects that cross multiple departments and enable corporate strategy.

The incumbent will manage large complex projects with multiple vendors and various departments including IT. Managing projects includes overseeing the definition of activities and tasks, providing guidance in business case preparation, building and issuing project schedules, then executing against that schedule and objectives while ensuring the project is tightly controlled through effective issue and risk management.

What you will be doing :

  • Lead in the planning and managing of projects which are large in scope and complexity, on a company-wide basis with a focus on IT
  • Ensure that all major projects are properly resourced and funded
  • Developing and seeking approval for the business case
  • Creating and maintaining project charters, plans, and other PM documents
  • Identifying, acquiring, launching, or upgrading software solutions
  • Overseeing large-scale application development or systems integration
  • Define and manage program and project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders
  • Lead change management initiatives and aspects of the project lifecycle while collaborating with the business and IT partners to oversee all phases of the project (including, as applicable, change management, process management, project management, transition to business / operations, system development, quality management, etc) and ensure project structure is designed to achieve the intended business benefit
  • Utilise, implement and evolve Northbridge’s Project Management Methodology.
  • Responsible for providing direct reports with management direction, reports, tools and the knowledge necessary to perform their job effectively including providing mentoring and coaching as well as providing feedback for performance evaluations
  • Comprehend the complex, diverse environment with multiple changing priorities and demands, then articulate and lead developing project management plan through challenging initiatives
  • Review other PM’s project plans and provide advice and guidance
  • Works closely with the project sponsor and business owner to ensure clear understanding of project objectives and any constraints that may exist for successful completion of the project
  • Establish or work with, the project governance to ensure in-depth understanding of the project schedule and expectations
  • Ensure that all technical and governance standards are met in all initiatives and track the planned and achieved benefits of each project
  • Be responsible for creating detailed project plans of record to record initiatives and set initial schedules, reflecting priorities and determining dependencies.
  • Plans include costing, benefits analysis and target outcomes for each project

  • Establish processes and mitigating strategies for managing issues and risks across project and associated projects, including escalation processes
  • Assist with workload and resource estimating, planning, forecasting and monitoring
  • Develop, disseminate and promote appropriate project management standards, strategies, policies, methods, techniques and tools
  • Work with PMs in developing and implementing project management and framework
  • Manage project-inter-dependencies, the integrated project plan, and completion of project deliverables to approved project budgets and schedules
  • Develop plans to manage activities and ensure required controls are in place to complete the project deliverables within financial targets.
  • Develop and deliver all levels of project communications

  • Perform change and risk management, project closure, and document lessons learned
  • Ensure artifacts and deliverables meet audit requirement
  • Occasional travel
  • What we are looking for :

  • University degree in computer science or engineering, or combination of related discipline and experience
  • Minimum of 7-10 years work experience with at least 5 years in a Project Management role
  • Minimum 3-5 years of supervisory experience
  • PMP and PMI designation or equivalent project management experience. (OR PMP & PMI designation preferred)
  • Experience and / or working knowledge of Agile project management, specifically using the Scrum framework (CSM or PSM certifications preferred)
  • Experience and / or working knowledge of Duck Creek preferred
  • Experience and / or working knowledge of change management principles and methodologies
  • Knowledge and experience with the full software development lifecycle and business analysis methodologies including, but not limited to : (a) system requirements and scope changes;
  • b) software development and code management; (c) testing and quality assurance; (d) documentation; (e) deployment and training;
  • and (f) transition to operations

  • Demonstrated understanding of the Project Management Life Cycle
  • Advanced knowledge of all standard PC software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite etc.) and Microsoft Project, Visio or equivalent other mapping or planning tools
  • Financial background in budgeting, forecasting, and tracking of actuals
  • Strong understanding of the Property and Casualty Insurance industry, products and terminology is an asset
  • Fluently bilingual (English / French) is an asset
  • What sets you apart :

  • Excellent project management skills and ability to apply project management methodologies in the context of an IT project
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong relationships at all levels including the ability to lead, influence and persuade
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to work independently in a dynamic / self-empowered environment
  • Demonstrated ability to understand process and workflow management
  • Excellent problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Strong business, deadline and results orientation
  • Knowledge of use case methodology
  • Has breadth and depth of understanding of multiple lines of business and is able to facilitate communication between multiple stakeholders efficiently and effectively
  • Excellent critical thinking, analytical capabilities and decision-making
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities, coordinate and schedule
  • What We Have to Offer :

  • Northbridge Cares program volunteer day and donation matching
  • Generous paid time off, including personal days. Flexible work hours as well as early departure opportunities
  • Flexible Group Benefits Plan medical, dental, insurances
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan + Optional Group RRSP
  • Northbridge Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance plan
  • Staff Insurance - discount on home, automobile and pet insurance
  • Plus, the opportunity to contribute to the success of Northbridge through sharing your knowledge and experience while learning from others!
  • Application Process :

    Northbridge welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

    Interested, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply below.

    All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory background and reference checks, including a criminal record check, credit check, and employment and educational verifications.

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